National Newswatch

Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.

Mar 20 2018 — — President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin Tuesday on his reelection, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call. Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing […]

FBI’s Andrew McCabe is fired just before retiring. Former deputy director became lightning rod for Clinton email and Russia probes.

Mar 16 2018 — — McCabe, who had stepped down from his post earlier this year but remained an FBI employee, had been accused by the Justice Department’s inspector general of authorizing the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misleading investigators when asked about it. McCabe had been a lightning rod in the political battles surrounding the investigation […]

Canada lent a family $41 million to buy a luxury jet. Now the jet is missing

Mar 5 2018 — — If you spot a sleek Bombardier Global 6000 business jet sporting tail number ZS-OAK, Canada would love to hear from you. The jet belonged to South Africa’s notorious Gupta family, whose alleged corruption helped trigger the scandals that recently forced President Jacob Zuma out of office. But the Guptas bought the plane with help from […]

India to Justin Trudeau: Stop trying so hard

Feb 22 2018 — — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cannot catch a break in India. Trudeau, accustomed to being praised for his Prince Charming good looks, is getting a lot of flak on his tour of India, and the latest gags focus on his razzle-dazzle wardrobe, upstaging even India’s flamboyant movie stars. Offending garments include Trudeau’s long, multicolored sherwanis, […]

This photo of Trump’s notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything

Feb 22 2018 — — U.S. President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools. And while Trump’s at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers will certainly raise eyebrows, for the most part he did listen. Thanks in part, it seems, to a helpful little reminder. Several photographers in the […]

This is why Kushner’s gargantuan debt matters

Feb 15 2018 — — Jared Kushner, a White House aide and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, appears to have drawn more money out of three separate lines of credit in the months after he joined the White House last year, a newly released document shows.