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Donald Trump tweets F-35 'out of control', Lockheed stock stumbles

F-35President-elect Donald Trump targeted Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II production on Twitter, condemning the program for being too costly.

The F-35 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter intended to replace a variety of legacy aircraft used by the U.S. Armed Forces including the F-16, F/A-18, and A-10. Many international customers have also expressed interest in procuring the new aircraft. However, the program has experienced several cost overruns and delays since the first plane took flight in 2006.

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US judge rejects Green Party's Pennsylvania recount case

Jill SteinA federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won narrowly by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.

In his 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party's lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general's office. The Green Party has been successful in at least getting statewide recounts started in Wisconsin and Michigan, but it has failed to get a statewide recount begun or ordered in Pennsylvania.

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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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