National Newswatch

Pruitt bars AP, CNN from EPA summit on contaminants, guards push reporter out of building

May 22 2018 — — The Environmental Protection Agency barred The Associated Press and CNN from a national summit on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday — and guards forcibly shoved a female reporter out of the building. The EPA blocked the media organizations, along with the environmental-focused E&E News, from attending the meeting in Washington, convened by EPA chief Scott […]

EPA blocks CNN and Associated Press journalists from attending Pruitt speech

May 22 2018 — — The Environmental Protection Agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from a national summit on Tuesday where Scott Pruitt, the agency’s chief, was speaking. Journalists from CNN, the Associated Press and the trade publication E&E were barred by the EPA from entering the event, which was focused on harmful chemicals in water. A handful of […]

Trump admits North Korea summit might not happen on June 12

May 22 2018 — — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the planned Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un “may not work out for June 12” and is suggesting it could be delayed. Trump was meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday at the White House for consultations ahead of the planned June 12 summit with Kim in […]

‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security

May 22 2018 — — President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications, according to two senior administration officials — a departure from the practice of his predecessors that potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance.

White House says Rosenstein agrees to Trump ‘demand’ DOJ investigate whether campaign ‘infiltrated’

May 21 2018 — — President Donald Trump met Monday at the White House with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray a day after he tweeted that he would “demand” the Justice Department investigate whether his 2016 presidential campaign was improperly “infiltrated or surveilled” for political purposes by an alleged FBI informant contacting Trump campaign associates.

Dallas candidate under fire for giving his children incentives to marry white people

May 21 2018 — — A candidate for county commission in Dallas lost a major endorsement after he revealed in an interview that he had established a trust for his children that proposed incentives for them to marry white people. Vickers Cunningham, a Republican candidate for the county commission, had received an endorsement from The Dallas Morning News. But after […]

Trump aides growing skeptical of Kim summit as South Korea’s President visits

May 21 2018 — — Administration aides have grown increasingly skeptical the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will come to fruition amid harsh rhetoric from Pyongyang and concerns over the meeting’s agenda, officials and other people familiar with the matter said. Even as teams of advance staffers survey ornate hotel ballrooms in Singapore […]

RNC paid half a million to law firm representing Hope Hicks in Russia probe

May 21 2018 — — The Republican National Committee has paid nearly half a million dollars to a law firm representing former White House communications director Hope Hicks in the ongoing Russia investigation, Federal Election Commission records show. The two payments in April, totaling $451,779, were made to Trout Cacheris & Janis for “legal and compliance services.” Hicks is represented […]

Watchdog report to blame Comey, FBI for Clinton probe delay

May 21 2018 — — An upcoming report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with findings. The FBI’s timing has been a sore point for Clinton supporters, who say then-director […]

Pompeo vows to slap ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

May 21 2018 — — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Monday that the United States would impose “the strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if it did not agree to change course. “We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the regime,” Pompeo said in his first major foreign policy address, delivered at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “The leaders […]

Scientists say they’ve found an alien asteroid near Jupiter

May 21 2018 — — When an asteroid from outside our solar system was observed zipping through for the first time last year, it caused a lot of excitement. Now, a new study suggests another interstellar asteroid has actually been hiding here all this time.

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

May 20 2018 — — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s eldest son said Saturday.

Royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

May 20 2018 — — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. “Thank you to […]