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Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s ‘Smart’

Trump so smart he doesn't need Intel briefingsPresident-elect Donald Trump said in an interview airing Sunday that he doesn’t need to receive a daily intelligence briefing, stating he only gets the briefing when he needs it.

“I don’t have to be told ― you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day,” Trump said in an interview airing on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t need to be told ... the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.”

TVNL Comment:  We're speechless.

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Police expect Trump to lift limits on surplus military gear

grenade launcherIf president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.

National police organizations say they'll hold Trump to that promise.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order restricting that access in 2015 amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since then, federal officials have recalled more than 1,800 items, which have been destroyed through target practice or otherwise disposed of, officials say.

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Michigan Supreme Court Slams The Door On Jill Stein’s Recount Case

Michigan recount stoppedThe Michigan Supreme Court on Friday shot down Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s request to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that had halted the state’s election recount.

The decision effectively ends the Michigan recount ― and in so doing, ends any hope that Stein’s broader recount efforts would change the election result. Stein has sought recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania as well, but Hillary Clinton needed to be declared the winner in all three states to best Donald Trump in the Electoral College.

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Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil set to be Trump secretary of state pick – reports

Rex TillersonOil executive Rex Tillerson is likely to be nominated by Donald Trump for secretary of state, lifting the Exxon Mobil chief executive who has ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin into consideration for the most senior US diplomat.

The president-elect met Tillerson for the second time in less than a week on Saturday morning, a campaign spokeswoman told the Guardian.

Transition team sources told NBC News, the New York Times and CNN that the businessman was Trump’s top choice.

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Harry Reid: Comey Should Resign

Harry ReidIn the wake of a “soul-crushing” report on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, Sen. Harry Reid has called for FBI Director James Comey to resign for allegedly withholding information on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

Reid, who was a fierce opponent of Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, which many believe cost her the election, told MSNBC on Saturday that he believes the FBI knew all along that Russia was helping Trump and deliberately did nothing about it.

“This is not fake news. Intelligence officials are hiding connections to the Russian government. There is no question,” Reid said.

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Bombshell Secret CIA Report Says Russia Aimed To Steal White House For Trump

Hanginng chads on steroidsA shocking secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election expressly to help Donald Trump win, according to an exclusive report Friday by The Washington Post.

Until now, intelligence sources have indicated that Russian hacking throughout the campaign that repeatedly exposed information overwhelmingly embarrassing for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was an effort to undermine Americans’ faith in their government.

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Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff

Energy Dept. worried about Trump memoPresident-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.

The memo sent to the Energy Department on Tuesday and seen by Reuters on Friday, contains 74 questions including a request for a list of all department employees and contractors who attended the annual global climate talks hosted by the United Nations within the last five years.

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