Intercepted Communications, Russian Ties Of 3 Trump Advisors Under Investigation

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, his transition team has attempted to distance itself from reports that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have intercepted communications and financial transactions into links between Russian officials and associates of the president-elect. “We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation … Continued

Six U.S. Agencies Now Investigating Kremlin Cash Trail, Aid to Trump Campaign

[DIGEST: McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, Chicago Tribune] The FBI and five other intelligence and law enforcement agencies are collaborating on an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to two people familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity to McClatchy, whose DC bureau broke the story. The FBI the CIA, the National … Continued

Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation Hearing Went Off the Rails

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was the first nominee to have a Senate hearing without completing an ethics review on how she planned to avoid conflicts of interest. DeVos, a billionaire who has donated millions to Republican candidates and holds a host of investments, including in companies that influence federal education policy, … Continued

Trump Interview Stuns European Leaders

European nations reacted with shock and defiance at President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of the European Union–he suggested that the 28-nation alliance will eventually break up–and his claim that NATO is “obsolete.” “I said a long time ago that NATO had problems,” Trump said in a joint interview with the Times of London and the German publication … Continued

Trump’s Press Conference Today Got Ugly Fast

“Your organization’s terrible.” That was President-elect Trump’s response to CNN’s Jim Acosta in today’s press conference, the first in over 160 days. “I’m not going to give you a question, you are fake news,” he added. Trump took aim at CNN because it had reported Tuesday that the heads of U.S. intelligence had briefed the … Continued

Why GOP Senator Rand Paul Might Halt Obamacare Repeal

The Affordable Care Act may have found an unlikely ally in Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who could stymie Republican efforts to repeal it. Paul waded into the debate over the promised repeal of “Obamacare” on Tuesday when he said he would oppose a budget resolution on the ground that it adds significantly to the national … Continued

Putin Surprises With an About Face Over U.S. Hacking Accusations

Vladimir Putin has decided not to retaliate against the United States’ expulsion of Russian diplomats and new sanctions. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry had recommended he do just that, and send home 35 US diplomats in response to Washington’s move yesterday. But Putin signaled he would not take immediate action: Instead, he said, he would … Continued

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