National News at a Glance
Posted April 28, 2018 7:45 p.m. EDT
Trump Calls on Montana Democrat to Resign in Fight Over Failed VA Nomination
President Donald Trump called Saturday for the resignation of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who helped thwart his effort to install the White House physician in the Cabinet, suggesting the president may try to exact retribution in the fall congressional elections in a state that he won by a wide margin. Two days after the doctor, Ronny L. Jackson, withdrew from consideration for secretary of Veterans Affairs amid reports about his conduct on the job, Trump made clear he did not intend to let the matter go. On Twitter, the president said the accusations raised by Tester against Jackson were fabricated.
Census Has Just One Rehearsal to Get It Right. But Who’s Counting?
The next national census is coming in 2020, and in Providence, Rhode Island, the Census Bureau is conducting its sole dry run. It was supposed to be one of four that would test new digital equipment and counting methodologies. But budget problems, largely rooted in Congress’ refusal to fully fund the bureau, forced the cancellation of three tests. And even the Providence trial has been truncated for lack of money: A publicity and citizen outreach blitz that was supposed to mimic the buildup to the 2020 count was scratched, and plans to count county residents in dormitories and other group quarters have been put off.
Officers’ Names Remain Secret Weeks After Fatal Shooting
On Friday morning, mourners filled the Barstow Church of God in Christ, a desert city in California between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The church was holding a funeral for Diante Yarber, 26, who died in a police shooting April 5. He was behind the wheel of a black Mustang in the parking lot of a Walmart in Barstow, California, with three passengers when officers arrived and told him to get out of the car. Instead, police said, Yarber accelerated in reverse, then forward and then in reverse again, striking patrol cars before four officers opened fire. The names of the officers who fired at him have yet to be released.
Old Racial Divides Exposed in Savannah After a Police Shooting
The official story of Ricky Boyd’s fatal encounter with law enforcement officers keeps changing. Mark Revenew, interim police chief of Savannah, Georgia, initially said Boyd fired on officers while they were trying to arrest him. Hours later, the police released a statement that did not mention Boyd doing any shooting, though it did say he “confronted officers with a gun.” Then the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that Boyd had been armed with a BB pistol. The family insists Boyd, 20, an African-American restaurant worker, was not armed at all. Their lawyer said a photo taken just after the shooting shows the pistol on the ground 43 feet from where Boyd fell.
Trump Dismisses Midterm Threat, Alarming GOP
President Donald Trump is privately rejecting the growing consensus among Republican leaders that they may lose the House and possibly the Senate in November, leaving party officials and the president’s advisers nervous that he does not grasp the gravity of the threat they face in the midterm elections. Congressional and party leaders and even some Trump aides are concerned that the president’s self-assurance about politics will cause him to ignore or undermine their midterm strategy. In battleground states like Arizona, Florida and Nevada, Trump’s proclivity to be a loose cannon could endanger the Republican incumbents and challengers who are already facing ferocious Democratic headwinds.