Top News Stories for Today – November 10, 2016
Trump is a wise politician to the North Korean
North Korean state media has urged Trump to help unify the Korean peninsula by withdrawing American forces from South Korea. During the campaign, Trump indicated he would consider this option if Washington and Seoul could not agree on a fairer burden-sharing agreement.
An editorial about Trump appeared in the DPRK Today state media outlet. It also called him a “wise politician” and “far-sighted presidential candidate.” VOA
Trump to meet Obama on Thursday
On Thursday, President Obama will host Donald Trump at the White House, beginning the transfer of power that will culminate when Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Trump told an Orlando radio station on Wednesday that he and Obama are “going to have a meeting” and “it’s going to be, I think, very good.”
It could also be awkward, since Trump led the “birther” movement suggesting Obama was not a legitimate president and has pledged to undo Obama’s main legislative achievements, and because Obama called Trump temperamentally unfit to be president while campaigning for Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton. First Lady Michelle Obama will also show Melania Trump around the White House. Afterward, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will confer with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R). Pence is also expected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden.The Week, Reuters, The Associated Press
Anti-Trump protests erupt across the US
Thousands of protesters marched outside Trump Tower in Chicago, along Sixth Avenue in New York, and near Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday night, demonstrating against Donald Trump’s election Tuesday. Late into the night, protesters in Los Angeles, where a Trump piñata was set on fire, walked onto the 101 Freeway, shutting down traffic for a few hours; at least 13 people were arrested.
Earlier in Chicago, protesters blocked the entrance to Trump Tower, shouting, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascists, USA!” and “Not my president!” In New York City, protesters gathered in Union Square then marched up Sixth Avenue to Trump Tower, chanting “Impeach!” and “Rapist!” Protests also occurred in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Portland, Austin, Dallas, and Oakland. The Week, Chicago Tribune, New York Post
Trump’s Cabinet and transition team
President-elect Donald Trump’s aides said Wednesday that he was turning his attention to pulling together his Cabinet and White House team. Leading prospects include Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has advised Trump on policy, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Trump also will begin the process of selecting a conservative judge to nominate to the late Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court, which Senate Republicans kept open by refusing to hold hearings on anyone appointed by President Obama. Trump spent much of Wednesday, the day after his election, taking calls from world leaders, many of whom were stunned by his upset of Hillary Clinton. The Week, The New York Times, Politico
Markets rebound from brief panic over Trump win
US stocks bounced back strongly on Wednesday after futures plummeted in the hours immediately following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election. Stock futures pointed to further gains early Thursday, as investor confidence continued to rise.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 257 points, or 1.4 percent, after Dow futures fell by more than 750 points overnight. Trump appeared to have soothed markets with his conciliatory acceptance speech, in which he mentioned Keynesian-style spending and promised a business-friendly administration. The Week, MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal
US may have killed 59 civilians in Syria, Iraq
The Pentagon said Wednesday that over the course of seven months this year, US airstrikes targeting Islamic State sites in Iraq and Syria likely killed 59 civilians and injured five others. The US began its air war against ISIS in 2014, and the summary released by the Pentagon said the 2016 airstrikes took place between March 5 and Sept. 10, with the deaths and injuries caused by civilians “entering the target area” after a weapon was released.
Almost half of those killed were in or near Mosul, the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq. Human rights groups and activists say the Pentagon’s number is far too low, and it’s probable that more than 1,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in the 16,000 airstrikes launched against ISIS by the US and allies since September 2014. The Week, Los Angeles Times
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