National Newswatch

A ‘Bridge’ to China, and Her Family’s Business, in the Trump Cabinet

Jun 3 2019 — — The email arrived in Washington before dawn. An official at the American Embassy in Beijing was urgently seeking advice from the State Department about an “ethics question.” “I am writing you because Mission China is in the midst of preparing for a visit from Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao,” the official wrote in October […]

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

May 28 2019 — — President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis. Now, after two years spent unraveling

A Battered but Unbowed Justin Trudeau Vows to Stay the Course in Canada

May 17 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has a simple strategy for winning re-election: Ignore the plummeting polls, defend his record and push back against detractors. Despite months of criticism over his handling of a corporate criminal case and treatment of a female cabinet minister — and continuing pressure over his environmental and energy policies — […]

Trump Said He Would Tame Rogue Nations. Now They Are Challenging Him.

May 12 2019 — — Three nations that have long defined themselves as bitter adversaries of the United States — North Korea, Iran and Venezuela — decided this week they could take on President Trump. Each one is betting that Mr. Trump is neither as savvy a negotiator nor as ready to use military force as he claims. Each also […]

Trump’s Tariffs Are a New Tax on Americans

May 11 2019 — — President Trump’s new tariffs on Chinese imports, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, are taxes that will be paid by Americans. That is a simple fact, and it remains true no matter how many times Mr. Trump insists the money will come from China.

It’s Not the Collusion, It’s the Corruption

Apr 19 2019 — — The Mueller report is like a legal version of a thriller movie in which three malevolent forces are attacking a city all at once. Everybody’s wondering if the three attackers are working together. The report concludes that they weren’t, but that doesn’t make the situation any less scary or the threat any less real.

Mueller Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report

Apr 18 2019 — — Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday the attempts by Mr. Trump to escape an inquiry that imperiled his presidency from the start. The much-anticipated report laid out how a team of prosecutors working […]

Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

Apr 4 2019 — — Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

Friend, Adviser, Witness: Trudeau’s Fate Could Hinge on Confidant’s Testimony

Mar 5 2019 — — They were college friends, canoeing pals and debating team buddies who were in one another’s wedding parties. Together, they fashioned a campaign that catapulted them into Canada’s top office — Justin Trudeau as the country’s optimistic prime minister and his best friend Gerald Butts as his adviser, strategist and political slugger.

Oh, Trudeau

Mar 5 2019 — — Charm will not extricate Canada’s Justin Trudeau from a spreading political mess. Only honest answers will. Justin Trudeau came to office in 2015 by the high road, exuding charm, confidence, integrity and an openness to change. He filled his cabinet with women and minorities, opened Canada’s doors to immigrants and posed for endless selfies with […]

Second Trudeau Minister Resigns as Canada’s Political Crisis Swells

Mar 4 2019 — — Another minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada quit in protest on Wednesday over accusations that he and his aides tried to influence a criminal case against a multinational Canadian company accused of bribing the Libyan government. The unexpected resignation compounds a growing political crisis that had already cost Mr. Trudeau […]

Who’s Investigating Justin Trudeau — and What Do They Hope to Find?

Mar 2 2019 — — In Canada, the House of Commons’ justice committee generally goes about its work in earnest obscurity. Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former cabinet minister, dramatically changed that with her appearance on Wednesday, which stretched on for almost four hours. Ms. Wilson-Raybould accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his aides and others of applying improper pressure and making “veiled […]