National Newswatch

Senate negotiators announce framework deal on bipartisan gun package

Jun 12 2022 — — Key senators announced a framework agreement on new gun legislation Sunday, marking a breakthrough on a collection of measures to combat gun violence, including “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks on gun buyers. The chief negotiators of the deal are Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., an outspoken proponent of gun safety laws, and Sen. John […]

4 killed in shooting at Tulsa hospital; gunman also dead, police say

Jun 1 2022 — — Multiple people were shot inside an Oklahoma hospital Wednesday and authorities said the gunman was killed. The gunfire erupted about 5 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said. In a statement, the police department said a man armed with a rifle entered a building on the hospital’s campus on Wednesday […]

Australia votes for new government as PM Morrison admits defeat

May 21 2022 — — Australia’s prime minister has conceded defeat after an election that could deliver a minority government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison acted quickly after Saturday’s election despite millions of votes yet to be counted because an Australian prime minister must attend a Tokyo summit on Tuesday with U.S., Japanese and Indian leaders. “I believe it’s very important […]

Michigan election chief: Trump suggested I be arrested for treason and executed

May 19 2022 — — Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s top election official, faced an onslaught of threats after the 2020 presidential election for refusing to overturn results that showed Joe Biden had won the state. In those hectic weeks, she says she also received an especially disturbing piece of information: President Donald Trump suggested in a White House meeting that she […]

Earth given 50-50 chance of hitting key warming mark by 2026

May 10 2022 — — The world is creeping closer to the warming threshold international agreements are trying to prevent, with nearly a 50-50 chance that Earth will temporarily hit that temperature mark within the next five years, teams of meteorologists across the globe predicted. With human-made climate change continuing, there’s a 48 percent chance that the globe will reach […]

Elon Musk reaches deal to buy Twitter

Apr 25 2022 — — Elon Musk is buying Twitter and taking it private. Twitter’s board of directors unanimously agreed to Musk’s offer to purchase the social media platform at a price of $44 billion, the company announced Monday. The deal brings arguably the internet’s most influential platform under the control of one of the world’s richest people. Musk, a […]

Biden says Russia is committing ‘genocide’ in Ukraine

Apr 12 2022 — — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine amounted to “genocide,” marking the first time he has leveled the accusation against President Vladimir Putin. “More evidence is coming out about literally the horrible things that the Russians have done in Ukraine,” Biden told reporters during a trip to Iowa. “And […]

Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court in historic vote

Apr 7 2022 — — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be elevated to the Supreme Court when the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick. The final vote was 53 to 47, with all 50 Democratic caucus members supporting Jackson, joined by Republican Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and […]

Ukraine says Russian strike destroyed children’s hospital; Moscow accuses U.S. of waging ‘economic war’

Mar 9 2022 — — A children’s hospital in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol was “completely destroyed” in the midst of Russian airstrikes, city officials said Wednesday, with video showing a charred building missing windows and surrounded by piles of debris. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties or how many people were inside the hospital, […]

Biden to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Feb 25 2022 — — President Joe Biden announced Friday that he will nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. In a tweet, Biden said Jackson “is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice.” Biden […]