National Newswatch

DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016

Oct 22 2017 — — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that’s proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively […]

5 ex-presidents appear together for hurricane relief concert

Oct 22 2017 — — The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered on stage […]

Trump plans to release classified JFK documents

Oct 21 2017 — — President Donald Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy “subject to the receipt of further information.” Trump’s tweet comes as he is staring down an October 26 deadline set in law by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents […]

O’Reilly Settled New Harassment Claims, Then Fox Renewed His Contract

Oct 21 2017 — — Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such […]

Democratic chairman: Trump ‘most dangerous’ president ever

Oct 21 2017 — — Navigating ongoing rifts on the political left, Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez said party unity is crucial in the fight against President Donald Trump, whom he lambasted as an “existential threat” to the nation. “We have the most dangerous president in American history and one of the most reactionary Congresses in American history,” Perez said […]

Protesters flood Barcelona streets after Spain’s PM says he wants to dissolve Catalonia’s government

Oct 21 2017 — — Catalonia’s separatist leader wants the regional parliament to debate and vote on how to respond to what he called the Spanish government’s “attempt to wipe out” Catalonia’s autonomy. In a televised address late Saturday, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called plans by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to replace him and his Cabinet an “attempt to humiliate” […]

Shock, condemnation as Zimbabwe’s Mugabe named WHO ‘goodwill ambassador’

Oct 21 2017 — — Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organization by the agency’s first African leader. The 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, has long been criticized at home for going overseas for medical treatment as Zimbabwe’s once-prosperous economy falls apart. Mugabe also […]

Bannon: Bush Presidency Most ‘Destructive’ in U.S. History

Oct 21 2017 — — Steve Bannon ripped into former President George W. Bush Friday night, calling Bush’s presidency “destructive” and saying he had “embarrassed himself” with an anti-bigotry speech earlier this week that was widely perceived as a broadside against President Donald Trump. “There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said remarks to the […]

Georgia lawmaker: Can people with HIV be ‘legally’ quarantined?

Oct 21 2017 — — President Donald Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy “subject to the receipt of further information.” Trump’s tweet comes as he is staring down an October 26 deadline set in law by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents […]

Trump, ‘King of Debt,’ makes GOP fret

Oct 21 2017 — — As a New York businessman, Donald Trump proudly referred to himself as the “King of Debt” — he thrived on taking financial risks and routinely leveraged debt to grow his family empire. “I’m the king of debt. I love debt,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in May 2016 at the height of the campaign — […]

Several injured in Munich knife attack

Oct 21 2017 — — Several people have been lightly injured by a man wielding a knife in the German city of Munich, police said. Officers are searching for the attacker, who fled the scene. The motive for the assault is unknown, a police statement said. Residents nearby were told to stay indoors while the suspect remains at large.

Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush

Oct 21 2017 — — Steve Bannon delivered a withering attack on George W. Bush Friday night, bluntly questioning the former President’s intelligence and his grasp of the concepts that he outlined in a speech that he gave New York this week. “There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said during his dinnertime address at […]

Tom Price’s wife asked about quarantining people with HIV

Oct 20 2017 — — The lawmaker wife of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price asked this week whether the government could quarantine people with HIV to limit transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. Betty Price, a Georgia state representative from the Atlanta suburbs, made the inquiry during a Georgia House of Representatives study committee meeting about […]