Obama, rapping Putin, says U.S. could mount cyberspace retaliation


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President Barack Obama put Russia's Vladimir Putin on notice Friday that the U.S. could use its offensive cybermuscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. presidential election, his strongest suggestion to date that Putin had been well aware of the email hacking during the campaign. Caught in the middle of a post-election controversy over Russian hacking, Obama strongly defended his administration's response, including his refusal before the voting to ascribe motive to the meddling or to discuss now what effect it might have had.

Obama signs Californiaa s massive water bill, but Trump will determine its future

President Barack Obama on Friday quietly signed and bequeathed to President-elect Donald Trump a massive infrastructure bill designed to control floods, fund dams and deliver more water to farmers in California's Central Valley. While attempting to mollify critics' concerns over potential harm to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Obama signed the $12 billion bill in a distinctly low-key act.

Obama says partisanship in U.S. greater threat than Russian hacking

President Obama Friday said he is deeply frustrated by "hyper-partisan" attitudes that have left some Republicans more trusting of Moscow than Washington, calling such attitudes a greater danger to America's national security than Russian hacking of U.S. elections. Obama reiterated his contention that "the Russians were responsible for hacking" the Democratic National Committee, starting in mid-2015, and that the U.S. will retaliate against Moscow for the meddling.

Obama blames talk radio for effectiveness of “Russian propaganda”

During a long and rambling press conference , President Obama today blamed talk radio and other "partisan news venues" for the impact that "Russian propaganda" allegedly had on our presidential election. Trying to sound presidential , Obama argued that the real threat to America isn't Russia, but rather not being true to our own values - in other words, "los[ing] track of who we are."

The Latest: Lawmakers adjourn session curbing gov’s powers

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N. Carolina governor sticks with GOP, diminishing successor

The last significant act of outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory 's tempestuous administration has been to go along with GOP legislators and sign into law at least one quickly put together bill that will diminish the power of his Democratic successor. McCrory must still decide whether to sign a second bill passed by a Republican-dominated General Assembly that has repeatedly tugged the man who campaigned in 2012 as Charlotte's moderate former mayor into hard-right turf.

Obama points finger at Putin for cyber attacks on U.S. election

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday strongly suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the computer hacks of Democratic Party emails that American intelligence officials say were aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump win the Nov. 8 election. At a pre-Christmas press conference, Obama leveled a fierce attack against Russia, calling it a smaller and weaker country than the United States that "does not produce anything that others want to buy, except oil and gas and arms."

Obama: Putin Maybe Knew About HacksBy Betsy Woodruff

President Obama didn't come right out and say it but it was pretty clear at his last press conference of 2016, that he thought the Vladimir Putin was involved in the election year email hacks. In a press conference this afternoon, President Obama all but blamed Vladimir Putin for the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta --and all but said those hacks were intended to boost Trump.

Obama blasts ‘domestic propagandists,’ says they made voters…

President Barack Obama on Friday blasted conservative talk radio and partisan news organizations, which he characterized as "domestic propagandists," for supposedly making voters vulnerable to fake news disseminated by foreign governments to sew chaos into the US political system. "If fake news that is being released by some foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued through partisan news venues, then it's not surprising that that foreign propaganda will have a greater effect," Obama said at the annual end-of-the-year press conference in the White House.

Democrats eye confirmation fight over Trump’s Treasury pick

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Greenwich Democrats look for BET nominees

The Board of Estimate and Taxation will face new challenges in 2017 after a third of its Democratic members resigned on Thursday night. The departure of caucus leader Mary Lee Kiernan was expected, since she had recently been hired as president and CEO of YWCA Greenwich.

Obama signs $10B water bill that helps Flint

President Obama signed a $10 billion water infrastructure bill Friday that provides $170 million to the city of Flint, Mich., and other communities suffering from lead-contaminated drinking water. "That help for Flint is a priority of this administration," President Obama said.

First lady: White House needs ‘grown-up’ in times of crisis

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New York Times To Vacate 8 Floors From It’s Iconic Building In Manhattan

The New York Times announced today it would vacate 8 floors in its iconic New York City headquarters. Via Zero Hedge According the a just released note from executives Arthur Sulzberger and Mark Thompson, the newspaper will vacate at least eight floors from its iconic building, allowing it to 'generate significant rental income' because it is 'frankly, too expensive to occupy this many floors when we don't truly need them.'

Coast Guard seizes 26.5 tons of cocaine

More than 26 tons of cocaine worth $2 billion have been seized by the US Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy, officials said Thursday. Approximately 100 suspected drug smugglers were apprehended at sea and turned over to federal authorities, said Vice Adm.

Omarosa Joins Trump’s White House Transition Team

The 42-year-old TV personality, who admitted to being a former life-long Democrat , dropped her ties to the Democrat Party and began helping Trump court black votes on the campaign trial in July as his Director of African-American Outreach. Now, she'll join the real estate mogul in the White House.

Conway: If Clinton and Obama Loved Country Enough, They’d Stop Saying Russia Hacked Election


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Kellyanne Conway gave an interview on America's Newsroom today, where she blamed President Obama and his staffers for generating friction between them and President-Elect Donald Trump . As he addressed the news from the CIA during a recent briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Trump knew that Russia was trying to help him throughout the election, and the mogul went along with it out of self-interest.

EPA review of new chemicals slows


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It's been six months since Congress made major changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act , the law that governs the use of chemicals in industrial and household products in the U.S. One unanticipated outcome of the overhaul is a backlog of new chemicals waiting to be reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Chemical manufacturers are up in arms about the delays, claiming EPA's slowness is impeding their innovation.

There Is No Possible Reform for HUD

The Department of] Housing and Urban Development has done an enormous amount of harm. My god, if you think of the way in which they have destroyed parts of cities under the rubric of eliminating slums ... there have been many more dwelling units torn down in the name of public housing than have been built."

Facebook under fire for picking ‘liberal’ outlets to fact-check :0

Conservative pundits and publications are charging that most of the third-party organizations recruited this week to filter fake news stories from Facebook have a track record of liberal bias. Snopes, ABC News, Politifact and FactCheck.org all "have records of left-wing partisanship - particularly throughout the 2016 election," Breitbart News reported Thursday .

Trump Makes a Great Deal On the Rent

Or just CLICK THIS LINK to start shopping for anything. Don't worry - anything you buy through it will pay Daily Pundit a commission! Thanks! This article is high-larious! It starts off sneering at Hillary "Sagging Moneybags" Clinton, , but the loons at the Daily Beast simply can't restrain themselves, and shortly veer wildly off the tracks into a sustained primal screech of hatred and terror about Donald Trump, specifically about a party he threw in this hotel 23 years ago ? Trump has obviously negotiated one of his yuge deals, in the case allowing him to live rent-free in the heads of the progressive left forever.

Despite claims, Iowa State expert does not run focus groups

A prominent Iowa political scientist who goes by the nickname "Dr. Politics" has routinely made misleading claims suggesting he has gleaned unique political insight from a focus group, when he actually just discusses issues with acquaintances and contacts, The Associated Press has found. Iowa State University professor Steffen Schmidt, who is frequently quoted about the Iowa caucuses and writes guest columns in Iowa's largest newspapers, has written repeatedly about how his focus group astutely informed his views on issues such as Hillary Clinton's emails, the fallout from overseas terrorist attacks and Democrats' struggles.

Clinton: Russian Hacking And James Comey Cost Me The Election

The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton is still sour about losing to President-elect Donald J. Trump, blaming FBI Director James Comey for informing Congress of reviewing new emails found on the laptop of top aide Huma Abedin and Russia for attacking the country through cyber attacks: Hillary Clinton on Thursday night attributed her defeat to a convergence of two "unprecedented" events: the release of a letter by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, shortly before the election, and what she called an "attack against our country" by the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.

Analysis: In Support of Elizabeth Warren’s Stance on Trump’s Assets and Establishing a ‘Blind Trust’

Suffice it to say that I am not a fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's sloppy , angry , left-wing , hyper-statist politics -- nor do I admire her career trajectory, which she unethically stacked in her favor by perpetrating what amounted to a crass, self-serving racial hoax . Indeed, I had no problem with Donald Trump ridiculing Warren as "Pocahontas" when she emerged as one of his most strident critics on the Left.

Bird Strike Sends Vegas-Bound Jet Back to Chicago

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [] Man Critically Hurt in Vegas Condominium Fire A fire official says a resident was hospitalized in critical condition after a condominium fire in Las Vegas. Raiders Look to Clinch Playoff Apot With Win Vs Fading Bolts The Raiders , who have their own relocation saga brewing back home in Oakland, simply need to beat the Chargers for the fourth straight time to clinch a playoff berth.

Raiders Look to Clinch Playoff Apot With Win Vs Fading Bolts

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [] Man Critically Hurt in Vegas Condominium Fire A fire official says a resident was hospitalized in critical condition after a condominium fire in Las Vegas. Raiders Look to Clinch Playoff Apot With Win Vs Fading Bolts The Raiders , who have their own relocation saga brewing back home in Oakland, simply need to beat the Chargers for the fourth straight time to clinch a playoff berth.

Portland researcher studies urban coyotes

Coyotes are a fairly common sight in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, and landowners might instinctively reach for the rifle if they see one in the pasture or sniffing around the barn. Put a coyote in a city, however, and residents are more likely to react in a way that ranges from trying to feed them to panicking over their pets and children.

Obama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hacking

President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America's election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied. As the White House grew more bullish about suggesting President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, Obama said he'd spoken directly to Putin about his concerns about Russian meddling.

12/14/16 – ” Mark Levin Audio Rewind

What if President Obama interfered with the election in Israel when he was trying to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu? Well he did. Obama sent taxpayer dollars to an Israeli group that campaigned against Netanyahu's party in the Israeli parliamentary elections.

Republicans Divided Over Russian Cyberattacks

President-elect Donald Trump, center, speaks with members of the military in a box in the stands during the Army-Navy NCAA college football game at M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Though GOP Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are calling for a congressional investigation into the depth of Russia's cyberattacks during the campaign, yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted , "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" After President Obama ordered the intelligence community to conduct a review of election hacking, the Trump team wrote , "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction."

Obama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hacking

President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America's election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied. Amid calls on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill for a full-bore congressional investigation, including assertions President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, Obama said in an interview that anytime a foreign government tries to interfere in U.S. elections, the nation must take action "and we will at a time and place of our own choosing."

The applied learning of war

The hands-on approach of the U.S. Naval War College prepares students to learn faster and retain the information longer. Enhance your leadership influence by presenting at UBTech 2017, the biggest week in higher ed AV, IT, and Institutional Success.

The Impending Collapse Of The Global Warming Scare

The Impending Collapse Of The Global Warming Scare - Over the past three decades, the environmental movement has increasingly hitched its wagon to exactly one star as the overwhelming focus of the cause, namely "climate change." Sure, issues of bona fide pollution like smog and untreated sewage

More Panic from Politico and the Post

Last week saw a delightfully breathless editorial in the Washington Post , followed by an even more preposterous companion piece at Politico , claiming that legislation changing how the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and other U.S. government-sponsored broadcasters are organized is somehow handing dictatorial control of American media to Donald Trump. Last week saw a delightfully breathless editorial in the Washington Post , followed by an even more preposterous companion piece at Politico , claiming that legislation changing how the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and other U.S. government-sponsored broadcasters are organized is somehow handing dictatorial control of American media to Donald Trump.

Federal court rules Ohio school must allow transgender student to use girls’ restroom

A federal appellate court has denied a request by an Ohio school district to stop a transgender child from using the restroom of her choice while school officials appeal an earlier ruling in the student's favor. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a 2-1 decision that an 11-year-old biological male who identifies as female may continue using a girls' restroom in the Highland Local School District north of Columbus.

Why It Matters That Trump Isn’t Taking the Russia Hack Seriously

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. Out of all of the recent developments in the news about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential race - the CIA's conclusion that it was done to help Donald Trump, the NBC report that Vladimir Putin was personally involved - the biggest has been Trump's reaction.

First Read’s Morning Clips: Lagging in Diversity

"President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right, as his nominee for ambassador to Israel, elevating a campaign adviser who has questioned the need for a two-state solution and has likened left-leaning Jews in America to the Jews who aided the Nazis in the Holocaust," writes the New York Times. NBC's investigative team delves into why the Obama administration didn't do more about the Russian hack before the presidential election.

Colorful NBA reporter Sager dies after battle with cancer

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo wears a shirt to honor NBA broadcaster Craig Sager who died earlier before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Milwaukee. . Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker wear shirts to honor NBA broadcaster Craig Sager who died earlier before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Milwaukee.

No one hurt after e-cigarette sparks fire on American flight

Officials say an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Indianapolis was forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas after a passenger's electronic cigarette "malfunctioned" and started a small fire. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein says none of the 137 passengers or five crew members was injured, adding that crew members quickly extinguished the fire.

The First 100 Days – An Anti-Corruption Agenda

You can view the complete video of the event here . We had a tremendous line up: Congressman Jim Jordan , who is a member of both the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Edwin Meese III, former United States Attorney General and Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at The Heritage Foundation; Mark Krikorian, Executive Director for the Center for Immigration Studies; Andrew McCarthy, Senior Fellow for the National Review Institute and former chief assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Ramona Cotca, senior attorney at Judicial Watch.

Friday’s Morning Email: Obama Calls Out Russia

OBAMA VOWS ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA'S ELECTION MEDDLING "'I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action,' President Barack Obama said in an interview with NPR, to be broadcast . 'And we will, at a time and place of our own choosing.

How faithless electors could flip the vote


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"FIFTEEN years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On December 19th, I will do it again."

Trump ‘has case to answer’ on Russian hacking during US election

Donald Trump had people around him who had quite a lot to do with Russia or Ukraine, former British ambassador to Moscow Sir Andrew Wood said It is "almost impossible" that Donald Trump would not have known about Russian hacking during the US presidential election, a former ambassador to Moscow said as Barack Obama vowed that America would respond to the action. The outgoing president said the US would react at a "time and place of our choosing" to the hacking of Democratic officials' emails in the run-up to the election.

US elector demands briefing on Russia election interference

Weeks after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, some of her loyal supporters have not given up hope. Clay Pell, a vocal supporter of the Democrat during her long campaign and one of the 538 members of the Electoral College, said the process has been tarnished by Russian interference.

Q&A: Secretary of state nominee’s environmental track record

President-elect Donald Trump this week tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, where opposition is emerging, the move could have broad consequences for U.S. environmental policy and affect the role the U.S. plays in multinational discussions about climate change.

Dems to use hearings on Trump picks to court working class

Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he's not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican's picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight.

The Midge: You won’t believe the latest target for The Donald’s ire …


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it Would Be ‘a Fire Sale’: Reporter says Trump will not sell…

President-elect Donald Trump will not liquidate his massive business empire before he moves into the White House, a Wall Street Journal reporter said in a CNN interview on Thursday night. Monica Langley cited an unnamed senior official in the Trump Organization who said the Trump family views conflict-of-interest issues surrounding the president-elect as a no-win situation.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan learn how to get along – for now

In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., pose for photographers after a meeting in the Speaker's office on Capitol Hill in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with House Speaker Paul Ryan, once rocky, smooth for now, is just the latest in a series of recent pairings between the White House occupant and the speaker.

A Party of Transcendence

As we think about the election - what went wrong, what's been unleashed and what we should do about it - please, please, let us expand our vision beyond some technical fix or updated "message." James Zogby , founder of the Arab American Institute and a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee, discussing the Bernie Sanders phenomenon and the future direction of the party, wrote recently: "Many rank and file Democrats had lost confidence in their establishment and were looking for an authentic message that spoke to their needs."

Trump’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Now that some of Donald Trump's choices for important positions in his administration have been made, it is time to examine the reasons for some of those appointments. An early appointment was that of General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.

In Election’s Wake, Will Third Parties Rise?

In the aftermath of the election, important questions abound about the nation's future. However, one is clearly missing from the public conversation: Will Americans' growing frustration with the major parties give third parties a new boost? As well known, the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominees were the most disliked in recent U.S. history .

The Bachelor’s Sasha says she was surprised Richie chose Alex Nation

Team Hillary at the start of 2016 vs. Team Hillary at the end: Glum Clinton hosts holiday party for fundraisers at the Plaza - while once beaming celebrity donors, like Anna Wintour, dodge the cameras New photos show Voice star Christina Grimmie's deranged killer at her Orlando concert moments before he shot her dead - and the foil-covered bedroom where he plotted her murder Obama vows to retaliate against Russia over hacking scandal as White House insider claims he ignored the issue during the election because he thought Clinton would win 'Frail and thin Shelly Miscavige has been spotted twice near Scientology compound' after not being seen publicly for nearly 10 years 60-year-old daughter of famed 60 Minutes broadcaster Harry Reasoner commits suicide in the parking garage of a Connecticut hospital Pictured together for the first time: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go to the theater in ... (more)

Braless Chrissy Teigen wears skimpy 80s blue leotard for LOVE advent

Team Hillary at the start of 2016 vs. Team Hillary at the end: Glum Clinton hosts holiday party for fundraisers at the Plaza - while once beaming celebrity donors, like Anna Wintour, dodge the cameras New photos show Voice star Christina Grimmie's deranged killer at her Orlando concert moments before he shot her dead - and the foil-covered bedroom where he plotted her murder Obama vows to retaliate against Russia over hacking scandal as White House insider claims he ignored the issue during the election because he thought Clinton would win 'Frail and thin Shelly Miscavige has been spotted twice near Scientology compound' after not being seen publicly for nearly 10 years 60-year-old daughter of famed 60 Minutes broadcaster Harry Reasoner commits suicide in the parking garage of a Connecticut hospital Pictured together for the first time: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go to the theater in ... (more)

Be Very, Very Afraid, and Protest

Why the surprise? To those who haven't been asleep at the wheel, or disinterested in paying attention, the fact that a far-right military-industrial junta will take over the government of the United State on January 20, 2017 comes as no surprise. It's been in the works since Eisenhower.

The American Election: White Women as Decoys

American punditry and the public intellectual industry, which includes columnists, commentators, are monopolized by White males, whether they be of the Right, Left or Middle. This is unfortunate because no group, whether the brightest and the best, is omniscient and so those who are concerned about the political direction of the country are deprived of points-of-view that might view events differently.

For Trump White House, diplomatic security challenges remain

Donald Trump hammered rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign for failing to prevent the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state. Soon he'll be the one responsible for protecting America's diplomats, but he's offered virtually no insight into how he'll do that.

Chicago mayor releases 1000s of emails from private accounts

The city of Chicago released thousands of email messages from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal accounts on Wednesday as part of a settlement with a government watchdog organization. Emanuel's office said it was making public any messages pertaining to city business that were sent to and from Emanuel dating to 2011, when the former White House chief of staff took office.

Obama Vows Action Against Russia For Hacking DNC Emails

"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action." "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action," Obama said in an interview with NPR, to be broadcast Friday .

North Carolina upheaval: GOP bids to limit next gov’s power

North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature took extraordinary steps Thursday to reduce the powers of a Democratic governor-elect, defying raucous protests and threatened legal challenges days before he takes office. GOP lawmakers ignored protesters disrupting House and Senate floor debate and advanced legislation on the second day of their surprise session, which Democrats angrily called a power grab to weaken Roy Cooper once he becomes governor Jan. 1. The state's attorney general, Cooper beat Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by barely 10,000 votes and vowed to fight back against GOP initiatives of recent years, particularly a law McCrory signed last March limiting LGBT rights.

Editorial: Investigate foreign link to breaches

To the millions of people who voted for Donald Trump because of his views on improving the economy, reducing the reach of the federal government and controlling immigration, or for the millions more who voted against Hillary Clinton and the perception that she was inadequate for the presidency, revelations about Russian "influence" in the 2016 ... (more)

Obama: USA Will Strike Back At Russia Election Hack

The United States will soon respond to Russia's attack via hacking on the 2016 presidential election, according to President Barack Obama. Speaking to National Public Radio, Obama said, "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing."

Montana pol is choice for Interior

In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, right, R-Mont., arrives in Trump Tower in New York. As President-elect Donald Trump fills out his Cabinet, it's looking less like America's population and more like the world Trump has always orbited, filled with rich white men and delivering on Trump's promise to ignore political correctness.

NBC News: Obama Sat on Knowledge of Hack; Thought Hillary Would Win

The Obama White House knew about Russian hacking in the summer of 2015, but kept quiet about it because it thought Democrat Hillary Clinton would win anyway, and it did not want to risk a cyber war with our Cold War foe, NBC News reported. "They thought she was going to win, so they were willing to kick the can down the road," NBC quoted one government official familiar with the situation.

.com | Trump rejects Russia hacking plot

US President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday again rejected the CIA's conclusion that Russia manipulated the US election, as the hacking scandal expanded into a hefty foreign policy challenge just five weeks before he takes office. Even as NBC News reported that US intelligence has concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a direct hand in the hacking plot, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the issue, which has been roiling since before he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton on November 8. "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waite [sic] so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" he tweeted.

City Council Clears Up Turkey Trot

The hot-button agenda item at Tuesday night's final meeting of the 2014-16 iteration of City Council wasn't actually on Tuesday's agenda. But it was on the agendas for both the Jan. 26 and Nov. 15 meetings: the 5-kilometer Rocktown Turkey Trot.

Sanders, Ellison look to rebuild party decimated under Obama

Left-wing Democratic leaders Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Democratic National Committee chair candidate Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., are seeking to rebuild a party that has been left in shambles by the Obama presidency. The Democrats have lost majorities in the House and Senate and been obliterated by the Republicans at the state and local level since Obama assumed office in 2009.

Cheers in Chocolate Town for Trump promises

"Your drive, your dedication and your love for your country pushed us across the finish line and boy, did we get across that line, right?" Cheers in Chocolate Town for Trump promises "Your drive, your dedication and your love for your country pushed us across the finish line and boy, did we get across that line, right?" Check out this story on ydr.com: http://ldne.ws/2hUiKyv President-elect Donald Trump leaves the stage after speaking at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA., Thursday evening, Dec. 15. The stop was part of Trump's "thank you tour."

U.S. sues Sterling Heights over denied mosque permit

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Sterling Heights, accusing the city of religious discrimination when it denied a permit to build an Islamic Center and mosque in 2015. Specifically, the city "violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 when it denied special land use approval to allow the American Islamic Community Center Inc. to build a mosque on five adjoining parcels of land located in the city," the government says in a complaint.