Top News Stories for Today – November 22, 2016
Massive earthquake strikes Japan’s east coast
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.3 struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in northeast Japan early Tuesday. The US Geological Survey says the quake struck 10 kilometers underground, about 250 kilometers northeast of the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities, however some injuries and minor damage occurred. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the first wave of the tsunami was measured at 90 centimeters, and then the waves died down. About an hour and a half after the earthquake there was also 1.4 meter wave that was large enough to cause some flooding. The area is home to Tepco’s Daiichi nuclear plant, which was devastated in a March 2011 quake and tsunami. That quake was magnitude 9, the strongest in Japan on record. VOA
Trump lists 6 things he plans to do on Day 1
In a YouTube video posted to his transition website Monday evening, President-elect Donald Trump provided an “update” on his presidential transition effort and listed some goals for his first 100 days in office. “I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on Day 1 to restore our laws and bring back our jobs,” Trump said.
The list includes formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, canceling restrictions on “shale energy” (i.e. fracking) and “clean coal,” ordering that every new regulation be met by scrapping two existing ones, instructing the Labor Department to “investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker,” asking the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff to create new cybersecurity plans, and imposing a five-year ban on lobbying for “executive officials” after they leave his administration, plus a lifetime ban on lobbying for a foreign government. There was no mention of the Mexico wall, ObamaCare, Muslims, or taxes. The Week, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times
Trump will not pursue Clinton investigations
Donald Trump will not pursue criminal investigations into Hillary Clinton when he is president, despite vowing to go after her with a special prosecutor when he was campaigning. Morning Joe broke the news, with Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, confirming that “if Donald Trump can help [Clinton] heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski reported a source familiar with the matter saying Trump believed Clinton had “been through enough.” Trump would reportedly not pursue Clinton over either her private email server or the Clinton Foundation. Just weeks ago, Trump had mocked Clinton during the third presidential debate, claiming she would “be in jail” if he was in charge. “Lock her up” was a favorite chant at Trump’s rallies throughout his campaign. The Week, Morning Joe, CNN
Trump cancels meeting with New York Times
Donald Trump canceled a meeting with The New York Times early Tuesday morning, just hours after a “horrible” sit-down with representatives from major news networks. “I canceled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment,” the president-elect tweeted, adding, “Not nice.”
The New York Times found out about the cancelation via Trump’s tweet: “We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to,” the paper said in a statement. The tension follows a “horrible” sit-down with major news networks on Monday, attended by Lester Holt and Chuck Todd of NBC News; George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz of ABC News; Charlie Rose and Gayle King of CBS News; Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett of CNN; and others from MSNBC and Fox News. The journalists went in thinking they would discuss “the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down.” The Week, The New York Post
Steady increase in Mosul displaced
UN has reported a steady increase in the number of Iraqis displaced by the military operation to retake control of the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. That fighting has been going on for more than a month with Iraqi security forces, Kurdish fighters and Shi’ite militias advancing from the city’s outskirts towards the center.
The UN’s humanitarian office said in its latest report that 68,550 people have been displaced, with 14,000 of those coming in the past week. It warned that as fighting gets into more densely populated sections of Mosul there could be a much larger flow of people fleeing the city. The Iraqi Red Crescent put the total number of displaced at more than 85,000. Both organizations say they are doing what they can to get food and health aid to those in need. VOA
Russia will take countermeasures to NATO expansion
President Vladimir Putin says Russia will take steps to counter NATO’s expansion to nations on its borders. In remarks made as part of a documentary film produced by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, to be aired Monday night by Russia’s REN-TV, Putin suggested Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine was motivated by fear over the fate of Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.
Putin said the appearance of US and NATO forces in Sevastopol would have been “very serious.” He added, apparently referring to the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO: “When a country becomes a member of NATO, it is already very difficult to resist the pressure from such a large country as the United States, the leader of NATO.” VOA
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