National Newswatch

John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump

Feb 13 2020 — — Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests at a Drew University event here Wednesday night. Over a 75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the […]

Ousted Ukraine ambassador urges students to pursue diplomacy

Feb 13 2020 — Ben Fox, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The career U.S. diplomat who was ousted from her post in Ukraine by President Donald Trump, then criticized by him as she testified at his impeachment hearings, urged college students Wednesday to follow in her footsteps because the U.S. “needs diplomats that are ready and capable.” “This country needs a robust foreign policy," […]

Coronavirus cases top 60,000 as death toll sharply rises

Feb 12 2020 — The fight against the novel coronavirus took a turn for the worse on Wednesday night, as Chinese health officials in the Hubei province reported 242 new deaths and 14,840 new cases of the flu-like virus. That brings the worldwide death toll to at least 1,357 and the number of confirmed cases to more than 60,000.

Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner. And moderates may be too divided to stop him.

Feb 12 2020 — Victorious in New Hampshire on the heels of a popular-vote win in Iowa, Bernie Sanders has forced the Democratic establishment to reckon with a prospect it has been dismissing: He’s currently the favorite to win the party’s presidential nomination. The Vermont senator has seen his fortunes rise since Iowa, leap-frogging a struggling former Vice President […]

Barr takes control of legal matters of interest to Trump, including Stone sentencing

Feb 11 2020 — The U.S. attorney who had presided over an inconclusive criminal investigation into former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe was abruptly removed from that job last month in one of several recent moves by Attorney General William Barr to take control of legal matters of personal interest to President Donald Trump, according to multiple people familiar […]

Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

Feb 11 2020 — Sara Burnett, The Associated Press — Democrat Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur who created buzz for his presidential campaign by championing a universal basic income that would give every American adult $1,000 per month, suspended his 2020 bid on Tuesday. His national press secretary, Erick Sanchez, confirmed the decision. It came as he expected a poor performance in New Hampshire's primary. The […]

AP source: Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal

Feb 11 2020 — — The Department of Justice is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone, a department official told the AP. The official says there had been no contact with the White House over the decision, though President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday calling it “a […]

Ukrainian leader seeks more independence, fires top aide

Feb 11 2020 — AP — KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's president dismissed his chief of staff on Tuesday in a sign of intensifying rivalries in his entourage and a possible move to distance himself from a powerful billionaire. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration released his decree ousting Andriy Bohdan and putting foreign affairs adviser Andriy Yermak in the post instead. Ukrainian media […]

NATO set for Iraq troop trainer-swap to mollify US demands

Feb 11 2020 — Lorne Cook, The Associated Press — BRUSSELS — NATO countries are preparing to move more than 200 trainers working with the international force fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq to the military alliance’s own mission there helping to build up the Iraqi army in response to President Donald Trump's demand that U.S. allies do more in the Middle East, senior […]

The Urgent Questions Scientists Are Asking About Coronavirus

Feb 11 2020 — — Around the world and around the clock, scientists are trying to figure out what must be done to end the global health emergency unleashed by the new coronavirus. As the outbreak accelerates and spreads, dozens of countries have deployed increasingly stringent measures to try to contain the epidemic. Almost as quickly, in a herculean effort, […]

Ireland faces wrangling as Sinn Fein aims to form government

Feb 11 2020 — AP — LONDON — Final results in Ireland’s general election show three parties in a virtual tie for seats, signalling weeks of tense negotiations ahead to form a coalition government. With all votes counted Tuesday, the centre-right Fianna Fail party had 38 seats in the 160-seat Dail, the lower house of parliament. Sinn Fein won 37 and […]