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Intel Chief Insists Russia Meddled in Election and More You missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 1.5.17

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. "Trump Aside, Intel Chief Insists Russia Meddled in Election"

"Brushing aside Donald Trump's dismissiveness, the nation's intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America's recent presidential election. And he called the former Cold War foe an "existential threat" to the nation."

"Did Russian hacking sway the results? Not likely, indicated James Clapper, the direction of national intelligence."

Read more at the Associated Press.

2. "Trump is expected to nominate ex-senator Dan Coats for director of national intelligence"

"President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) to be his director of national intelligence, according to a Trump transition team official."

"Coats, who is seen as a traditional Republican, served two stints in the Senate and was ambassador to Germany during George W. Bush’s presidency."

Read more at The Washington Post.

3. "U.S. to transfer four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia"

"The United States will transfer four detainees to Saudi Arabia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in the next 24 hours, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in President Barack Obama's final push to shrink the inmate population there despite pressure from the president-elect to halt such releases."

"It will be the first in Obama's final flurry of transfers aimed at sending as many as 19 prisoners to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, before Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20."

Read more at Reuters.

4. "‘Fk Donald Trump, Fk White People!’: 4 People In Custody After Man Kidnapped, Tortured On Facebook Live"

"Graphic footage captured on Facebook Live shows a mentally handicapped white man being tortured in Chicago by African-American assailants as they laugh and express their disgust for white people and President-elect Donald Trump."

"Chicago police announced on Wednesday evening that they had arrested four people in connection with the crime, according to Fox 32."

Read more at The Daily Caller.

5. "Inauguration Tickets and Map Revealed"

"The tickets and map were unveiled at a news conference held Thursday morning by Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. For more information on the security restrictions that day, view the full map and instructions here."

Read more at Roll Call.

6. "Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance"

"A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon."

"Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House."

Read more at Washington Free Beacon.

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  • Mindful
    01/06/2017
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    We must insist that Mr. Trump reveal not only his Income Tax Returns, but more importantly, his involvement in any financial dealings of any sort with Russia and/or oligarchs there attached. Does he have indebtedness obligations, property investments, etc.that may affect his judgement/behavior with Russia. Those Tax Returns may be revealing, No? CONFLICT OF INTERESTS....is this a matter of concern? Is this why he is so much in denial about the 'hacking' issue?

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  • Dawn
    01/06/2017
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    Just as congress investigated the Benghazi incident, so must you investigate this! With no less vigor! And today, you have an opportunity to discuss what this possible interference meant to our election process with your fellow senators. Please, don't confirm without questioning. You must at least ask the question!

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  • Cindy
    01/08/2017
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    Investigate trumps conflicts and ties with Russia and put in. Pass bill making it a law that presidents must release tax returns. Follow the money but first require trump to show his holdings /money

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  • Beth
    01/09/2017
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    Make Trump show his tax returns!

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  • Andy.
    01/05/2017
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    For the love of God. Provide proof or keep quiet until you have some.

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  • Pam
    01/09/2017
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    Why is the Russian involvement in the election not being investigated? Oh, right, because it helped the republicans.

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  • Briana
    01/06/2017
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    This intelligence needs to be taken very very seriously. Those on both sides of the aisle should be concerned with this issue.

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  • Tim
    01/06/2017
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    Trump will never admit it and the reason is simple, admitting this, automatically make this election with stamp "NOT FAIR" and "NOT A REAL PRESIDENT"

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  • Monica
    01/06/2017
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    Regardless of party preference, Russian interference needs to be taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly.

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  • Jlvogelsang
    01/09/2017
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    I am extremely concerned about Trump's ties with Russia!

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  • Shelley
    01/09/2017
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    I am deeply concerned about the Russian interference with our election. Trump's reaction to the intelligence on this issue makes him appear to have been involved. Please investigate this fully. Including finding out how involved Trump and his team were and are with Putin.

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  • John
    01/07/2017
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    The Russian involvement in our national election process is a very real threat to our republic. Please investigate this and help keep our nation free.

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  • Roy
    01/09/2017
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    Why haven't you asked to see Trump's tax returns?

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  • Emmanuel
    01/06/2017
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    I'm turning into a die hard conservative and knowing that Vladimir Putin used Donald Trump to steal our election sickens me. Ronald Reagan is rolling in his grave #LockHimUp

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  • Kate
    01/09/2017
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    My gut tells me Trump/Putin/Tillerson are in bed together and were in contact during the election cycle. Putin & Trumps talking points are identical. Their ideology is extreme right and fascist. Trump needs to show his tax returns before taking office and divest himself from all businesses in a blind trust. Not to family members . The three are in cahoots to make money by getting rid of environmental protections making oil the main priority. Putin is using Trump. Trump thinks he's using Putin because he has his buddy Tillerson in his side. Russia is NOT our friend. If Congress was serious they would depose Trump and refuse to confirm Tillerson. This is a dangerous road we're on and it needs to stop! I believe Trump, Tillerson, McConnell and Comey may be guilty of treasonous acts. Definitely Trump is guilty and this will come to light eventually. I just pray it's not to late

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  • Loraki
    01/06/2017
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    I don't TRUST James Clapper any more than I trust John Kerry, Ashton Carter, Loretta Lynch, Jeh Johnson, Ernest Moniz, John King, Robert McDonald, Gina McCarthy, Shaun Donovan, Samantha Power, Jason Furman, or anyone else in the Obama Administration! We saw how the FBI and DOJ covered Obama's back during the HRC investigation. And we saw how the intelligence community was spinning their reports to bolster Obama's narrative. This smells like Clapper is bolstering Obama's story and his sanctions against Russia! Obama is a deceitful, petulant, vindictive, narcissistic, pretentious petty tyrant, and he is throwing a kind of tantrum by trying to delegitimize Trump's election and throwing up roadblocks to make the transition as complicated and difficult as possible for the President Elect. In fact, it looks like the sore loser Democommies in Congress are getting all set to do likewise! Now, I read several opinions that referred to the GOP as hateful. And while I can't speak for ALL Republicans, I think I can speak on behalf of most, if not all CHRISTIAN conservatives in saying that the Lord has told us: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” ‭(‭Luke‬ ‭6:35‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) So we strive to do just that, but it doesn't mean that we are to love the evil that men do! I'll also share a meme with you that strikes me as containing more than a kernel of truth: "The Democrat Party is the world's most successful hate group. It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine, and a lot of bratty college kids who hate their parents. However, the real secret of the party's success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans and who therefore work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats." None of us is perfect, but your calling the GOP hateful may be a case of what a psychoanalyst would call a transference of emotion. . . . I'll grant you that there are undoubtedly some hateful Republicans, just as there are undoubtedly some hateful Democrats. But I strongly believe that it is NOT TRUE that ALL members of EITHER party are hateful. So, how about showing some fairness and quit branding the whole Republican Party as if we are all alike. If we were all alike, we would have had only one nominee for President! One thing I've noticed in choosing to not follow ONLY people who agree with me on every issue is the fact that there are a surprising number of areas where people who strike me as liberals actually agree with me! Does that mean I'm a liberal? No, and I don't think their agreeing with me makes them a conservative. What it does mean is that people can choose to be stubbornly emotional and refuse to listen to the rational part of their brain, OR they can choose to be willing to consider all sides of an issue. Every once in a while, someone does post an opinion that causes me to reconsider my own! Sometimes I change my mind! We'll probably never agree on EVERYTHING, but we should definitely celebrate those instances where we DO agree!

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  • Judy
    01/07/2017
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    We need a revoke and elect a Hillary not that mad man!

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  • Marie
    01/05/2017
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    If it has been confirmed that Russia did have anything to do with the outcome of Trump election, he should have not become president and a way should be found to stop any further issues in any election.

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  • David
    01/06/2017
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    There seems to be conflicting reports on this issue. Intelligence agents seem convinced that Russian nationals are responsible for the hacks. Assange of WikiLeaks claims he received the information from a disgruntled DNC insider who was angry at the treatment of Bernie Sanders. Frankly, both sounds reasonable, yet both also have questionable reliability. Reports are that the FBI was prevented from examining the DNC servers. So what kind of investigation has been performed? Has the revealed allegations of collusion between the DNC and Hillary been investigated? Why has mainstream media not pursued the truth about this? None of this helps restore faith in our government, the media or our elected officials. It only enforces our resolve to "drain the swamp" that has become American politics.

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  • Pam
    01/12/2017
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    We need an investigation.

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