U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: October 16, 2016

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1. Clinton labels new WikiLeaks releases a modern ‘Watergate’
WikiLeaks on Saturday published more than 800 additional emails it says were leaked from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The new batch of messages includes additional transcripts of paid speeches Clinton gave to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs as well as her account of going on an “apology tour” after WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables that described world leaders in insulting terms in 2010. In response, the Clinton camp has attempted to frame the ongoing email hacks as a modern iteration of the Watergate scandal, suggesting rival Donald Trump is directly involved. “What did Trump know, and when did he know it?” asks a Clinton campaign essay that argues both circumstances should be seen as “effort[s] to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election.”

Source: The Hill, Politico

2. Trump calls for drug testing Clinton before next debate
Republican Donald Trump on Saturday proposed mandatory drug tests for himself and particularly Democrat Hillary Clinton in advance of the third and final presidential debate. “Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right? I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” he said to cheers at a campaign rally. “Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test, prior — because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down,'” Trump continued, feigning exhaustion.

Source: The Hill, Associated Press

3. U.S., South Korea determine North Korean missile launch failed
The United States detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch Saturday night, the first such attempt since the isolated Asian nation conducted its fifth nuclear test in September. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday they believe the failed effort was conducted in a northern province with a mid-range Musudan missile. “We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council resolutions,” said Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross. The launch came a few hours before a U.S. aircraft carrier docked in South Korea after training with the South Korean Navy.

Source: Associated Press, Military.com

4. Trump says media, Clinton ‘poison’ voters’ minds in ‘rigged’ election
Republican Donald Trump was up and tweeting Saturday morning, arguing allegations of sexual assault from a growing tally of women are underhanded campaign ploys to ensure he is not president. “100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter,” he tweeted, adding, “FIX!” He soon posted: “This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!” Trump previously developed the conspiracy theme Friday, suggesting the accusations are a plot organized by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Source: Politico, Twitter

5. U.S. warship fires additional missiles at Yemen amid uncertain circumstances
The Navy destroyer USS Mason fired at the coastline of civil war-wracked Yemen for the third time in a week Saturday after the ship detected what may have been incoming missiles. Though the warship’s crew initially believed themselves to be under fire, the Navy now says it also could have been a radar malfunction. “We are aware of the reports and we are assessing the situation. All of our ships and crews are safe and unharmed,” said a Defense Department official. Previously, the Mason was fired upon and launched missiles in return this past Sundaynight and Thursday morning.

Source: Reuters, CNN

6. Clinton: ‘This election is incredibly painful’
“This election is incredibly painful,” Democrat Hillary Clinton said in comments reported Saturday from a private fundraiser in Seattle Fridaynight. “I take absolutely no satisfaction in what is happening on the other side with my opponent. I am not at all happy about that, because it hurts my country. It hurts our democracy,” she added. “It sends terrible messages to so many people here at home and around the world.” Tickets to the high-dollar fundraising event ranged from $250 per person to $27,000 for a table of 10.

Source: The Seattle Times, Bloomberg Politics

7. Dozens dead in four ISIS attacks in Iraq
Dozens of people were killed and more wounded in four attacks believed to be perpetrated by the Islamic State terrorist organization in and near Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday and Sunday. The largest was a suicide bombing Saturday at a Shiite religious gathering in Baghdad that killed at least 35 people and injured at least 63 more. Two smaller attacks north of Baghdad, also on Saturday, targeted a police checkpoint and the family of a Sunni militia chief who opposes ISIS. The fourthattack took place Sunday and again targeted a Shiite assembly, killing at least four.

Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters

8. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels capture key town from ISIS
A group of Syrian rebels backed by Turkey announced Sunday they have successfully wrested the symbolically important town of Dabiq, Syria, from the Islamic State. Militant leader Saif Abu Bakr reported about 2,000 Syrian fighters forced their way into Dabiq with support from the Turkish Army. The ISIS occupiers put up “minimal” resistance before retreating. Dabiq, the namesake of ISIS’s English language propaganda magazine, is important because some branches of Islam believe it to be the future site of an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and Christians.

Source: Fox News, CNN

9. Former New York Jets player Dennis Byrd dies in car crash
Former NFL player Dennis Byrd died in a car crash near Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. He was 50 years old. A defensive lineman for the New York Jets, Byrd’s football career was ended by an on-field neck injury resulting in paralysis in 1992. He was able to learn to walk againwithin one year after the accident and subsequently authored a book on the experience, Rise and Walk: The Trial and Triumph of Dennis Byrd, in which he attributed his inspirational story to his Christian faith.

Source: Associated Press, CNN

10. 4 killed by truck driven off a 60-foot drop into a festival in San Diego
Four people were killed and nine more injured when a pickup truck careened over the edge of a bridge in San Diego, California, on Saturday, dropping some 60 feet into a park hosting a festival below. The driver, identified as Richard Anthony Sepolio, who is stationed at a nearby Navy base, is believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Sepolio survived and has been taken to the hospital and placed under arrest.

Source: USA Today, Reuters

3 thoughts on “10 things you need to know today: October 16, 2016

  1. If Trump thinks Hillary was high on drugs at the Second Debate, how could he possibly want to debate her if she isn’t buzzed?
    Of course, he’s ALWAYS high on Trump…


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