National Newswatch

Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils a statehouse

May 28 2020 — Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press — HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker's decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate. A day after Republican Rep. Andrew Lewis' announcement through a news release that he had self-isolated and recovered from the […]

Mitch McConnell stresses need to wear face masks in public

May 28 2020 — Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press — Wading into a politically charged issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday preached the importance of wearing masks in public as the nation's economy reopens from the “cataclysmic" damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. During a tour of hospitals this week in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader has stressed wearing masks […]

Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

May 28 2020 — David Rising, The Associated Press — BERLIN — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to inform him in person of the […]

The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump

May 27 2020 — — “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

May 26 2020 — — For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading “Get the […]

Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair questions Trump’s coronavirus strategy

May 24 2020 — — Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair questioned U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to the coronavirus crisis and warned of “terrifying” economic consequences if global lockdown measures continue as they are. “The countries that locked down fast and that are building, testing, tracing and tracking capability fast, that then enables you to be more bold on […]

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters decry China security law plan

May 24 2020 — — Police in Hong Kong have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters rallying against China’s plans to impose a new security law on the territory. Thousands of demonstrators have been marching through the city centre. Police say 120 have been arrested. Earlier, 200 senior politicians from around the world issued a joint statement criticising […]