Putin’s Not-So-Secret Weapon


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Long regarded as the understudy of the infamous KGB and its successor services, Russian military intelligence is now front and center in the Moscow-Washington showdown. It says something about the ingrained rivalry between the various fiefdoms of Russian espionage that the founder of Soviet military intelligence, Leon Trotsky, had an ice-ax driven into his head in Mexico by an agent of Stalin's foreign intelligence service.

With one week left in term, Republican NC governor begs Supreme Court …

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has mere days left after being beaten by a Democratic challenger, but he's still trying to restrict the Democrat's power. McCrory is making one more power grab before his term is up Jan. 7. The controversial governor is begging the U.S. Supreme Court, in an emergency request, to stop the upcoming 2017 special elections, The Washington Post reported .

Russian hackers penetrated Vermont electric utility: Washington Post

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, the officials told the Post, but penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Obama Expels Russian For Spying

In a rare, if not unprecedented news conference, Russian Consul General Sergey Petrov addressed the media after President Obama ordered four diplomats at that embassy to leave. One of the employees is a chef.

Plane with 3 kids, 3 adults on board missing after takeoff

Crews combing Lake Erie for a plane carrying six people that disappeared overnight shortly after takeoff from a Cleveland airport along the shore are still hopeful that the occupants could be found alive, a Coast Guard official said Friday. Authorities have "faint hints" but no strong pulse from an emergency locating transmitter, a beacon that could help find the plane, which is carrying three children and three adults, said Capt.

The GRU You Never Knew, the Russian intel agency that Obama just hit

Long regarded as the understudy of the infamous KGB and its successor services, Russian military intelligence is now front and center in the Moscow-Washington showdown. It says something about the ingrained rivalry between the various fiefdoms of Russian espionage that the founder of Soviet military intelligence, Leon Trotsky, had an ice-ax driven into his head in Mexico by an agent of Stalin's foreign intelligence service.

Globalization took hits in 2016

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and companies' freedom to move production to lower-cost countries.

What do we know about the Russian compounds in the US?

As part of President Barack Obama's sanctions against the Russian government for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two Russian compounds, located in New York State and Maryland, will be closed. Not much is known about the two locations, which were both purchased by the Soviet Union decades ago.

Michael Skakel murder case: Connecticut court reinstates conviction

NOVEMBER 21: Kennedy relative Michael Skakel walks out of a Stamford, Connecticut courthouse after his murder conviction in the death of Martha Moxley was vacated last month when a judge decided he did not receive adequate representation in his 2002 trial on November 21, 2013 in Stamford, Connecticut. Skakel, who was set free on a bail of $1.2 million, was convicted of the 1975 murder of a neighbor and will now face a new trial.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

Vermont utility targeted by Russian hackers


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Russian hackers breached a Vermont utility, potentially exposing vulnerabilities in the US electrical grid, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The code was apparently not used to disrupt operations at the Virginia utility site, The Post noted, citing unnamed officials familiar with the matter.

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. The husband of one of President-elect Donald Trump's top advisers could be arguing cases on behalf of the federal government at the Supreme Court next year.

Report: 3 Miami officers fired over target practice ‘jokes’

Three new police officers were fired for making comments on a group chat about using Miami's primarily black neighborhoods for target practice, a newspaper reported Friday. Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department policies, said the Miami Herald , citing documents it obtained.

Trump talks Agriculture position with former TX lawmaker

Bonilla made his comments Friday after traveling to Florida for a meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, telling reporters that the meeting "went very well" and that he remains under consideration for the post. "I didn't ask him about other interviews or who else has been through here but I sense that they're close to making a decision, they've got quite a few people, that's my understanding."

Center for Domestic Preparedness looking at changes following ricin mixup

When Anniston's Center for Domestic Preparedness resumes offering training for first responders around chemical and biological material, there will be some changes in procedures, officials said today. The changes are part of the response to the disclosure last month that almost 10,000 first responders were exposed to toxic ricin at the center over a five-year period.

Deal gives GOP cards to play in Connecticut state Senate

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Republicans came out the winners in the recent negotiations over how to manage an 18-18 state Senate. While conceding the leadership position to the Democrats, the Republicans walked away with the ability to put the Democrats on the spot.

Trump meets with candidates for agriculture secretary

Former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. Former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Apple to slice iPhone production 10%

Apple to slice iPhone production 10% - Sluggish sales spur January-March cuts for second year - TOKYO - Apple will trim production of its iPhone family around 10% on the year in the first quarter of 2017, according to calculations by The Nikkei based on data from suppliers.

Trump deportation plan could be ‘impossible’

Trump's Border Wall, Deportation Plans Face Pushback From GOP - Republican critics in Congress chafe at his deportation calls - GOP leaders in House, Senate want fencing, not a 'wall' - Donald Trump's pledges to deport undocumented immigrants and build a U.S.-Mexico border wall

Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning ask Obama for pardons – but…

He p lead guilty in October to a felony charge for providing a false statement to the authorities; he may get no jail time anyway Kiriakou already served his time for blowing the lid off the CIA's waterboarding program, since defined as torture - he's seeking vindication Obama says he 'can't' pardon Snowden, who's wanted for three felony charges tied to his 2013 exposure of the NSA's bulk data program President Barack Obama is unlikely to grant pardons to whistleblowers who leaked government secrets as he exits office, experts say, but they're asking for clemency anyway.

Tennis, sailing or spying? US shuts 2 Russian compounds – Fri, 30 Dec 2016 PST

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in retaliation for Moscow's cyber-meddling in the presidential election. About a half-hour before the noon deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of U.S. State Department agents.

Some power restored to North Carolina’s gov.-elect for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Orange County Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector challenge charter amendments again


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Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Sheriff Jerry Demings and Tax Collector Scott Randolph are challenging a pair of charter amendments approved overwhelmingly by voters in November. The legal challenge was filed Dec. 22 in Circuit Court by the Florida Association for Constitutional Officers, a new, not-for-profit group listing Demings as its president, Singh as secretary and Randolph as treasurer.

Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law

President Barack Obama plans to meet Democratic lawmakers in Congress next week to discuss how to protect his signature healthcare law from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a White House official said on Friday. Obama, who is leaving office on Jan. 20, will attend a meeting with Democrats from the House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday, the official said.

Trump Praises ‘Very Smart’ Putin On Twitter

Mr. Trump "pinned" the tweet soon after posting it, making it the featured message on his Twitter profile page, which is followed by over 18 million users. The president-elect's message came just a day after the White House announced a string of punitive measures against Russia for its cyberhacking attempts to undermine the U.S. election.

Steve Chapman: The triumph of falsehood

In 1644, the English poet John Milton made an eloquent case against censorship. Freedom of thought and inquiry was not only a God-given prerogative but also the best protection against error: "Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" Milton was fortunate enough to live before the internet.

Globalization took hits in 2016; Will 2017 lead to more?

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and companies' freedom to move production to lower-cost countries. "We want our country back" was the rallying cry of those backing Brexit, a sound bite that had echoes in Trump's "Make America great again."

Cosby’s Attorney Asks to Have Trial Moved

The attorney for Bill Cosby in his criminal trial for sexual assault filed a motion Friday to have the case moved out of Montgomery County because, in part, "prospective jurors in Montgomery County have been uniquely subjected to extensive, sustained, and pervasive negative coverage of the case." The motion did not recommend a new venue for the case, but attorney Brian McMonagle asked Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill to either grant the request for hold a hearing to discuss a change of venue further.

Putin says Russia wona t expel US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election, but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for President Barack Obama's moves in the wake of hacking attacks. In a burgeoning controversy surrounding complaints from the Obama administration about a cyberattack against America's political system, the White House on Thursday unleashed a string of sanctions and coupled them with an order that 35 Russians be expelled.

Trump should end the Presidenta s Daily Briefing

President-elect Donald Trump should end the President's Daily Brief prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It summarizes high-level intelligence and analyses about global hot spots and national security threats as seen through the eyes of the director.

Why Obama’s Russia sanctions are so devastating

As President Obama has taken action that even his critics deem significant against Russia in response to their sustained hacking campaign related to the 2016 election, it is worth noting why these actions are significant, if not extremely severe. It is also important to understand, as we will definitely see some forms of retaliations from Russia in the coming week.

2017 not much different from 2016

The foreign policy challenges facing India in 2017 are in the main those that the country has faced in 2016 and earlier years. Our immediate external environment has certain features that have not changed, though the challenges in some respects have become sharper.

11th-hour Obama moves to thwart President-elect’s agenda

President Barack Obama will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats on a strategy to block the Republican effort to dismantle his signature health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this month that repealing Obamacare was the first item on the agenda for the new Congress in 2017 and President-elect Donald Trump has called for the program to be repealed and replaced.

McCain calls hearing on hacking

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats to the United States, including the Russian hacking in the 2016 US presidential election, a committee aide told CNN. McCain has invited James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, and Marcel Lettre, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, according to the aide.

Plane carrying 6 disappears over Lake Erie near Cleveland

U.S. Coast Guard crews searched Lake Erie on Friday for a plane carrying six people that disappeared shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore. The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday with three children and three adults aboard and vanished from radar about 2 miles over the lake.

Mounting Evidence of AdministrationDishonesty Over U.N. Resolution

Evidence that the Obama administration is being dishonest regarding the anti-Israel U.N. resolution continues to emerge. This article by Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon shows there is good reason to believe that, contrary to the administration's claims, Team Obama was a major architect of and driving force behind the condemnatory resolution.

Obama turns Democratic Party into an antiquity

At his final press conference back on Dec. 16, President Obama said that he intends to focus on building the Democratic Party when he leaves office. As he leaves office, though, Mr. Obama continues to make it clear that he intends to focus on building the Democratic Party that fits his ideology, not a Democratic Party that listens to the people and advances the pragmatic priorities we can all support.

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The phoniest and most irresponsible lie in current politics is ObamaA s accusation that "the Russians did it!" Dropped HillaryA s email bombs, that is. This was originally just attributed to the CIA and FBI at secondhand, and later those agencies reluctantly agreed.

Takata could agree to fines of $1 billion in the U.S.

Takata has been on a losing streak for the past couple of years, but new reports suggest that the beleaguered Japanese parts supplier could soon slide much, much deeper into the red. Insiders say that within the next few weeks, the company may agree to pony up $1 billion to settle a criminal investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Stephen K. Bannon, former Breitbart News executive chairman, founding host of Breitbart News Daily , and now chief political strategist for the incoming Trump White House, made a special appearance on the final live show of 2016. "I'm only doing this because of the great audience we've got here and your producing team, led by Caroline Magyarits - and you, Matt, that you're hosting the thing.

Coast Guard searches for missing plane in Ohio

The U.S. Coast Guard joined local search-and-rescue crews to search for a missing plane that departed an airport in Cleveland, emergency officials said. The Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport, a downtown airport in Lake Erie, at 10:50 p.m. It was headed south to the Ohio State University in Columbus, the FAA reported, adding the plane was not visible on radar.

Putin says Russia won’t oust US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

Crews search for missing plane in Lake Erie near Cleveland

U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching Lake Erie on Friday for a plane that went missing overnight shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore. The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday night with six people aboard and disappeared from radar about 2 miles over the lake.

Corn Futures Little Lower

The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange reported that Argentina's corn planting was about 71.3 percent done. U.S. Corn used for last week's ethanol production totaled 107.94 million bushels, for the crop year total corn used for ethanol production is now 1.71 billion bushels.

Putin: Russia won’t expel US diplomats — report

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia, according to Russian state media. The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier recommended the Kremlin send home 35 US diplomats in response to a similar move by Washington on Thursday.

Rep. Gohmert: Obama’s Russia Orders Not ‘Much of a Punishment’

Rep. Louie Gohmert Friday dismissed President Barack Obama's order for sanctions and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats accused of spying as not being "all that much of a punishment" and amount to a middle school-style "slap back." "If you're going to punish somebody, what he did is not all that much of a punishment," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

NRA Asks US Supreme Court To Hear Two Concealed Carry Lawsuits


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The NRA still claims that there is a right under the Second Amendment to carry weapons concealed in public and the NRA still claims that states can ban Open Carry in favor of concealed carry. You will never read about this in the mainstream press but, in a couple of weeks, you will be able to read the NRA's cert petitions to the United States Supreme Court in a couple of concealed carry cases the NRA lost in the 9th circuit.

Peach Bowl bet on the line

Senators Maria Cantwell and Alabama Senator Richard Shelby have a friendly wager on the outcome of the Peach Bowl set for Saturday at 12 pm. If the Huskies win, Senator Shelby will provide two racks of ribs from Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for Senator Cantwell's office.

Russia holds off retaliation over US hacking sanctions as it waits for Donald Trump

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday suggested that President Vladimir Putin expel 35 US diplomats and close two properties used by the US Embassy in Moscow as part of the growing diplomatic slugfest over Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. However, Putin says he'll hold off taking action until after US President-elect Donald Trump - who looks set to become a close Russian ally - is inaugurated on January 20. The tit-for-tat measures were suggested one day after US President Barack Obama announced he would expel 35 Russian diplomats from the United States and order the closure of Russian-owned facilities on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on Long Island in New York believed to have been used for intelligence purposes.

Democrats are already building a case against Trumpa s pick to lead Treasury Department

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury, arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 12. President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department is likely to face a contentious confirmation battle centered on his purchase of a failed subprime mortgage lender that repeatedly has been accused of wrongful foreclosures. The formal vetting process for Steven T. Mnuchin, who served as Trump's campaign finance chairman and worked at investment bank Goldman Sachs for nearly two decades, has not yet begun.

new Putin says Russia wona t oust US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

Trump Has Tough Choice After Obama Sanctions on Russia Hack

President Barack Obama is forcing his successor, Donald Trump, into a difficult choice: reverse the sanctions the departing president just imposed on Russia for hacking e-mails in the U.S. election or put at risk his campaign vow to improve relations with Vladimir Putin. Hours after Obama imposed penalties on Russian agencies, individuals and companies and ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian operatives Thursday, Trump issued a terse statement far milder than his previous assertions that Democratic e-mails may well have been stolen and leaked by "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."

Widespread Drug Price Increases Point to Collusion, Study Finds

About one in 19 generic drugs sold in the U.S. during the past three years have undergone major price hikes that may be consistent with collusion, according to a wide-ranging study that comes in the middle of a sprawling Justice Department investigation into pharmaceutical price-fixing. Fideres Partners LLP, a London-based consultancy that works with law firms to bring litigation against companies, analyzed price moves in 1,670 generic drugs sold in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016.

Amazon dreams of blimps for flying warehouses

A patent for what Amazon calls an "aerial fulfillment center" includes drawings of how stuff you buy would be warehoused in the air, then delivered to a home by a drone dropped from the blimp. "This whole idea of having drones come down through air traffic lanes, I can't see how the FAA would ever approve that and certainly the airline industry would oppose that," said Scott Hamilton, an aviation-industry consultant for Leeham Company.

Coast Guard searches for missing plane in Ohio

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing plane that took off from a small Ohio airport on the shores of Lake Erie. Coast Guard officials tell WEWS-TV that they received a report after the airport's air traffic control lost connection with the plane.

.com | US releases detailed look at Russia’s election hacking

The US on Thursday released its most detailed report yet on Russia's efforts to interfere in the US presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors.

Historic Mug Shots Line New Supreme Court Brief as Court Weighs Privacy Dispute

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh a dispute over mug shots, a new amicus brief, backing the Detroit Free Press in its suit, presents a collection of historic and contemporary booking photos. The brief, filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, included the photos to argue that the images have a historical value, building an understanding of the context behind arrests, and should be widely available to the public.

With clock ticking, Palestinians pin hopes on Paris summit

After a pair of diplomatic victories, the Palestinians are now setting their sights on a Mideast peace conference in France next month in a bid to rally support as they prepare for the uncertainty of the Trump administration. The Palestinians are hopeful that a strong international endorsement in Paris will insulate them from what they fear will be a close alliance between President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

NYC deploying ‘extraordinary assets’ to secure Times Square on New Year’s Eve

New York City officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Chief James P. O'Neill, made it crystal clear today that they aren't taking any chances when it comes to securing the city for its New Year's Eve celebrations. Sixty-five sand trucks and 100 blocker vehicles are among the "extraordinary assets" the NYPD today said it will deploy around Times Square Dec. 31. That's more security than in previous years and is meant partly to deter the kind of rogue-vehicle attacks used by ISIS-inspired terrorists in Berlin shortly before Christmas and in Nice, France, in July, officials said.

Dumping the Democrats

I'm a 75 year-old woman, a native Iowan. It seems forever that I've been hoping Democrats would find real backbone and stand tall and firm for meaningful reforms that would help the majority of working class humans and try harder to protect the earth.

Tama Co. Farm Service Agency welcomes new committee member

The Tama County Farm Service Agency Office is pleased to welcome Darren Thiessen as a member of the County Committee. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.

How Russia sanctions may put Trump in political bind: experts

The latest round of sanctions issued by the Obama administration against Russia may present a politically sticky situation for President-elect Donald Trump , who has both praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said it was important for the U.S. to have a better relationship with the country. Trump, who called for Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton 's deleted emails during the election, may be inclined to use the powers of the executive office to revoke the newly imposed measures, but it may cause issues within his own party.

Paul Ryan Capitulates, Welcomes Obama’s ‘Overdue’ Russia Retaliation

House Speaker, Paul Ryan welcomes Obama's Russia retaliation and says 'it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia'. Far from a full-throated endorsement of Obama's actions, Ryan's statement condemned the commander in chief for eight years of what he considers "ineffective foreign policy" that left the United States more vulnerable than it was when he took office in 2009.

Obama’s “Evidence” Against Russia Falls Flat


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Still, our media were almost unanimous in saying that President Obama has proved his case and that Trump was out-of-step with what the evidence clearly showed. For his part, Trump seemed in no hurry to come to any rash conclusions, saying he would meet with "leaders of the intelligence community" next week in order to be "updated on the facts of this situation."

Letter: U.S. veto an insult to Israel

Letter: U.S. veto an insult to Israel President Obama did not just "rebuke" Israel, but metaphorically spit in the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Check out this story on northjersey.com: http://northjersy.news/2iKOS85 When the United States abstained on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, President Barack Obama did not just "rebuke" Israel, but metaphorically spit in the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis and supporters of Israel everywhere.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday issued a dramatic response to Russia's alleged use of cyberattacks to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including imposing sanctions on Russian agencies and companies and expelling dozens of suspected intelligence operatives from the U.S., in one of the biggest diplomatic confrontations between Washington and Moscow since the end of the Cold War.

Mayors ask Obama to tighten immigration protections

President Obama has already dismantled a registry that previously tracked people entering the United States from 25 mostly Muslim countries, a move the mayors' group backed. Mayor de Blasio and 30 other mayors from around the country are asking President Obama to tighten immigration protections before leaving office, making it harder for President-elect Donald Trump to undo them.