Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 11, 2016)

Obama’s worst mistake in office

Obama’s worst mistake in officeIn his final year in office, President Obama has spent a significant amount of time emphasizing what he sees as his long list of accomplishments since 2008, but in an interview today he also admitted what he considers to be his “worst mistake.”

“Probably failing to plan for, the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya,” Obama said an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” The 2011 U.S.-backed intervention that helped topple Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi wound up thrusting the country into turmoil that has only spiraled downward since.

Both Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to argue that it wasn’t the removal of Gaddafi that caused the chaos, but rather the failure to prop up a stable government in the days following. An ISIS affiliate has since gained a foothold in the country, and the U.S. has carried out airstrikes against “ISIS camps” as recently as February. abc News



CIA not to use waterboard again

CIA not to use waterboard againEven if a president orders it, CIA Director John Brennan says the agency will never again use “enhanced interrogation” practices, including waterboarding. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” he told NBC News, later reiterating that he would “not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

Waterboarding, banned by President Obama in 2009, is considered torture under international law, and was used after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on suspected terrorists. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has said as president he would authorize the use of waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse” methods. Rival Ted Cruz said that while he does not consider waterboarding torture, he would “not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.” NBC News via The Week



Kerry visits Hiroshima memorial

Kerry visits Hiroshima memorialU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is “deeply moved” and “honored” to be the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Hiroshima, Japan, a city devastated after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb near the end of World War II.

He said “It was a stunning display,” after visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. “It is a gut-wrenching display. It tugs at your sensibilities as a human being, he added.” Asked if President Obama will visit Hiroshima when he attends a G-7 leaders’ summit in Japan in May, Kerry said he hoped that one day the president of the U.S. would be among those who visited the city. VOA



N Korean officer defects to S Korea

N Korean officer defects to S KoreaA senior intelligence officer with the North Korean military has defected to South Korea, officials in Seoul said on Monday.

The defector was a senior colonel with the North Korean Reconnaissance General Bureau, which is in charge of espionage operations against South Korea, according to South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun and Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee.

Speaking in separate press conferences Monday, the ministry spokesmen confirmed that reports on the defection by South Korea’s semi-official Yonhap News Agency were accurate, but said they could give no further details. CNN

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsSander wins in Wyoming but: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won Saturday’s Democratic caucus in the Western state of Wyoming, but even in victory he failed to gain ground on Clinton. Sanders won 56 percent of the vote. Democratic Party rules left each candidate with seven of Wyoming’s 14 delegates. But he will need to win by much bigger margins under the proportionate delegate system in order to catch Clinton and win the Democratic nomination for president. VOA

Where is Trump: That’s what everyone wants to know. Donald Trump, for the first time in more than four months — four months! — didn’t call or appear on any of the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday. And, he was only out in public last week for a couple of rallies and to visit the 9/11 museum. Many observers think Trump is trying to run out the clock. He does hold a big lead in New York, home of the next primary. And he doesn’t want a repeat of Wisconsin, where pundits say self-inflicted wounds lead to a double-digit loss. CNN

Trump is right on punishment for women: This is USA Today’s editorial Column: One of the peculiarities of American abortion law is that in the days when abortion was illegal, women who had an abortion were not prosecuted for the crime. The criminal law targeted the doctors and unlicensed practitioners who performed the abortions. They were the ones arrested, tried, and sometimes convicted for knowingly procuring or performing an abortion, not the women who had knowingly hired them. Women were subpoenaed to testify as witnesses against their abortionists at trial, but with few exceptions, women didn’t do time. Donald Trump’s remark that “there has to be some form of punishment for women who get an abortion,” though quickly retracted, raises interesting questions. Why weren’t women punished in the past and why shouldn’t they be today? USA Today

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