Top News Stories for Today – November 2, 2016
FBI releases file on Bill Clinton’s 2001 Marc Rich pardon
On Tuesday, the FBI announced the release of 129 pages of heavily redacted files from its 15-year-old investigation into former President Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. Clinton pardoned Rich, a hedge-fund manager and financier indicted on several counts of tax evasion, on his last day in office; Rich’s wife at the time, Denise, was a donor to the Clinton Library.
The FBI closed its investigation into the pardon in 2005, and no charges were filed. The Hillary Clinton campaign and others questioned the timing of the document release, a week before the election and three days after FBI Director James Comey upended the race with an unusual letter informing Congress that new emails may have been found pertinent to the Clinton server investigation. The FBI said in a statement that it received three Freedom of Information Act requests for the Rich files, and “by law, FOIA materials that have been requested three or more times are posted electronically to the FBI’s public reading room shortly after they are processed.” CNN, The New Republic, The Week
Park nominates new PM amid political crisis
South Korean president Park Geun-hye named replacements for the prime minister and two other top officials Wednesday. But opponents vowed to block the appointments, calling them an attempt to distract attention from an ongoing investigation into possible influence-peddling by a longtime friend of the president.
Park nominated Kim Byong-joon, a professor at Kookmin University, as the new prime minister. Her spokesman called Kim a “well-qualified person who could overcome various dilemmas [the country is] facing right now and lead a solid cabinet for the future of South Korea.”
Park also nominated South Korea’s Financial Services Commission chairman, Yim Jong-yong, to be the finance minister and deputy prime minister, and Park Seung-joo was named to head the Ministry of Public Safety and Security. The appointments are seen an attempt to win favor with the conservative Park’s opposition. Kim and Park Seung-joo both served in the administration of former president Roh Moo-hyun, a liberal. VOA
No one at controls when MH370 crashed
An analysis of satellite data suggests no one was flying Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 when it plunged into the Indian Ocean in March 2014. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released the report Wednesday as experts gathered in Sydney to assess possible future searches for the plane, which vanished with 239 people aboard.
The Australian investigators believe the plane likely flew on autopilot for a time before running out of fuel and crashing into the ocean. The flight was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it went missing. VOA
Pope rules out women’s ordination
Pope Francis has ruled out women’s ordination, saying that Roman Catholic Church ban on women becoming priests will never be changed. Francis made the remark Tuesday aboard a plane on his way back to Rome from Sweden, responding to a Swedish female reporter who noted the head of Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman.
“Concerning the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,” he said. Pope Francis has ruled out women’s ordination, saying that Roman Catholic Church ban on women becoming priests will never be changed. Francis made the remark Tuesday aboard a plane on his way back to Rome from Sweden, responding to a Swedish female reporter who noted the head of Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman.
“Concerning the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,” he said. VOA
Obama said Hillary Clinton is treated differently because she’s a woman: Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Tuesday, President Obama said the Democratic presidential nominee is “consistently treated differently than just about any other candidate I see out there.” Women are looked down upon when they do things that would be considered “ambitious” by men, the president said, and there’s a “reason why we haven’t had a woman president before.” He told the men in the crowd to “ask yourself if you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we’re just not used to it?” Like everyone else, Clinton has had mistakes, Obama continued, and there’s “nobody in this public arena over the course of 30 years who doesn’t make some. She is a fundamentally good and decent person who know what she’s doing.” Columbus Dispatch, The Week
Clinton, Trump target key states they need to win presidency: Clinton is making stops in three cities in Florida, the sunny tourist mecca in the southeastern part of the country that Trump concedes he must win in order to take the White House in next Tuesday’s election. Trump is visiting two states Tuesday where polls for months have shown Clinton with consistent advantages, Pennsylvania in the eastern part of the country and Wisconsin in the Midwest, in hopes of turning them in his favor to give him a path to the presidency before heading back to Florida on Wednesday. VOA
Arab opinion poll shows support for Clinton: Arabs from Iraq to Tunisia are closely following the US presidential election, and most want Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to win the race, believing she’ll have the most positive impact on US policy toward their region, a new survey indicated. The survey of eight leading Arab nations conducted by the Arab Center in Washington found 66 percent of Arabs preferred that Clinton become the next US president, while just 11 percent preferred Republican Donald Trump. It polled 400 adults each in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. VOA
‘I fear for the country’ if Trump wins, Bill Weld tells Rachel Maddow: Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld said the country will be in “chaos” if Donald Trump wins the presidency and praised Hillary Clinton during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday. The former Massachusetts governor conceded that a realistic goal for the Libertarian Party in this election would be to win 5% of the popular vote and while he didn’t call for Libertarian voters in swing states to vote for Clinton, he made it clear that he strongly opposes Donald Trump. USA Today
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