National Newswatch

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

May 16 2019 — — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices. The comments came after the nation’s largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 straight quarters of same-store sales gains. “We’re monitoring the tariff […]

Trump’s irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy

May 16 2019 — — President Donald Trump has become irritated at an emerging impression his hawkish national security advisers are marching him closer to war with Iran despite his isolationist tendencies, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead, Trump is signaling his intent to speak with the Iranians as tensions rise in the Persian Gulf, and his national […]

Maine Senate passes bill giving state’s electoral votes to national popular vote winner

May 16 2019 — — Maine’s lawmakers passed a bill that would give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the national popular vote, taking a step toward becoming the 15th state to enact such a law. The Maine Senate voted 19-16 Tuesday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give all committed states’ […]

Alabama Senate passes near-total abortion ban

May 15 2019 — — Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

Trump leaves farmers reeling by intensifying trade war with China

May 14 2019 — — As Tim Bardole surveyed his farmland, the soil too wet to plant corn or soybeans because of a recent downpour, he remarked that there are very few rays of hope for most American farmers these days. While the weather continues to hamper the planting season, the news over the weekend that the United States and […]

NYT: White House reviews plan that would send up to 120,000 US troops to Middle East

May 14 2019 — — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented a military plan at a meeting of top national security officials last week that would send as many as 120,000 US troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran strikes American forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons, The New York Times […]