National Newswatch

Appeals court rules funding for Trump border wall construction ‘unlawful’

Jun 26 2020 — The Trump administration does not have the authority to use military funding to pay for construction of a border wall, a federal appeals court panel ruled on Friday. In a 2-1 ruling, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found that diverting $2.5 billion Congress had appropriated for the military violated the Constitution and […]

New York court tosses lawsuit over Trump family tell-all book

Jun 25 2020 — — A New York state judge on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit intended to block the publication of a book by President Donald Trump’s niece. The book by Mary Trump, daughter of the president’s brother Fred Trump Jr., is scheduled to be released July 28. She describes the book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How […]

Pompeo says US, EU working to resume trans-Atlantic travel

Jun 25 2020 — Lorne Cook, The Associated Press — BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played down concerns Thursday that the European Union might refuse to allow Americans into the 27-nation bloc as it considers lifting restrictions on overseas travellers starting next week, due to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. “It’s a challenge for all of us to […]

China and America Are Heading Toward Divorce

Jun 24 2020 — — My favorite story in John Bolton’s book about the Trump Fun House — sorry, White House — was that President Trump appealed to China’s leader to buy more U.S. agricultural products to boost Trump’s farm vote and his re-election. Donald: Stop begging. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have decided to vote for you. Don’t […]

Serbian populist wins landslide as many parties boycott

Jun 22 2020 — Jovana Gec, The Associated Press — BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's president on Monday called for swift resumption of European Union-mediated talks on Kosovo after bolstering his hold on power at home in an overwhelming election victory for his governing right-wing party. A preliminary official vote count of Sunday's parliamentary election in Serbia showed that President Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party won […]

White House scales back temperature checks

Jun 22 2020 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Visitors are able to enter the White House complex without having their temperatures checked for the first time since mid-March, although several other coronavirus precautions remain in place. Those who come near the president will still undergo temperature checks and testing for the virus. Over the past three months, those seeking to access […]

EU urges China to move on trade, back off in Hong Kong

Jun 22 2020 — Lorne Cook, The Associated Press — BRUSSELS — Top European Union officials on Monday pressed China’s leaders to open the country’s markets further to European companies, show stronger leadership in reforming world trade’s governing body and step back from the brink in Hong Kong. With criticism mounting that the EU has been kowtowing to Beijing, European Council President Charles Michel and […]