National Newswatch

President Trump trails potential Democratic challengers in 2020 test

Sep 11 2019 — President Trump overcame formidable odds and discouraging poll numbers to win the White House in 2016. More than a year out from the 2020 election, it appears he might have to repeat that performance to win a second term, according to a Washington Post-ABC News survey. The new poll tested Trump against five potential general […]

Brexit: Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful

Sep 11 2019 — — Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister’s move. The judges said the PM was attempting to prevent Parliament holding the government to […]

John Bolton out as Trump’s 3rd national security adviser

Sep 10 2019 — — President Donald Trump said Tuesday via Twitter that he had fired national security adviser John Bolton and will name a replacement next week. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” said Trump, without getting into specifics. Bolton, in his own tweet, contradicted the president’s version of events. He […]

Sarah Palin’s husband files for divorce after 31 years of marriage

Sep 10 2019 — Todd Palin has filed for divorce from Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, after 31 years of marriage. In a document filed Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, Superior Court, Todd Palin cites an “incompatibility of temperament” in his marriage to Sarah Palin “such that they find it impossible to […]

Johnson suspends U.K. Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

Sep 10 2019 — — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain’s rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The simmering showdown between Johnson and Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to […]

NOAA Chief Scientist Says Move To Contradict Agency And Back Trump Was ‘Political’

Sep 10 2019 — NOAA’s top scientist said Monday that he’s investigating why the agency’s leadership endorsed President Trump’s false tweet that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, after Birmingham-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service publicly pushed back on it. In an email, Craig McLean, acting chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, called […]

UK Commons Speaker Bercow to stand down

Sep 9 2019 — — John Bercow says he will stand down as Commons Speaker at the next election or on 31 October, whichever comes first. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Bercow said his 10-year “tenure” was nearing its end and it had been the “greatest honour and privilege” to serve. If there was no early election, he said leaving on […]

Bill to block October no-deal Brexit becomes law with Queen’s approval

Sep 9 2019 — — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday gave final approval to a piece of legislation which seeks to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from taking the country out of the European Union without an exit deal on Oct. 31. The step, known as Royal Assent, is effectively a rubber-stamp from the monarch for the law which passed […]

Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

Sep 9 2019 — — In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN. A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that […]

Putin’s party suffers losses in Moscow elections as candidates endorsed by rival win

Sep 9 2019 — — The party of Russian President Vladimir Putin has suffered big losses in Moscow elections as candidates endorsed by his arch-rival won almost half the seats, authorities said Monday. Elections to the Moscow City Duma are usually low-key affairs but Sunday’s vote grew in prominence when election authorities refused to register a dozen independent candidates, including […]

Trump’s envoy clashes with Afghan government over proposed Taliban deal

Sep 6 2019 — The Afghan government has clashed with President Donald Trump’s envoy over a proposed troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban, just as Washington is preparing to unveil the agreement, foreign diplomats, Afghan officials and former U.S. officials said. Afghan officials and U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had tense exchanges in Kabul over the past few days […]