U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: October 10, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Trump and Clinton clash in ugly debate
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded harsh attacks Sunday in a bitter debate in Missouri. Trump, his campaign reeling after 48 hours of intense criticism over a 2005 recording in which he discusses using his celebrity status to force himself on women, unleashed what many said was an unprecedented debate-stage attack, accusing Clinton of smearing women who accused her husband, Bill Clinton, of sexually assaulting or harassing them, saying Clinton had “hate in her heart,” and essentially threatening to jail her over her handling of her emails as secretary of state. Clinton said Trump has offended not just women but minorities and people with disabilities. “This is who Donald Trump is,” she said. “The question for us, the question our country must answer, is that this is not who we are.”

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

2. Trump holds pre-debate panel with Bill Clinton accusers
Donald Trump, hoping to divert attention from a video that leaked on Friday showing him bragging about forcing himself on women without their consent, held a panel Sunday in Missouri with four women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Kathy Shelton appeared onstage with Trump about 90 minutes before the start of Trump’s second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton. Trump called them “four very courageous women.” In 1999, Broaddrick claimed Clinton raped her in 1978; she once signed an affidavit saying Clinton hadn’t raped her, but recanted. He denied the allegation. Hillary Clinton’s campaign dismissed the event as a desperate “stunt” meant to salvage an imploding campaign.

Source: Politico

3. Deadly Hurricane Matthew heads to sea, leaving behind flooding
Former Hurricane Matthew, weakened into a post-tropical cyclone and dissipating, headed out to sea on Sunday hitting North Carolina and Virginia, leaving some coastal areas with record flooding. Matthew — which at its peak strength was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane since 2007 — killed at least 17 people in the U.S. and left more than two million homes without power, along with a trail of destruction in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The storm killed 1,000 people in Haiti, and the toll in the impoverished Caribbean nation could rise as damage assessments come in from remote areas.

Source: Reuters, The New York Times

4. NBC suspends Billy Bush over his role in lewd Trump video
NBC has suspended Billy Bush, a host on the network’s Today show who appeared in a video that leaked Friday featuring Donald Trump making lewd comments about women. “We’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours,” Noah Oppenheim, the NBC executive in charge of Today, wrote in a memo distributed to staffers on Sunday. “Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape.” The tape was recorded in 2005, when Bush was a host of Access Hollywood, and accompanying Trump on a bus to the Days of Our Lives set. He laughed as Trump talked about forcing himself on women, and made his own comments about actress Arianne Zucker’s physical appearance. Bush said Friday he was “embarrassed and ashamed.”

Source: The New York TImes

5. Missiles fired from rebel-controlled Yemen hit near U.S. Navy destroyer
Two missiles were fired toward a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Red Sea from coastal areas in Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, the U.S. Navy said Monday. The missiles fell harmlessly into the sea, but the incident appeared to mark the first time Houthis had fired at an American vessel since Yemen’s civil war started in 2014. The attack came on a day when thousands of Yemenis marched in the capital Sanaa to protest a Saudi-led coalition airstrike a day earlier that killed more than 140 people at a funeral.

Source: The Associated Press

6. Cholera outbreak reported in hurricane-ravaged Haiti
Dozens of cholera cases have been reported in parts of southwestern Haiti that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew last week. Thousands of homes were flattened by the storm, and roads and bridges were washed out, leaving already remote mountainside farming areas cut off from relief supplies, medical supplies, and clean water. In one hospital, in Port-a-Piment, patients came in with cholera symptoms, spilling out of clinic rooms into the courtyard. “Ninety to 95 percent of these patients have cholera — diarrhea, vomiting,” said Missole Antoine, the medical director at the hospital, which was nearly out of all medicines. “If everyone keeps coming here, we’ll all be contaminated.”

Source: The Washington Post

7. Israel says Palestinian gunman killed 2 people in Jerusalem
A Palestinian militant killed two people — a 60-year-old woman and a police officer — and wounded five others on Sunday in a drive-by shooting near the national headquarters of the Israeli police in Jerusalem, according to Israeli police and emergency services. Police said the attacker was a member of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The alleged assailant was killed in a shootout after a police chase. The attack was among the bloodiest in a recent flurry of such attacks. A U.S. State Department spokesman called it a “reprehensible and cowardly attack.”

Source: The Associated Press

8. Ethiopia declares state of emergency
Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of anti-government protests. The move came a week after a deadly stampede at a protest during a religious festival killed numerous anti-government protesters. The government said 55 people were killed, but opposition groups said more than 500 died. Protests have escalated since the tragedy. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the government was imposing the state of emergency to “put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, health centers, administration, and justice buildings.”

Source: NPR, CNN

9. Samsung temporarily halts Galaxy Note 7 production
Samsung has suspended production of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a fifth replacement Note 7 caught fire, according to news reports. The phone made its debut in mid-August to positive reviews, but Samsung announced a global recall last month after some of the handsets had battery problems that caused them to overheat and, in some cases, catch fire. The major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all have announced that they are suspending Note 7 sales. Some news outlets reported Samsung was scrapping production of the phone outright, but Samsung spokeswoman Jee Hye-ryong said the company was “temporarily adjusting the Galaxy Note 7 production schedule in order to take further steps to ensure quality and safety matters.”

Source: Yonhap, The Washington Post

10. Harvard, MIT professors win economics Nobel for work on contracts
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday awarded Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstroem the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics for their contributions regarding how best to write the contracts that tie companies to their workers and customers. The British-born Hart, a professor at Harvard, and the Finland-born Holmstroem, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have provided “a comprehensive framework for analyzing many diverse issues in contractual design, like performance-based pay for top executives, deductibles and co-pays in insurance, and the privatization of public-sector activities,” the academy said.

Source: Bloomberg

9 thoughts on “10 things you need to know today: October 10, 2016

  1. #7: This was a horrible act against innocent people & there is no excuse. However, the U.S. State Department spokesman calling it a “reprehensible and cowardly attack.” while they are “silent” when Israeli soldiers eject Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank, bomb civilians, killing children. In 2010 Israel attacked a flotilla of boats in “international waters” carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza whose people needed it desperately. Our government, the U.S. government, did nothing about it even though it was against international law! The civilians of Israel who have done nothing are paying the price of Netanyahu’s persecution of the Palestinians!

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  2. #1: I am no Trump supporter and would never vote for him. However I must correct the writer of this article when they wrote “accusing Clinton of smearing women who accused her husband, Bill Clinton, of sexually assaulting or harassing them”. Actually, the word “accusing” is wrong. It is a proven fact that Hillary DID “smear” these women and it is also a proven fact Bill Clinton actually did abuse these women!

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