UNITY – Democratic, GOP Senators Unite to Sound Alarm Over Russia:
Four Democratic and Republican senators issued a statement Sunday warning that concerns over Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election “cannot become a partisan issue.” “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks,” said incoming Democratic leader Chuck Schumer
(N.Y.), Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain
(R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed
(D-R.I.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham
(R-S.C.). The joint statement went on to warn that news ofMoscow’s interference in the election “should alarm every American.” “The stakes are too high for our country” for it to become a partisan issue, the statement said. “We are committed to working in this bipartisan manner, and we will seek to unify our colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security.” The statement comes after The Washington Post reported on Friday that the CIA concluded Russia had interfered in the election to help Donald Trump
win, a fact which triggered calls for a congressional investigation. While most politicians reacted with shock and concern to the report, Trump dismissed the news as “ridiculous.”
Report: Trump Picks Exxon Mobil’s Tillerson as Sec of State:
President-elect Donald Trump
has chosen Exxon Mobil CEORex Tillerson
as secretary of state, according to NBC News
. The report cited two sources close to the situation as saying Tillerson had been confirmed as Trump’s pick after earlier being floated as a top choice. It was also reportedly “very likely” that Tillerson, who has no experience in government, would be paired with former U.N. ambassador John Bolton
as deputy secretary of state, NBC News
reported. Tillerson has strong ties to Moscow, having secured a 2011 deal with the Kremlin to access Arctic resources in Russia. That deal was blocked, however, when U.S. sanctions against Russia came into effect for its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Monitor: Islamic State Has Re-Entered Syria’s Palmyra:
Islamic State fighters have re-entered the ancient city of Palmyra nine months after losing it to Russian and Syrian forces, a monitoring group said. The terrorist group launched an offensive to regain the territory earlier this week, and fighting was reportedly still underway between the group and regime forces on Saturday. “IS entered Palmyra on Saturday and now occupies its north-west,” Rami Abdel Rahman
of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told BBC. The Islamic State controlled the Unesco World Heritage site for ten months before it was re-captured by Syrian forces with the help of Russian air support in March. The victory was touted by Moscow as proof that its campaign in Syria is effective, with Russian authorities even flying an orchestra out to play in the city’s ancient ruins in celebration of the military success.
Paolo Gentiloni Named as Italy’s New Prime Minister:
Italian president Sergio Mattarella
appointed Paolo Gentiloni
, 62, as interim prime minister in the wake of last week’s resignation by Matteo Renzi
. Gentiloni currently serves as Foreign Minister and enjoys widespread respect from both left and right politicians in Italy. He takes over the helm just as Italy braces for an impending bank crisis. Gentiloni, a former journalist, is due to begin consultations with political forces right away to form a new government.
John Kennedy Wins Louisiana Senate Race:
Republican John Kennedy
won the Louisiana runoff election on Saturday, giving the GOP a 52-majority in the upper chamber. Kennedy beat Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell
to replace Sen. David Vitter
, the Associated Press reported. Louisiana Gov. John Edwards
congratulated Kennedy on the win, saying in a statement he looks forward to working with him “to secure additional funding for flood relief, to make long term investments in our infrastructure and to bring Louisiana’s federal tax dollars home to help our people.” Despite challenges ahead, he said, “we can deliver great things for the people of Louisiana.” Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day
also issued a statement on Kennedy’s victory, saying it “caps a year of historic Republic wins up and down the ballot.” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere
said “the Republican brand continues to be the brand of choice for Louisiana voters” after the win.
Trump: Reports On Russian Interference ‘Ridiculous’:
President-elect Donald Trump
has dismissed reports that Russia interfered in the U.S. election as “ridiculous,” even as calls for a congressional investigation into the matter increase. “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. A report released Friday said the CIA had concluded that Russia meddled in the recent election to help Trump win, a fact which caused shock and dismay among both Republicans and Democrats and spurred calls for a probe. Trump, however, has claimed that the report was planted by Democrats acting as sore losers after his surprising win. “I think the Democrats are putting it out,” he said in Sunday’s interview.
Study: Half of people “remember” events that never happened:
Ever find yourself caught up in a vivid memory of an event that, you later realize with confusion, didn’t really happen the way you thought? According to new research by psychologists at the University of Warwick in the U.K., you are far from alone. The study demonstrated that about half of individuals will come to believe a fictional event occurred if they are told about that event and then repeatedly imagine it happening. More than 400 people participated in the study, led by professor Kimberley Wade
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Trump Denies He Will Keep Working for ‘Apprentice’:
President-elect Donald Trump
on Saturday threw a Twitter hissy fit over reports that he’d continue work with Celebrity Apprentice
even while in the White House. Lashing out at CNN for what he described as “FAKE NEWS,” he said the reports that he’d be “working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue.” “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B
& have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!” It’s unclear why Trump blamed CNN for what he described as a fake news report, when readily available video clearly shows Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway
confirm that he is meeting with ethics experts to determine how to continue to serve as executive producer on the show. In addition to CNN, Variety
also reported last Thursday that Trump would retain his executive producer credit on Celebrity Apprentice
. Oddly, while Trump was focusing on the show, most other politicians were discussing what to do about Friday’s damning report that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump win.
Judge Rejects Pimping Charges Against Escort Services Site:
A California judge on Friday tossed out pimping charges against the operators of an international classifieds website offering escort services that the state’s attorney dubbed the “world’s largest online brothel.” Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer
and former owners Michael Lacey
and James Larkin
were hit with pimping charges for their role in maintaining the controversial site, which many have accused of inadvertently helping sex traffickers. Ferrer was arrested in a dramatic raid in Dallas in early October and hit with the charge of pimping a minor. All three men were charged with conspiracy to commit pimping. But Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman
on Friday sided with the defendants and ruled that the website was protected from liability for third-party content. Bowman said “the whiff of illegality” on the website was limited to the escorts’ ads themselves. Robert Corn-Revere, the defense for Backpage.com, hailed Bowman’s decision. “Judge Bowman’s ruling made clear that the protections of the First Amendment exist for a reason. I suppose that reason is to prevent this kind of abuse of power,” he said.
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***Fifteen months ago, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson
began his college career in the least award-worthy way possible.On the first play of the Cardinals’ 2015 season opener, against Auburn, Jackson lined up as a running back for a trick play. The quarterback split out in motion, and Jackson took the snap instead, rolling to his right and underthrowing a double-covered receiver. The pass was corralled by an Auburn defensive back. Jackson had thrown his first interception — on his first play. On Saturday, before becoming the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, Jackson recalled that moment. Acknowledging that he had been nervous he would throw an interception, he said that as he walked off the field, he could not wait for Coach Bobby Petrino
to call his number again.
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Barbara Walters thinks ABC execs have ruined “The View” and fears the show will be remembered for its petty backstage bickering and revolving door of talent. “She feels they’ve ruined the franchise that she and Bill Geddie built. Instead of focusing on smart, educated women with strong talent, they cast uninformed child actors on the show. The legacy has been compromised because of poor casting and bad leadership under ABC News,” a source told us. Walters is so over the show that she even ditched a post-election appearance, which reunited original hosts, Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Star Jones.
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