National Newswatch

FBI agents visited Steve Bannon’s home last week to discuss subpoena in Russia probe

Jan 17 2018 — — FBI agents showed up at Steve Bannon’s Washington home last week intent on serving him with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. The agents were unaware at the time that Bannon had retained Washington lawyer […]

EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

Jan 17 2018 — — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. But some former EPA officials, as well as experts and advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that […]

WH directs Bannon to avoid answering Hill queries in Russia probe

Jan 17 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House “gag order.” Bannon confirmed to the House […]

Bannon subpoenaed by House committee after refusing to answer questions

Jan 16 2018 — — Steve Bannon told lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election that the White House instructed him not to answer questions related to his tenure as a top White House adviser, prompting a rare subpoena to compel testimony, multiple congressional sources tell NBC News. The former Breitbart executive and now-spurned Trump confidante spent more than […]

Fox News shelved story on Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels before election

Jan 16 2018 — — Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is “Stormy Daniels” — and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday […]

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Jan 16 2018 — — Donald Trump has aced a test on his mental health — likely putting to rest days of Washington political gossip. And one Arab-Canadian couldn’t be prouder. The test that cleared Trump was developed by a doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities. Ziad Nasreddine has just learned that the Montreal Cognitive Assessment he developed as […]

Facebook is a ‘living, breathing crime scene,’ says one former tech insider

Jan 16 2018 — — With more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network’s laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform. “One of the things […]

Booker slams DHS secretary’s ‘amnesia’ on Trump’s reported ‘shithole’ comment

Jan 16 2018 — — Sen. Cory Booker slammed the homeland security secretary in a speech Tuesday morning for claiming ignorance to the President’s slander of African countries. The impassioned remarks came toward the end of an often testy oversight hearing in which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied hearing President Donald Trump say the words “shithole” or […]

White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability

Jan 16 2018 — — President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday. He said the testing was conducted at the President’s wishes, and the results […]

Japan’s public broadcaster sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

Jan 16 2018 — — Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then retracted it minutes later, days after a similar error in Hawaii. NHK television issued the message Tuesday on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea […]

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump reportedly warned about close pal Wendi Deng and possible Chinese surveillance

Jan 15 2018 — — It’s apparently not just Russia that the Trump administration has to worry about. American officials urged President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to exercise caution around Ivanka Trump’s close friend Wendi Deng Murdoch, an affluent businesswoman who they feared could be acting in the interest of the Chinese government, according to a report.

Flake: GOP should stand up to Trump’s Stalin-like attacks on media

Jan 15 2018 — — GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona plans to deliver a speech comparing President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press as reminiscent of Joseph Stalin, and said Monday that his colleagues should join him in speaking out. “I hope that more of my colleagues will stand up when the President uses ‘fake news,’ for example, in […]

Romney: Trump’s comments ‘antithetical to American values’

Jan 15 2018 — — Mitt Romney took a swipe at President Donald Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, condemning his “shithole countries” remark. The comment signals that the potential Utah Senate candidate continues to have no problem speaking out against the Trump administration. “The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. […]

Turkey condemns U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish force, labels it ‘army of terror’

Jan 15 2018 — — Turkey’s president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned U.S. troops against coming between Turkish troops and Kurdish forces, which Ankara views […]