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President Barack Obama said evidence of political hacking stopped after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there were going to be serious consequences if he didn’t” end the cyberintrusions in the United States. Obama said he met with Putin in September on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in China. Obama said he insisted Putin “cut it out.”

The comments came Friday in a wide-ranging year-end news conference.

Obama also said that:

  • Naming Russia as the culprit behind the hacking of Democratic emails “requires us not to re-litigate the election, it requires us not to point fingers, it requires us to just say, here’s what happened, let’s be honest about it, and let’s not use it as a political football but let’s figure out how to prevent it from happening in the future.”
  • “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave” over the recent GOP praise of Russia. The President attacked Republicans for siding with an arch-enemy of the United States because of their dislike of Democrats.
  • His transitional conversations with President-elect Donald Trump “have been cordial as opposed to defensive in any way.” There is no “squabbling” between the incoming and outgoing administrations.
  • The Syrian regime, along with Moscow and Tehran, are responsible for the slaughter of civilians in Aleppo. “We have seen a deliberate strategy of surrounding, besieging and starving innocent civilians,” Obama said. “The blood for these atrocities is on their hands.”
  • Hillary Clinton was “treated unfairly” in the presidential contest. “I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”

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“Report Says Putin Was Directly Involved With Russian Interference In U.S. Election”


HUFFINGTON POST

RUSSIA, MOSCOW - DECEMBER 9: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a reception marking the Heroes of the Farherland's Day at the Grand Kremlin Palace on December 9, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
RUSSIA, MOSCOW – DECEMBER 9: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a reception marking the Heroes of the Farherland’s Day at the Grand Kremlin Palace on December 9, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

“Mitch McConnell Says Russians Are ‘Not Our Friends,’ Announces Investigation”


POLITICUS USA

Saying "The Russians are not our friends," Mitch McConnell, who once dismissed the threat of Russian hacking, has finally responded to pressure and announced that the Senate intelligence panel will conduct an investigation of Russia's interference in the elections.
Saying “The Russians are not our friends,” Mitch McConnell, who once dismissed the threat of Russian hacking, has finally responded to pressure and announced that the Senate intelligence panel will conduct an investigation of Russia’s interference in the elections.

“The internet in Trump’s nation”


THINK PROGRESS

White nationalist sentiments could force tech companies to finally decide how much unfettered free speech matters online.
White nationalist sentiments could force tech companies to finally decide how much unfettered free speech matters online.

“After blasting Clinton, Pence in an email battle of his own”


CNN

Washington (CNN)Vice President-elect Mike Pence is embroiled in a legal challenge stemming from his decision to withhold information from a public records request in a case local Democrats say raises the specter of the Indiana governor shielding all of his emails from public view.

It’s a bit ironic as Pence, along with running mate President-elect Donald Trump blasted their way into the White House in part by hammering away at Democrat Hillary Clinton’s own email scandal.
Pence’s lawyers have argued, in part, that a state court decision protecting state lawmakers from releasing their own records should also apply to his office.  MORE

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“Oops: Melania Trump Plagiarizes Her Husband’s Ex-Wife In First Speech Since RNC”


POLITICUS USA

If you're keeping score at home, Melania Trump has plagiarized in each of the two major speeches she's given during this campaign.
If you’re keeping score at home, Melania Trump has plagiarized in each of the two major speeches she’s given during this campaign.

“Putin Wants to Push Microsoft Out of Russia in Battle with U.S.”


NBC NEWS

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“Dozens Of Former Federal Prosecutors Sign Open Letter Criticizing James Comey”


HUFFINGTON POST

FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

“Vine’s dead. Is Twitter next?”


CNN

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