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White House hits back at Russia over DNC hacks — ejects 35 Russian diplomats from U.S.

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The Obama administration has announced new sanctions for Russia over its alleged role in hacking the Democratic National Committee.

Among other things, the administration is ejecting 35 Russian diplomats from the country and it is leveling economic sanctions against four top officers of the military intelligence unit that the White House believes directed the attacks. Additionally, the White House is shutting down compounds in both New York and Maryland that have been used for Russian intelligence gathering.

According to the New York Times, the White House is also expected to “release evidence linking the cyberattacks to computer systems used by Russian intelligence” in what would amount to the strongest American response ever taken to a state-sponsored cyberattack aimed at the United States.”

In a statement on the new sanctions, President Obama said they were “a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests.” He also said that “all Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions” in trying to impact the 2016 presidential election.

Given that Obama’s sanctions were accomplished via executive order, President-elect Trump will have the power to reverse them when he takes office next month. Many Republicans in Congress will likely lobby him to leave the sanctions in place, although Trump has so far been dismissive of any notion that Russia bore any responsibility for the hacks of both the DNC and John Podesta’s private email.

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Longtime Ohio news anchor retires after dispute with Sinclair Broadcasting over forced pro-Trump commentaries

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Rob Braun, a fixture on local Cincinnati television for over 35 years, is retiring after stating it was "time to move on" because "I don't fit well with the Sinclair News model," reports WVXU.

The reports states that Braun -- the dean of Cincinnati's WKRC news broadcasting -- made the comments on his Facebook page and assured loyal fans that he was not fired by the conservative news organization.

In a Facebook post, he wrote: "I want you to know that I am not retiring. Ch 12 is NOT forcing me out. In fact, they offered me a generous contract. I am choosing to leave. There is no 'real story but .... Sometimes in life, you just know, it's time to move on. I don't feel I fit well with the Sinclair News model."

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Alex Jones attacks Sandy Hook families’ lawyer as a ‘little white Jewboy’ in latest unhinged outburst

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Alex Jones is dealing with ongoing legal battles with families of victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Jones is being accused of sending child pornography to the families and leading an ongoing attack on the families using his InfoWars network. However, his legal defense seems to hinge on attacking the plaintiffs' attorney, AboveTheLaw reported Thursday.

It was the child pornography that prompted Jones to lose his mind over attorney Chris Mattei. During the discovery phase of the trial, Mattei found the images and contacted the FBI, which he is required to do by law. But it sent Jones into an outright ragegasm in a video that was shown in court.

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Trump ridiculed for babbling Oval Office talk about ‘manned drones’: We call those ‘planes’

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During a press availability in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Trump was naturally asked about Iran reportedly shooting down a U.S. drone in international airspace, which led to the president rambling in the way he does about what a drone is and does.

His explanation was not what one might call knowledgeable or smooth.

“I think probably Iran made a mistake,” the president replied when asked about the international incident. “I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. Fortunately, that drone was unarmed. There was no man in it and there was no — it was just — it was over international waters, clearly over international waters, but we didn’t have a man or woman in the drone. We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you. It would have made a big, big difference."

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