On Monday, South Korea's president blasted the actions of the captain and crew of the ferry that sank last Wednesday for committing "unforgivable, murderous behavior." The captain, 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok, is being heavily criticized for telling passengers to stay in their rooms as the ferry started sinking and allegedly waiting a half hour before issuing evacuation orders. The disaster left more than 300 people, mostly teenagers on a school trip, missing or dead.
"What the captain and part of the crew did is unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense, unforgivable, murderous behavior," said President Park Geun-hye at a briefing. She denounced Lee's decision to ignore marine traffic controllers' instructions to help passengers escape as he and some of the crew became among the first to be rescued from the doomed vessel. "Legally and ethically," she said, "this is an unimaginable act."
The president's comments came while Lee and two crew members are under arrest for suspicion of negligence. An additional four crew members were detained Monday. Jordan Valinsky
Bernie Sanders says his New Hampshire win serves notice to the 'political and economic establishments'
Bernie Sanders told a raucous crowd in New Hampshire that he won the Granite State's primary due to his volunteers, who "worked day and night" and "knocked on a heck of a lot of doors."
"We won because of your energy," he continued. "Together, we've sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California: That is, that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy, campaign contributors, and their super PACs." When Democrats and progressives win, he said, it's because voter turnout is high, and "Republicans win when people are demoralized and voter turnout is low." His victory, he added, serves notice to "the political and economic establishments of this country" that "the American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy and we will not accept a rigged economy in which ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages while almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1 percent."
Sanders promised pay equity for women, to raise the minimum wage to $15, and to ease the burden of student loans by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculation. "The greed, the recklessness, and the illegal behavior on Wall Street drove our economy to its knees," he said. "The American people bailed out Wall Street, now it's Wall Street's time to help the middle class." He also said he is looking forward to continuing an "issue-oriented campaign" that brings "new people into the political process." In a few months, it will be time to "unite the party and this nation," he said, "because the right-wing Republicans we oppose must not be allowed to gain the presidency." Catherine Garcia
Both CNN and The New York Times have called Donald Trump the winner of the New Hampshire primary, where he holds 34 percent of the vote with 42 percent of precincts reporting. A number of news organizations, including ABC News, have called John Kasich the valuable second place winner with 15.7 percent. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio are locked in a battle for third place, virtually tied with between 11 and 10 percen Jeva Lange
Bernie Sanders celebrated his New Hampshire victory Tuesday night by shooting some hoops in the gym where his election night party was being held — and he wasn't half bad. The 74-year-old Vermont senator made all his baskets, to the amazement of those looking on.
"Is this some kind of a joke? How is he making every single one?" one Fox News commentator marveled while watching the footage.
The other commentator had an answer ready for her: "He's from Brooklyn."
Watch for yourself, below. Jeva Lange
He is actually pretty good. pic.twitter.com/MzbfgSEfGM
— Sarah Hashemi (@TheShemShady) February 10, 2016
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may or may not make history as the first self-described democratic socialist to win a major party's nomination, but he already notched a famous first on Tuesday night, becoming the first Jewish candidate — and the first non-Christian — to win a presidential primary. Sanders has been projected to easily beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, just nine days after coming in a close second in the Iowa caucuses (where Sanders was the first Jewish candidate to win delegates in a presidential primary, something Joe Lieberman never achieved).
And those aren't the first bits of history made in this unusual presidential race, just two contests into the election.
4 caucus/primary winners so far: first Latino winner (Cruz), first female winner (Clinton), first Jewish/non-Christian winner (Sanders)
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2016
American Jews were thrilled with Lieberman's shot at the vice presidency in 2000 and presidential run four years later, but is there any "hoopla over a Jewish challenger holding a strong lead in the New Hampshire polls"? asks Ami Eden at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. "Nope. Bubkes." And he has some theories why:
Since Lieberman's dance on the national stage an African American was elected president, a Mormon won the Republican nomination, and a woman is widely viewed as the favorite to win in 2016. Suddenly the whole first-Jewish-president thing seems like a yawner. There is also the fact that Lieberman wore his Judaism like a yarmulke. He proudly put his faith front and center while embracing the role of religious trailblazer and Jewish role model. Sanders, not so much. [JTA]
Still, history is history. Congratulations, Sanders. Peter Weber
Hillary Clinton congratulated Bernie Sanders and thanked her New Hampshire supporters in the aftermath of her primary loss Tuesday night.
"I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes to make your lives better," Clinton vowed. She also went on to say that even if younger voters aren't currently supporting her, "I am supporting them."
Race was also a major topic in Clinton's speech — something her allies say she will be addressing much more strongly in the weeks ahead.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2016
With 30 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton currently trails Sanders 58-40 in New Hampshire. Jeva Lange
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, fresh off of not winning the New Hampshire primary, will return to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a vote on North Korea sanctions.
The legislation, which is expected to pass, would require the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, The Hill reports, with stiff penalties including freezing assets under U.S. jurisdiction, blocking government contracts, and banning people from traveling to the United States.
Leading up to the primary, both senators held several campaign rallies and events in New Hampshire, and are scheduled to return to the campaign trail Thursday in South Carolina. Catherine Garcia