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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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Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Meets #MeToo Senate confirmation looked like a done deal, but gender politics are disrupting the process. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s unblemished record is up against a woman’s lifetime of trauma--depending on who you believe. What are the options for Senate Republicans less than two months before this year’s elections?
White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
Climate Change and Big Money for New Technology California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse emissions, but Governor Jerry Brown concedes that’s just the beginning. Will his global conference on climate change make any difference? Not without trillions of dollars, which will have to come from private investors. We’ll hear about some exotic technologies attracting that kind of money.
The Supreme Court and the End of Judicial Restraint Senate confirmation for SCOTUS nominees has become a political circus. That’s because unelected judges have seized legislative powers--when Congress fails to take action. Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade is bad constitutional law, even though she agrees with the outcome. Should abortion have been left to the voters? Will Brett Kavanaugh make a difference?
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