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Russia’s Election Hacking, Aleppo Falls to Assad and More You Missed In Politics Today

by Countable | 12.12.16

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Electoral College Voters Join Growing Calls for Investigation of Russian Election Hacking"

Following the revelation of a secret CIA report that found Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was aimed at boosting Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency rather than just undermining public confidence, 10 Electoral College voters have asked for intelligence briefings before they cast their ballots December 19.

Read more at Countable.

2. "Fall of Remaining Syrian Rebel-held Aleppo Districts Appears Imminent"

"The fall of rebel-controlled districts of eastern Aleppo to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad is likely to prove a decisive victory in the five-year civil war. The demise has major symbolic significance and leaves the regime and its foreign backers, Russia and Iran, free to focus their military might on remaining rebel strongholds in the rest of western Syria."

"While rebel commanders and opposition politicians insist the loss of Aleppo won’t mark the end of the uprising, few doubt battlefield fortunes have swung heavily against them, and with the regime possibly hours away from seizing what is left of insurgent-controlled eastern Aleppo, the dynamic of resistance will have to change to guerrilla warfare to the keep the revolution alive."

Read more at Voice of America.

3. "Trump calls fighter jet costs ‘out of control’"

"Trump tweeted Monday morning that "the F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.""

"Shares of Lockheed Martin (LMT), which makes the F-35 fighter jets, plunged 4% following Trump's tweet."

Read more at CNN.

4. "Report: Carly Fiorina under consideration for intelligence role with Trump"

"Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is apparently in the running for director of national intelligence, the New York Times reported Monday."

"Fiorina, who ran Hewlett Packard as CEO in the previous decade, is meeting with President-elect Trump on Monday to discuss the position, according to the Times. Fiorina previously served on the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Board."

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

5. "Trump could face Capitol Hill showdown with Tillerson pick"

"Donald Trump won’t get Rex Tillerson as secretary of state without a fight… The President-elect is leaning toward entrusting the ExxonMobil tycoon with the stewardship of U.S. diplomacy, a move that could ignite the first showdown between the pugilistic President-elect and senators in his own party"

"The nomination -- which Trump sources say could come as soon as this week -- would be provocative, given Tillerson's personal relationship with President Vladimir Putin amid an uproar over CIA assessments that Russia likely intervened in the presidential election to help Trump."

Read more at CNN.

— Eric Revell

Photo by Abkhazian Network News Agency

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  • Mary
    12/13/2016
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    This is a serious issue that needs to be investigated with same diligence and intensity as the multiple Benghazi investigations. To any Republicans hesitating to call for an investigation .... pretend it is Hillary Clinton that was elected under that same cloud and 'follow you conscience'.

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  • Jennifer
    12/14/2016
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    I am calling on my Senators and Representatives to encourage Congress to do more to support Syrian civilians and refugees. It is absolutely disgraceful for Americans to sit idly by as the atrocities are being committed. I also call on Congress to support bringing in Syrian and Iraqi refugees. America has historically been a symbol for safety and freedom from persecution, and to deny people the ability to seek refuge here is hypocritical, and people like Donald Trump who stereotype and call for discrimination against people based on religion or ethnicity, give the Americans like myself who truly care about others, a bad name.

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  • Patrick mike
    12/13/2016
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    The title of "Electors" is used here to hide the fact that they are all Democrats! There is ZERO credible evidence that Russia was behind the pre-election Wikileaks! Assange has said, point-blank, that the Russians were NOT his source. His source was a young man named Seth Rich, a Berniac employed by the DNC. The election machines are independent computers. The manufacturers have said the only cases of mechanical tampering were to Hillary's benefit. Between the now 18 MILLION illegal alien voters, 2 MILLION deceased voters, and 750 thousand felon voters, the Democratic Party thought sure "the fix was in". When these unlawful votes are discounted, it is clear that Trump won the popular vote by a landslide. To argue otherwise just makes the Democrats look foolish.

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  • Frank
    12/14/2016
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    As a constitutional conservative and one who believes in integrity, I must join with those calling for an investigation into the allegations pertaining to the Russian hacking of our elections. Regardless of the sources, the information, or the evidence (or lack thereof), an investigation would aid in revealing voter fraud, help in the updating of state-registered voter databases, and promote the integrity which our government so desperately needs.

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  • Katelyn
    12/14/2016
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    Fight the Rex Tillerson appointment!

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  • Jeannette
    12/18/2016
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    CIA how often do we hear the words rogue CIA. I'd like to see their credentials, have it verified by the agency. You got it I don't believe The Great Pretender. I believe Wikileaks, I believe that J.A. Was telling the truth that it was a leak from one of our own intelligence agency. A coup against HRC being president was unacceptable for a simple fact. She used an unprotected server that got undercover agents infiltrated in foreign countries murdered. Good to know we still have ppl serving with integrity.

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  • Simeon
    12/14/2016
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    I would love to know what we are doing to try and alleviate the death and suffering in Aleppo right now.

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