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Donald Trump accuses China of 'unpresidented' act over US navy drone

Donald tweets 'unpresidented' act by ChinaPresident-elect Donald Trump has risked further inflaming US relations with China, after he used Twitter on Saturday to accuse China of an “unpresidented [sic] act” in its seizing of an unmanned American submarine this week.

“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” Trump said, misspelling “unprecedented”.

The tweet was later reissued with the correct spelling of “unprecedented”. The tweet containing the error was deleted.

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Report: Electoral College members won't get Russia intelligence before vote

Electoral college not to get briefingMore than 50 members of the Electoral College will not be briefed on potential Russian interference in last month's presidential election, sources said Friday.

Fifty-five electoral members -- the ones who actually cast and certify the votes to elect U.S. presidents -- signed a letter this week requesting to be brought up to date on accusations that the Russian government attempted to sway the election in Donald Trump's favor.

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Don’t call it post-truth. There’s a simpler word: lies

Post truth?  No, LIESSixteen years ago, I sat in court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice in London and felt the ground crumble beneath my feet. I was following the libel trial brought by David Irving, the Holocaust denier and “pro-Nazi polemicist” – to quote the judge’s eventual verdict – against Penguin Books, which had dared publish a text which told the truth about him.

I watched as Irving discarded the usual rules of evidence. The eyewitness testimony of survivors was dismissed as lies. Confessions by the guilty were waved away as fake. Inconvenient documents were written off as forgeries. All that was left was what he wanted to believe.

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Trump taps another retired general to run National Security Council

Gen Keith KelloggPresident-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will serve as chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council, placing another former senior military officer in a crucial national security post.

Kellogg, 72, will work directly under retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's choice for national security adviser, and K.T. McFarland, a Reagan administration official who will serve as Flynn's deputy.

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Trump picks hardline attorney as Israel envoy, angering Jewish left

Trump selects right wing Orthodox lawyer as envoy to IsraelPresident-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate David Friedman, an Orthodox Jewish lawyer with highly conservative views on Israel, as the next U.S. ambassador to the tiny Jewish-majority state.

Friedman helped advise Trump during the campaign and has assisted him in bankruptcy proceedings in the past. He is considered a key force behind the incoming president's relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Trump's Cabinet picks have more wealth than third of American households combined

Trump's cabinet wealthThe 17 people filling President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet and similar positions earn more money than a third of households in America combined, Quartz reported Thursday.

The amount of wealth possessed by the 17 picks, at least $9.5 billion, is greater than the 43 million least wealthy households in America.

Quartz included Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, on its list.

The wealthiest members of Trump’s Cabinet include Education pick Betsy DeVos, who is worth $5.1 billion, and Commerce pick Wilbur Ross, who is worth $2.9 billion.

TVNL Comment:  Can you say PLUTOCRACY?  That's what we have.

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U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

Putin involved in election hackingU.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

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