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Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:59
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Wisconsin on Friday rejected a request by President-elect Donald Trump supporters to stop a recount of election votes while the Michigan Supreme Court denied an appeal by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to restart the state's recount.

Senate passes funding bill, sends to President Obama

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and sent it to President Obama for signing into law, after Democrats who had sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal miners stopped delaying action on the measure.

Senate passes funding bill, sends to President Obama

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and sent it to President Obama for signing into law, after Democrats who had sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal miners stopped delaying action on the measure.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Ping An's overseas investments impacted by China's capital outflow crackdown-CFO

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:22
* Ping An CFO sees investment opportunities in U.S. and Europe

Senate passes short-term funding bill, averting shutdown

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:20

The Senate passed a bill late Friday night to fund the government through April 28, acting just shortly before the government was due to partially shut down. The House approved the measure on Thursday and it now goes to President Barack Obama for signature. The funding bill was held up by Democrats' efforts to get a longer extension of miners' health-care benefits. But lawmakers said they wouldn't shut down the government over the issue and vowed to press it next year. The vote was 63-36.

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US Senate passes bill to fund government through April

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:19
WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing into law, after Democrats who sought...

Legislation to fund US gov't through April clears procedural hurdle in Senate

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:57
WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - A bill to fund the U.S. government cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Friday and appeared poised to pass the chamber, averting a government shutdown.

Most Americans don't approve of Trump's work as president-elect: Poll

MiddleEasteye - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:27
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Only 41 percent approve of Trump's transition, 40 percent view his nominees for top positions favourably

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House: Washington Post

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:08
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.

Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:08
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House: Washington Post

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 22:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

UPDATE 2-Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:58
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec 9 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a...

Giuliani pulls out of consideration to serve in administration: Trump

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Friday he had removed his name from consideration for a position in Donald Trump's new administration as the president-elect narrows the field of people he is considering for secretary of state.

Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council

Top Reuters News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:15
(Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday he would name Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, to head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the U.S. secretary of commerce.

Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:15
(Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday he would name Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, to head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the U.S. secretary of commerce.

CORRECTED-Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:13
Dec 9 (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday he would name Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, to head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group...

Exxon CEO Tillerson emerges as Trump's secretary of state favorite-transition official

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 20:09
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec 9 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. chief executive officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a...

CIA Claims Russia Ran Op to Help Trump Win

LibertarianInstitute - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 20:07

Still no evidence provided.

Buried lead: “CIA Says” in place of “National Intelligence Council says” is for a reason: The other agencies wouldn’t sign on. But that’s just evil KGB plausible deniability and those other spy agencies are falling for it! assures the Post.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.

“For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees. Moscow has in the past used middlemen to participate in sensitive intelligence operations so it has plausible deniability.”

Seems like if the Russians wanted to influence the election secretly they could. Seems like if they were this ham-handed about it maybe it was because they were pushing for the opposite reaction, a rally to Hillary, who is a much more predictable, if on the face of it more hawkish, person and candidate.

And then check this out, from elsewhere in the Post, Greg Sargent on the real motives behind these newly declared investigations:

“James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan international security think tank, suggests that a finding of Russian interference of some kind might “hem in the next administration,” i.e., the Trump administration. That’s because any evidence that Russia tried to swing the election in some form or other — if such evidence is found — might shine a harsher light on Trump’s foreign policy choices.”

Hint for the new guys: “Hem Trump in” in this context means “prevent Trump from making peace” with Russia.

On the other hand, If Putin Did Rig the U.S. Election, Good.

Update: Marcy Wheeler ain’t buying it. Check out her Twitter feed here. Says she’s going to write up a blog about it soon.

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REFILE-Aetna CEO defends merger with Humana in antitrust trial

Reuters Us Markets - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 20:05
WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's chief executive denied on Friday that its withdrawal from some Obamacare exchanges was in retaliation for government efforts to halt its merger with Humana...

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