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2016 US elections

President-elect Trump: Hacking of US Democrats during campaign could have been 'somebody else' other than Russia; 'I know things that other people don't know' - Reuters

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President-elect Trump, asked whether he would meet with the president of Taiwan if she travels to the US, says 'we'll see' - Reuters

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Editor's note: President-elect Donald Trump's tweet praising Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to not respond to new U.S. sanctions comes a day after he said it was time for the U.S. to "move on to bigger and better things." On Thursday, the Obama administration announced measures against Russia in response to cyberattacks during the presidential election. Putin responded by condemning the sanctions but said Russia will not retaliate. U.S. federal intelligence agencies have reported Russia was behind the wave of cyberattacks that shook up the presidential election, Politico notes, but some members of Trump's team have said the media and the Democratic Party's discussions of the attacks are efforts to delegitimize his incoming administration. Trump has said he would meet with intelligence officials next week "in order to be updated on the facts of this situation." - Stephanie

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North Carolina judge temporarily blocks GOP-backed law that strips power from Gov.-elect Roy Cooper - WCNC

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President-elect Trump responds to Russian President Putin saying he won't expel US diplomats; says 'Great move on delay ... I always knew he was very smart'

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US Sen. John McCain sets hearing for probe into possible Russian hacking of US election for Thursday in Washington, DC - NBC News

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More: Russian President Vladimir Putin says in statement that US steps to expel Russian diplomats in US are 'provocative' and says 'Russia has reasons to respond in kind' - NBC News

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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says allegations that Russia interfered in the US election are 'baseless' - @SkyNewsBreak

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Russia sanctions: 'Putin has become so emboldened that he authorized the harassment of US personnel in Russia and attempted to undermine American democracy by meddling in our election. I welcome the measures taken today to check Russian aggression and look forward to working with congressional leaders from both parties in the months ahead to strengthen these penalties, thoroughly investigate Russian efforts to undermine the U.S., and ensure that Putin and his cronies are held accountable for their actions'

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President-elect Trump aide Kellyanne Conway on Russian sanctions: 'Even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote "box in" President-elect Trump... That is not the way that peaceful exchanges work in this democracy' - CNN

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Report: Senior intelligence officials says President-elect Trump was first briefed on Russian involvement starting in mid-August; team has since received extensive intelligence on matter - NBC News

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Report: President-elect Trump's camp was fully briefed beforehand about Russian sanctions and expulsions, senior intelligence official says - NBC News

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FBI and DHS analysis blaming Russian spy agencies for US election hacks - via Reuters

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Russian authorities order closure of Anglo-American School of Moscow in response to sanctions, US official says - CNN

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President-elect Trump on Russian sanctions: Time for US 'to move on to bigger and better things'; will meet with intelligence officials next week

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Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson says 'tomorrow will be the official statements, countermeasures and a lot of other things' regarding US sanctions - @stevebruskCNN

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Editor's note: The sanctions President Obama ordered Thursday are against two Russian intelligence services as well as the head of GRU intelligence agency, Lt. Gen. Korobov, and three of his deputies, AP reports. Two Russian nationals, Alexei Belan and Yevgeny Bogachev, are also sanctioned and wanted by the FBI for cyber crimes. The Obama administration also announced it is shutting down compounds that have been used by Russian personnel and expelled 35 diplomats. The sweeping actions come just three weeks before the Trump administration takes office and are in retaliation for alleged hacking attacks meant to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, NBC News notes. Deputy U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner added that the actions against Russia are also in response "to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas." Russia has denied any involvement in the cyberattacks and President Putin called the decision for sanctions "groundless." - Stephanie

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Senators McCain, Graham: New new sanctions are 'long overdue,' and 'small price for Russia to pay for brazen attack on US democracy' - @SenJohnMcCain

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Senior US official: 'We have no reason to believe that Russia's malicious activities will cease' including on future US elections - @ZekeJMiller

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Senior US official: President-elect Trump could 'hypothetically' undo Obama sanctions against Russia 'but it wouldn't make a lot of sense' - @markknoller

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