National Newswatch

Leaker of U.S. secret documents worked on military base, friend says

Apr 13 2023 — — The man behind a massive leak of U.S. government secrets that has exposed spying on allies, revealed the grim prospects for Ukraine’s war with Russia and ignited diplomatic fires for the White House is a young, charismatic gun enthusiast who shared highly classified documents with a group of far-flung acquaintances searching for companionship amid the […]

We want objective judges and doctors. Why not journalists too?

Mar 26 2023 — Martin Baron — Objectivity in journalism has attracted a lot of attention lately. It also is a subject that has suffered from confusion and an abundance of distortion. I’m about to do something terribly unpopular in my profession these days: Defend the idea. Let’s step back a bit. First, a dictionary definition of objectivity. This is from Merriam-Webster: […]

Trudeau’s sweeping gun control bill is no knee-jerk reaction

Jun 9 2022 — David Moscrop — Gun violence in the United States is beyond catastrophic. According to the Pew Research Center, “45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S.” in 2020 — and the violence is not abating. Recent high-profile massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., have focused national and international attention on the issue once more, but Congress is […]

What Putin the hockey player doesn’t understand

Mar 31 2022 — Ken Dryden — Vladimir Putin likes hockey. Every year, he builds an ice rink in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square. For any occasion he can devise, he puts on his hockey equipment and plays. It’s not a surprise that Putin feels as he does. Russians love hockey for the same reason Canadians do. It comes straight from […]

Lindsey Graham hit with bipartisan blowback after calling on Russians to assassinate Putin: ‘Exceptionally bad idea’

Mar 4 2022 — — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was sharply criticized by fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Thursday after saying that the “only way” to end the crisis in Ukraine is for Russians to assassinate President Vladimir Putin. “Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?” Graham […]

How NATO and the West can up their game on Ukraine — right now

Mar 1 2022 — — For a decade, the West has failed to do enough to ensure continued deterrence in the face of Russian aggression. Accounting for this failure means doing more for Ukraine now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today. Ukrainians are valiantly fighting to defend their country from Russian invaders. They have stunned the world with their will […]

Russia planning massive military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops, U.S. intelligence warns

Dec 4 2021 — — As tensions mount between Washington and Moscow over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence has found the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive as soon as early next year involving up to 175,000 troops, according to U.S. officials and an intelligence document obtained by The Washington Post. The Kremlin has been moving troops […]

I couldn’t sit idly and watch people die from Trump’s chaotic, politicized pandemic response, so I resigned

Oct 8 2020 — — Of all the tools required for an effective U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, one that is sorely missing is the truth. Public health guidance on the pandemic response, drafted by career scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been repeatedly overruled by political staff appointed by the Trump administration. Career scientists […]

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 […]

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