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Obama Expels Russian Diplomats Over Election Meddling, Kremlin Promises to Push Back and More You Missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 12.29.16

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. "Obama orders Russia expulsions, sanctions for interference in 2016 elections"

"President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and sanctioned Russian intelligence officials who Washington believes were involved in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election."

"The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, mark a new low in U.S.-Russian relations which have deteriorated over serious differences on Ukraine and Syria."

Read more at Reuters.

2. "Kremlin spokesman vows retaliation against U.S. sanctions"

"The Kremlin on Friday issued a stark warning to the United States, saying it would respond in kind to the U.S. expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and other sanctions following the Russian hacking of U.S. political parties before the 2016 presidential elections."

"“I cannot say now what the response will be, although, as we know, there is no alternative here to the principle of reciprocity," said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov in a statement late Thursday evening reported by the Interfax news service.”

"He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide the exact response."

Read more at The Washington Post.

3. "Russia’s Putin says Syrian government, opposition sign cease-fire deal"

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday.

The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war.

Read more at CNBC.

4. "The VA Hooked Vets on Opioids, Then Failed Them Again"

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges its role in creating a large population of opioid-addicted veterans by overprescribing painkillers for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. After the agency tightened prescribing practices in 2013, many veterans bought pain pills sold illicitly on the streets. When those became too expensive, they sought heroin and fentanyl, a potent synthetic narcotic."

"The VA is now struggling to undo the damage. Hampered by budgetary and bureaucratic obstacles, it has failed to build a rehabilitation program robust enough to meet the overwhelming demand for treatment from the tens of thousands of veterans with opioid addiction, say analysts who have studied the issue. That has left many veterans to fend for themselves, tapping whatever resources they can find to battle a chronic, complex—and frequently fatal—condition."

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

5. "New Judicial Watch documents: Obama spent taxpayer money campaigning for Hillary Clinton"

"President Barack Obama appeared to spend $360,236 of taxpayer money on a campaign trip to North Carolina on Air Force One with Hillary Clinton, a Freedom of Information Act request by a watchdog group found."

"Air Force One costs $180,118 per hour in flight, and the aircraft flew two hours round-trip to make the July 2016 trip to North Carolina, the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command Headquarters said in its response to a FOIA request by the conservative group Judicial Watch."

Read more at The Blaze.

— Eric Revell

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  • JaxonEvans
    12/29/2016
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    It's essential that we make it clear we won't tolerate interference in our elections. This is a great move to make clear that there will be retaliation for interference in our government.

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  • Judy
    12/30/2016
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    I approve of Obama's actions against Russia. Please support his sanctions.

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  • Tina
    12/30/2016
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    We should never allow a foreign government to manipulation our elections!! Something must be done!! I think President Obama should have move quicker. I also think we should have a revote!! Trump is an illegitimate president!!!

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  • SSDaJoker
    12/30/2016
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    This is stupid. How did Russia meddle in anything? Julian Assange had more of an influence and he was just showing the truth, wtf. Russia must be held accountable, for what? Why wasn't Hillary Clinton held accountable for the death of Gudahffi? Why wasn't George Bush held accountable for no weapons of mass destruction? Give me a break we want to hold every other country to the highest standards or they risk invasion by the U.S. but we twist the truth and make up narratives to fit our agendas and who's sending drones on us? Who's holding us accountable? Oh but yeah, Russians, they did it again. Putin... Yeah that guy, we better stop him. Give me a break with the cold war propaganda already can we be at peace for once???

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  • Holden
    12/30/2016
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    I love that he's doing this with ZERO evidence that Russia hacked anything. All the "evidence" is just heresay, and even Julian Assange came out and said they didn't get the emails from Russia. These people want war with Russia more than anything in the world. Let's just remember that this looks eerily similar to what got us into Iraq: A bunch of accusations were tossed around, we went in without any actual evidence, turns out there were no WMDs there at all.

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  • Jeannette
    12/30/2016
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    Hundreds of thousands of dollars Obama used against Benjamin Netanyahu meddling in his reelection. Julian Assange, whose integrity is spotless with Wikileaks has repeatedly said No Hacking it was a LEAK from our own intelligence. It's doesn't take a rocket science to figure out that our personal in intelligence REBELLED. The REASON HRC used an unprotected server. RESULT it got operatives in foreign countries discovered. That lead them being murdered. Ask the question months ago Obama was not concerned about Russian hacking our computers or intelligence. It's because in the beginning the democrats were using the Russians to their advantage.what was it Emanuel said never let a good ?? Go to waste. The propaganda was just recycled and reinvented to fit their narrative. Never in the history of this nation have I witnessed a more deceitful president or the naive ppl that still believe BHO is an American citizen, a Christian, do Good by America. His BC and SS FRAUDULENT, he's a Muslim, and he has been a wrecking ball for his divide and conquer communist ways. In 2008 he goes to the western wall with skull cap on and pretends to pray deceiver. Now he has betrayed Israel and back stabbed Christians by wanting to give it to the terrorists Hamas. He is deceiving us about Russia. I am witnessing an anti American president spinning off the charts chaos for a new administration to deal with. Impeach him now and arrest him for treason. No doubt in my mind he wants a nuclear war and all of America destroyed. Where are the critical thinkers, common sense. Congress get a fricking spine get rid of this frick and frack administration!

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  • Daniel
    12/29/2016
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    Leon, I assume you're referring to the new US sanctions against Russia. If so, I totally disagree. No matter what side of the partisan divide you stand on, other countries must not meddle in our democratic process.

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  • Chris
    12/31/2016
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    Where is the proof Russia had anything to do with this?

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  • Lisa
    12/29/2016
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    No matter what side you are on, we must address ANY interference.

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  • John
    12/30/2016
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    I don't mind chipping in my damn tax money to fly the President to a campaign rally. I have a major problem with a foreign government influencing an election and helping a guy with pinko business ties.

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  • Robert
    12/30/2016
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    Obama said that Russia did not influence elections, then came out that Russia did influence the elections, what is the truth, it cane not be both. Under the circumstances it can't be both. Do nothing and let Trump deal with the problem. Tell Obama to go golfing instead, less head aches and every one is happy until his term ends.

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  • Barron
    12/31/2016
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    We must demonstrate to Russia that we won't stand for hacking of any kind. The FBI director stated that he was "confident" that Russian hacking occurred and that it was authorized by Putin.

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  • Leon
    12/29/2016
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    Huge mistake but no surprise from this administration.

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  • SouthernGal
    12/29/2016
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    I just wish this action hadn't taken a month and a half to happen. This is a serious breach in the integrity of our electoral system. I view trump as an illegitimate president elect and feel the entire electoral process needs to happen again starting with primaries.

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  • Nancethepants
    12/30/2016
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    Russia absolutely needs to be held accountable for meddling in our election, and a congressional investigation into their involvement is necessary to safeguard our democracy.

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  • Pam
    12/30/2016
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    Russia interference in the US election is inexcusable and there must be repercussions.

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  • Charles
    10/19/2017
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    Obama did this for political reasons. Need to find ways to avoid tampering by all other countries not just Russia.

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  • Robin
    12/31/2016
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    Knowing that there was election tampering, there should be a re-election!!! This man is not who the people want!

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  • William
    12/30/2016
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    No proof of tampering. I do not believe what Obama says anyway. Just some vague claims by some agency suits.

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  • Mark
    01/01/2017
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    To those calling for a re-election, I would agree under a very little circumstances. Russians hacked voting machines or hacked a computer containing the results. They didn't do that, they allegedly hacked and released emails. That doesn't warrant a re-election that warrants praise for exposing Hillary and her cronies.

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