National Newswatch

Japan exasperated by Trump’s trade policies

Oct 15 2017 — — Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration’s economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. The frustration comes both from Trump’s harsh rhetoric on trade and from his pullout from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific […]

Price took military jets to Europe, Asia for over $500K

Sep 28 2017 — — The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.

White House launches probe of private email accounts

Sep 28 2017 — — The White House has launched an internal probe of private email use, pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from private accounts of senior aides, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

Trump, GOP tax plan omits details on who pays

Sep 27 2017 — — The long-awaited proposal released Wednesday morning by the so-called Big Six is heavy on the GOP’s tax cut desires and light when it comes to explaining whose taxes will have to go up to help control costs.

Trump die-hards divided over DACA deal

Sep 14 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s apparent deal with Democrats to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation — without demanding funding for a border wall — is dividing some of his most ardent conservative backers. Breitbart News called the president “Amnesty Don.” Commentator Ann Coulter mused about impeaching Trump. And hard-line immigration hawks in Congress like Rep. Steve […]

Trump, Democrats confirm outline of DACA deal, despite denials

Sep 14 2017 — — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night to provide a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants known as “Dreamers” — but after a conservative backlash, the president and his aides sent conflicting signals about how firm the agreement was. After a meeting with Trump at the White House Wednesday […]

Democrats dread Hillary’s book tour

Sep 7 2017 — — President Donald Trump may be the only person in politics truly excited about Hillary Clinton’s book tour. Democratic operatives can’t stand the thought of her picking the scabs of 2016, again — the Bernie Sanders divide, the Jim Comey complaints, the casting blame on Barack Obama for not speaking out more on Russia. Alums of […]

Cruz, Texans accused of hypocrisy on Harvey aid

Aug 28 2017 — — Texas Republicans in Congress once stood nearly united against a bill to send billions of dollars in aid Northeastern states recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Sen. Ted Cruz even ripped the legislation as “a Christmas tree” with billions of dollars in extraneous goodies. New York and New Jersey Republicans haven’t forgotten the slight. And with Hurricane […]

Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

Aug 25 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s aggressive drive to roll back environmental regulations is moving too fast even for some in the oil and gas industry. Publicly, petroleum companies and their trade groups are cheering Trump’s efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations, including restrictions on fracking-related pollution, pipeline permits and offshore drilling. But quietly, people […]

My Weekend at the Falwells’ South Beach Flophouse

Aug 25 2017 — — “It’s actually that one,” our Uber driver said, pointing with one hand and shifting into reverse with the other. “Right here?” I asked, thinking he must’ve gotten the address wrong. All I saw was a liquor store.

Kelly moves to control the information Trump sees

Aug 24 2017 — — Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition —and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

Trump bans transgender individuals from U.S. military service

Jul 26 2017 — — The U.S. military will no longer allow transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity,” President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump […]

Scaramucci to oust White House press aide, offers ‘amnesty’ to others

Jul 25 2017 — — Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short. It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC […]