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CNN host hammers GOP indifference on Russia hack: ‘Partisanship is trumping patriotism’

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CNN’s Michael Smerconish remains troubled by a Republican National Committee official’s attempts to wave away concerns that Russia interfered with the U.S. election to aid Donald Trump.

The TV and radio host engaged in a contentious exchange Saturday with Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications chief, who was more interested in questioning news reports about the hack than debating evidence that intelligence officials and others have gathered.

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“There’s uniformity of belief that there was hacking by the Russians that impacted the (Democratic National Committee),” Smerconish said Monday on “New Day.”

Spicer disputed a New York Times report that the RNC had also been hacked, which he used to cast doubt over intelligence reports showing Russia had tried to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Let’s get to the bottom of it,” Smercomish said. “What I’m most troubled by is the idea that now partisanship is trumping patriotism.”

The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration had presented the evidence to lawmakers in September, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear “that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”

“What happened to the idea that we would unite against a common enemy, and that we would be Americans first and Republicans, Democrats and independents second,” Smercomish said. “That’s what has me frustrated.”

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.

"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."

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