The motive for a shooting that took place outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday still isn’t clear, but all three of the top Democratic presidential candidates quickly rushed to express their support for the organization. President Obama issued a statement on the shooting Saturday that did not address the question of opposition to abortion as a potential motive. Instead, the president suggested that the incident is further proof of the need for stronger gun control.
Three people were killed in the shooting. One of the victims was a police officer who responded to a call for help. The suspect has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, who was reportedly captured on the scene in Colorado Springs after surrendering to law enforcement.
Operatives from both parties suggested to Yahoo News that the incident puts the GOP field in a tough spot because of its opposition to Planned Parenthood. Indeed, all of the leading Republican candidates have expressed opposition to Planned Parenthood. And almost none of them have made any public comment on the shooting. Yahoo
North Korean test missile from submarine a failure
North Korea attempted to fire a missile from a submarine Saturday morning, failing as the weapon did not make it past the surface of the ocean, according to South Korean officials. The test is believed to have happened based on debris from a KN-11 missile seen floating on the surface of the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
South Korean officials told Nikkei that in addition to no evidence the missile cleared the water, there was no indication it left the submarine either as fragments of a safety cover were spotted. Firing or testing ballistic missiles is a violation of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, however the nation has openly discussed its intention to beef up the size of its navy and develop the ability to launch from underwater.
In May, North Korea touted what it called a successful test launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which made it about 100 meters out of the water. South Korean officials at the time said it appeared more to be an ejection of the missile than a firing.
Despite the failure, analysts are concerned about the idea of North Korea having submarine-launched ballistic missiles because the vessels are difficult to track and submarine-based missile launches take longer to detect. Analysts expect North Korea to start construction on new submarines in the next 12 to 24 months. UPI
Russia announced on Friday that it will halt visa-free travel with Turkey beginning Jan. 1 of next year amid the escalating tensions between the two countries following the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week.
The incident has elicited a severe response from Moscow, with Russian President Vladimir Putin threatening economic retaliation and deploying defense missiles near the Turkish border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to apologize for the act, but seeks a meeting with President Putin to defuse the countries’ mounting tensions. Erdogan said he and Putin will attend a climate change summit in Paris next week, and suggests the two “could sit and talk there.”
Flooding and wintry precipitation have led to at least seven deaths in Texas and Kansas as a storm system moves across the central Plains, authorities said Saturday. Four people died in single-vehicle accidents in Kansas, according to Lt. Adam Winters with the state’s Highway Patrol. He said all of the accidents could be attributed to black ice or hazardous road conditions.
Flooding claimed at least three lives in the Dallas. The victims include a man in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Benjamin Floyd, 29, was on his way to work when raging floodwaters swept his car off the road, according to CNN affiliate WFAA. He was unable to get out of his vehicle before it was submerged Friday, Garland city officials said.
The two other flooding deaths came in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, county emergency management officials said.
.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul’s biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Trump was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on November 27. That was down from a peak of 43 percent registered on November 22. The dip follows criticism of Trump for comments he made in the aftermath of the November 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more.
Following the attacks, Trump told an NBC News reporter that he would support requiring all Muslims within the United States to be registered to a special database, which his critics have likened to the mandatory registration of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Trump has also been criticized for flailing his arms and distorting his speech as he mocked a New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who is disabled. VOA
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