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In the biggest loss for Syrian rebels since the start of the civil war five years ago, government forces claim they've taken 98% of Eastern Aleppo. Anne Barnard, Beirut Bureau Chief in neighboring Lebanon for the New York Times, says the situation in Aleppo has become chaotic -- as it has in Palmyra.
Donald Trump calls allegations that Russia tried to influence the US elections, "ridiculous, just an excuse."
That puts the President-elect at odds with the CIA, the Democrats — and leading Republicans — on whether Vladimir Putin helped put Trump in the White House. President Obama's accused of failing to take any action long before the November voting — but Trump is isolating himself even before he takes office. He says the intelligence community is being used for politics, while members of both parties in Congress say the stakes are too high for partisanship.
Sanger on CIA judgment of Russian envolvement built on swell of evidence
Sanger on Trump and the President's daily intelligence briefing
Peritz on Obama, Congress knowing about Russian hacking and doing nothing
Kim on McConnell backing Congressional investigation into Russian interference
An unusual questionnaire for government workers from the Trump transition team.
Scientists in the Energy Department are being questioned extensively by the Trump transition team. They're being asked about no less than 74 specific points, including: what role did you play in President Obama's Climate Action Plan? Jean Chemnick, who covers international climate policy for E&E News' Climatewire, says the questionnaire has serious implications for civil servants.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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