National Newswatch

The Election That Could Break America

Sep 24 2020 — — here is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They […]

EU warns of slim window to avoid repeat of prior virus peak

Sep 24 2020 — AP — BRUSSELS — European Union officials urged member nations Thursday to move quickly to slow the latest wave of COVID-19 infections to avoid a repeat of the broad lockdowns that paralyzed the continent’s economy in the spring. EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the most recent risk assessment showed that some countries are reporting more cases […]

Ex-US Rep from Florida under federal campaign finance probe

Sep 24 2020 — AP — MIAMI — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida Congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. The federal department's Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a U.S. Rep. from Miami, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney […]

EU says Belarus president’s inauguration will deepen crisis

Sep 24 2020 — AP — BRUSSELS — The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did not […]

Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything

Sep 23 2020 — — It is now an established fact, confirmed by laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union. The powerful poison, which has been used in at least one previous assassination attempt against foes of the Russian regime, was this time employed against a […]

Justice Department deems New York City, Portland and Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions’

Sep 21 2020 — — The Justice Department released a list of cities Monday that it has deemed “anarchist jurisdictions” under President Donald Trump’s instructions this month to review federal funding for local governments in places where violence or vandalism has occurred during protests. That memo directed Attorney General William Barr, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget Director […]

HSBC, JPMorgan, StanChart and others processed trillions of dollars of transactions despite concerns over potential crimes, reports say

Sep 21 2020 — — Some of the world’s biggest banks, including HSBC, JPMorgan Chase and Standard Chartered, moved trillions of dollars identified as being potentially tied to money laundering or other crimes despite raising concerns about those transactions in filings with US regulators, according to media reports on Sunday. The disclosures again raised questions about the success of government […]