National Newswatch

Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump’s ‘flat out disregard for human life’ during pandemic

Sep 17 2020 — — President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection,” according to a senior adviser on the White House coronavirus task force who left the White House in August. Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser […]

Tactics of fiery White House trade adviser draw new scrutiny as some of his pandemic moves unravel

Sep 2 2020 — — Amid the Trump administration’s troubled response to the coronavirus pandemic, senior White House aide Peter Navarro has refashioned himself as a powerful government purchasing chief, operating far beyond his original role as an adviser on trade policy. But U.S. officials say the abrasive figure’s shortcomings as a manager could influence how well prepared the United […]

TikTok’s fate was shaped by a ‘knockdown, drag-out’ Oval Office brawl

Aug 9 2020 — — Last week, as leaders in Silicon Valley, China and Washington raced to seal the fate of one of the world’s fastest-growing social media companies, a shouting match broke out in the Oval Office between two of President Trump’s top advisers. In front of Trump, trade adviser Peter Navarro and other aides late last week, Treasury […]

Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments

Jun 28 2020 — — Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months. Several people familiar with the matter said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition […]

Trump asked China’s Xi to help him win reelection, according to Bolton book

Jun 17 2020 — — President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 U.S. election, telling Xi during a summit dinner last year that increased agricultural purchases by Beijing from American farmers would aid his electoral prospects, according to a damning new account of life inside the Trump administration by former national security adviser John […]

Explosive new revelations just weakened Trump’s impeachment defenses

Dec 30 2019 — — If Mitch McConnell is going to pull off his scheme to turn President Trump’s impeachment trial into a quick and painless sham with no witnesses, the Senate majority leader needs the story to be covered as a conventional Washington standoff — one that portrays both sides as maneuvering for advantage in an equivalently political manner.

White House review turns up emails showing extensive effort to justify Trump’s decision to block Ukraine military aid

Nov 24 2019 — — A confidential White House review of President Trump’s decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision and a debate over whether the delay was legal, according to three people familiar with the records. The research […]

Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey

Oct 18 2019 — — Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump’s Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.” But while that line has gotten a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He suggested Trump got bullied […]

Trump defenders’ misleading claims about the House impeachment inquiry

Oct 10 2019 — — “As you know, you have designed and implemented your [impeachment] inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process. For example, you have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other […]

Welcome to Canada’s underwhelming election

Oct 8 2019 — Rick Mercer — On Monday night, Canadians watched the first and only official English-language debate ahead of the general election on Oct. 21. Americans — who are no doubt paying close attention — can be forgiven for thinking our campaign has lacked a certain amount of drama. Nobody running for prime minister has asked another country to investigate […]