National Newswatch

Alan Dershowitz labeled Trump ‘destabilizing and unpredictable’ in 2016 book

Jan 26 2020 — As part of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, Alan Dershowitz is expected to argue on behalf of the president at the Senate trial early next week. But in a 2016 book he authored, the famed defense attorney called Trump a “destabilizing and unpredictable candidate,” warning that the then-presidential candidate “openly embraces fringe conspiracy theories […]

Khashoggi documentary ‘The Dissident’ lands at Sundance

Jan 26 2020 — Jake Coyle, The Associated Press — PARK CITY, Utah — A searing documentary about the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made its anticipated debut at the Sundance Film Festival, unveiling a detailed investigation into the Saudi Arabia regime and the companies and governments that do business with it. Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident” was one of the most high-profile documentaries […]

NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview

Jan 25 2020 — NPR host Mary Louise Kelly says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shouted at her, swore at her and demanded she locate Ukraine on an unmarked map after an interview Friday that grew contentious. He was unhappy that she asked him about Ukraine and whether he had ever defended the ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

Pompeo steps up attacks on NPR reporter, but doesn’t deny her account

Jan 25 2020 — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday attacked an NPR correspondent who reported that he berated and cursed at her following questioning over Ukraine, claiming “she lied to me” and describing her actions as “shameful.” “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again […]

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan 25 2020 — — China’s leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak’s epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping’s remarks, reported by state broadcaster CCTV, came […]

‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired

Jan 25 2020 — — A recording obtained by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — two former business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New […]

China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41

Jan 24 2020 — — China’s National Health Commission has reported the number of people infected with a new virus has risen to 1,287 with 41 deaths. The commission said Saturday the latest tally comes from 29 provinces across China, including 237 patients in serious condition. All 41 deaths have been in China, including 39 in Hubei province, the epicenter […]

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits Turkey

Jan 24 2020 — — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighbouring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing […]

2 lawyers on Trump defence team shared Epstein as a client

Jan 24 2020 — Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Two of the lawyers on President Donald Trump’s impeachment defence team have shared another client: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr both helped the late hedge fund manager and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein win a lenient sentence for abusing underaged girls. Dershowitz and Starr, both prominent lawyers, are expected to play key roles when […]

34 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike

Jan 24 2020 — Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said Friday. Earlier this week President Donald Trump said he does not consider potential brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, downplaying the severity […]

US rejects extradition request from UK over fatal road crash

Jan 24 2020 — AP — LONDON — The British government on Friday condemned a decision by the United States not to extradite an American woman involved in a fatal road accident. Anne Sacoolas has been charged by British prosecutors with causing death by dangerous driving over the crash that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn. Dunn died in August after his […]