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Russian media expert tells CNN: ‘They’ve succeeded in hacking our elections’ and now ‘the damage is done’

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A former Russia Today anchor claims that she recognized President-elect Donald Trump using similar propaganda techniques that she witnessed in Russia to win election in the U.S.

Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources,  Liz Wahl — who famously quit her job on-air over RT’s coverage of Vladimir Putin’s incursion into the Crimea — said Russian media is notably built upon delivering “disinformation” and has been very complimentary to Trump.

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“I mean, this is the main goal of Russian disinformation and now they’ve succeeded. Whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls,” she continued. “That is the ultimate goal to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions like the media.”

Pointing to Trump’s continuous criticism of the media and government institutions as unfair or poorly run — thereby sowing mistrust — Wahl said the parallels between the soon-to-be-sworn-in president’s rhetoric and the state-owned Russian media are all too familiar.

Trump, she noted, “basically matched some of these key talking points and Russian propaganda to undermine our system.”

“Russian disinformation has been taking place for years now, but people didn’t take it seriously. I mean the goal of Russian media is to undermine faith in our institutions and now they’ve succeeded in hacking our elections,” she continued. “This should have been the biggest election story. And here we are now, there were plenty of whistle-blowers and Russia watchers that knew exactly what was happening. Now here we are after the fact when the damage is done.”

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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates

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President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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