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PBC News & Comment: Full Podcast–Intel Vets Demand Obama Show Proof of Russian “Hacking”

Intel vets demand proof of Russian “hacking” from Obama at his last news conference on Wednesday, Putin praises Russian prostitutes….–in open letter to Obama, dozens of intelligence veterans demand proof of Russian interference in election, urge Obama to end the ambiguity

–Putin denies Russia tried to groom Trump, and laughs off golden shower story with compliments to Russian hookers

–in closed hearings, House and Senate Dems slam James Comey, who Rep. Maxine Waters says “has no credibility”

–days before the November election, FBI conducted nationwide sweep of over 200 Muslim men, using pretext of US killing of al Qaeda leader

–in new in-depth interview, we talk with MondoWeiss contributor Jonathan Ofir and in this excerpt he comments on Trump and Clinton positions on Israel

–responding to unsolicited advice from almost-former CIA Director Brennan, Trump blasts back on Twitter, suggesting Brennan leaked info about dossier

–former CIA officer John Kiriakou says we don’t need a CIA

–in first report for Buzzfeed, Jason Leopold reviews new CIA website with 12 million pages of declassified history

Part 2

As clock ticks on final days, speculation builds that Obama may grant clemency to Chelsea Manning, 10 more released from Gitmo….

–White House press secretary hints that Manning deserves relief more than Snowden

–10 more prisoners released from Guantanamo, 40 are expected to remain

–many House Dems will boycott inauguration, Trump’s attacks on John Lewis may swell those numbers

–more than 200,000 protesters expected in DC for Friday and Saturday

–former contestant on “Apprentice” sues Trump for defamation, for claiming he didn’t grope her

–at The Intercept, Lee Fang and Steve Horn report that Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson sought help for Exxon-Mobil from State Department

–Trump’s nominee to kill Obamacare, Rep. Tom Price, is part of GOP group that has big investments in obscure Australian biotech startup

–while corporate media has lost interest in the contradictions of the Orlando shooting investigation, accused shooter Omar Mateen’s widow is arrested