Aleppo is no longer a divided city. That's over.
“Developments in al-Bab are linked to clashes in Aleppo. Turkey is reportedly transferring opposition fighters withdrawn from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo to the al-Bab region to form a paramilitary force under its control. Turkey sees control of al-Bab as a key for its ruling Justice and Development Party to have a say in the future of Syria and to prove the futility of Kurdish aspirations to form and control a corridor along the Turkish border. Thanks Eleni
In Egypt, which has recently been friendly with Russia and Syria again, helping Syria militarily against Daesh in Aleppo, for instance. Bombings have killed Christians in a Coptic church. This is a first. There is lots of divisive blame going around. Who benefits (if anybody)? Thanks Eleni.
Ron Paul says the war on fake news is a war on free speech (But Russia did it, Congressman!)
Ghost Banning? What's that? Is it a thing? Who cares? It gets rid of fake news? OK, I guess... "Censorship" you say?
Hey, this Propornot blacklist of Russian-stooge-websites seems to have come out of Ukraine, with CIA backing. Wassupwiddat? Thanks Eleni.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), while not disputing the CIA's analysis of Russian hacking operations - something which would be unprecedented for the US spy industry and would telegraph just how partisan and broken the country's intelligence apparatus has become - has refused to endorse the CIA's assessment "because of a lack of conclusive evidence" that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
FBI, isn't buying the "fuzzy and ambiguous" assertions from the CIA that Russia "quite" clearly meddled in the U.S. elections on behalf of the Trump campaign.
Democratic fixer and pizza partier, John Podesta says electors should get an intelligence briefing (Don't read the contents of the Russian leaks of my emails, guys!) before casting the votes entrusted to them for Donald Trump.
"It was unclear which particular agency would provide the briefing, if it was permitted, especially in light of reports that there has been a schism between the CIA and FBI in their interpretation of whether Russia had indeed intervened directly to push for a Trump election."
Update: Forty members (up from 29 earlier) of the Electoral College on Tuesday signed a letter demanding an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the election ahead of their Dec. 19 vote.
Almost none of them are assigned to vote Trump. (Tump picked up votes in Wisconsin with that recount, folks. Is this a "Hail Mary Pass"?)
Donald Trump nominates stupicide-bomber for head of Department of Energy (You may not have any idea how stupid Rick Perry really is. He should be head of the department of hookers-&-blow, from local rumors I have heard for decades.) Perry's selection is amusingly ironic, because five years ago, Perry wanted to eliminate the Energy Department: in an infamous 2011 Republican primary debate, Perry forgot that the Energy Department was one of the three federal government agencies he wanted to do away with.
What's Plan-B for restarting the economy with a massive spending and tax-cut program from the fed'ral gub'mint, Mr Trump?
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned he considers current levels of U.S. debt “dangerous” and said he wants any tax overhaul to avoid adding to the deficit."