National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau spotted out in Washington after White House meeting

Oct 12 2017 — — Hey isn’t that . . . Canada’s photogenic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, having date night in SEI in Penn Quarter? Trudeau has had a busy few days in Washington. On Tuesday evening, he spoke at a dinner held for Fortune Magazine‘s Most Powerful Women Summit — and sat next to his […]

China to Donald Trump: Your North Korea speech was really unhelpful

Sep 20 2017 — — China rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday after he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary, a warning that may have undermined the chances of peace but also gave Beijing an easy opportunity to seize the moral high ground. Beijing has consistently blamed not just Pyongyang but also Washington for what it sees as […]

Trump retweets image of him hitting Hillary Clinton with golf ball

Sep 17 2017 — — In the latest instance of U.S. President Donald Trump seeming to revel in the notion of physical attacks against perceived enemies, the president retweeted an animated GIF showing him hitting a golf ball that knocks down Hillary Clinton. Critics swiftly responded. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., appearing on ABC’s This Week, said: “It’s distressing to have […]

Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership

Sep 17 2017 — — If “war” against the Republican establishment is what former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon wants, then war is what he will get. Deep-pocketed supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders have resolved to fight a protracted battle over the next year for the soul of the party in congressional […]

Florida governor has ignored climate change risks, critics say

Sep 8 2017 — — Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has been ubiquitous in recent days as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Sunshine State, warning of deadly winds and storm surges and imploring residents to heed evacuation orders. “This is a catastrophic storm our state has never seen,” he cautioned at one of many news conferences. By all accounts, […]

Trump’s familiar DACA strategy: Delay the pain and blame someone else

Sep 5 2017 — — The Trump administration made it official Tuesday: It will end the Obama-era protection for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But rather than kill it, the administration is phasing it out, arguing that’s the “compassionate” thing to do. Attorney General Jeff Sessions used that […]

Seoul tries to ignore Trump’s criticism: ‘They worry he’s kind of nuts,’ one observer says

Sep 4 2017 — — South Korea’s president tried late Sunday to dismiss talk of a dispute between Seoul and Washington over how to deal with North Korea following its sixth nuclear test, after President Trump criticized the South Korean approach as “appeasement.” Moon Jae-in’s office said that his government would continue to work towards peaceful denuclearization after tweets and […]