National Newswatch

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

Sep 15 2019 — — America’s next fight with China is unfolding at a glistening new factory in Chicago, which stands empty except for the shells of two subway cars and space for future business that is unlikely to come. Subscribe to With Interest Catch up and prep for the week ahead with this newsletter of the most important business […]

Putin’s Nightmare: The Ballot Box

Sep 3 2019 — — On Sept. 8, Russians will vote in municipal and regional elections, and the authorities are afraid. Not of any foreign power’s interference in Russia’s elections — there have been no fair elections in decades — but of Russia’s own people and opposition candidates, who are far more popular than the official nominees.

Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing

Sep 3 2019 — — The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other […]

A Historic Contender for Canada’s Top Political Job

Jul 21 2019 — — The head of one of Canada’s major political parties tells a story about how at age 8, he decided to cover his head in line with Sikh custom and be called Jagmeet rather than “Jimmy” — a move that attracted the abuse of schoolyard bullies. It also makes Jagmeet Singh, who leads Canada’s left-leaning New […]

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.