National Newswatch

Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia

Jan 15 2019 — — There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

Jan 11 2019 — — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry carried explosive […]

Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran

Dec 19 2018 — — Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and struggles to deal with Russia and China and the risk that Iran would revive its nuclear program. In one cable, European diplomats described a meeting between President Trump and President Vladimir V. […]

Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Push Finds Critics on All Sides

Dec 7 2018 — — Crews are hard at work these days on the oil rigs that rise above the horizon in southeastern Saskatchewan. At least for now. Dylan Gilliss, the owner of a company that provides workers and equipment for drilling, sees plans by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to impose carbon taxes on the province as a […]

Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

Nov 20 2018 — — President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation. The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, […]

Justin Trudeau’s Official Fixer-Upper

Nov 16 2018 — — Many years ago a friend defined the perfect Canadian political scandal as someone having lunch at the government’s expense — and enjoying it. His joke came back to me again and again while I was reporting on the protracted saga that is 24 Sussex Drive, the rundown official residence of Canada’s prime minister.

Turkey links Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Nov 12 2018 — — Shortly after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to three people familiar with a recording […]

Trump’s USMCA trade deal could be upended as Democrats vow to withhold support

Nov 12 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s promise to quickly pass a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement has been upended by the midterm elections, with Democrats who will soon control the House vowing to withhold their support to extract greater protections for American workers. Administration officials remain confident they will corral the votes for the new United States-Mexico-Canada […]

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception

Nov 12 2018 — — North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged […]

Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional

Nov 8 2018 — — What now seems an eternity ago, the conservative law professor Steven Calabresi published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in May arguing that Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel was unconstitutional. His article got a lot of attention, and it wasn’t long before President Trump picked up the argument, tweeting that “the Appointment of […]

After Midterm Results, Canadians Watch Fate of Trade Agreement

Nov 7 2018 — — Canadians will closely watch the fate of a newly negotiated trade pact, analysts said, after the American midterm elections brought Democrats to power in the House and injected a new element of uncertainty in trade relations. Polls show that President Trump is widely unpopular among Canadians, experts noted, so the results may have given a […]

Women Lead Parade of Victories to Help Democrats Win House

Nov 7 2018 — — They marched, they ran, and on Election Day, they won. Women led a parade of victories and unexpected upsets Tuesday to win control of the House for the Democrats. It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald J. Trump’s election and presidency. Women poured into […]

Roger Stone Sold Himself to Trump’s Campaign as a WikiLeaks Pipeline. Was He?

Nov 2 2018 — — When the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, appeared on a video link from Europe a month before the 2016 presidential election and vaguely promised to release a flood of purloined documents related to the race, the head of Donald J. Trump’s campaign, Stephen K. Bannon, was interested. He emailed the political operative Roger J. Stone Jr., […]