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"The best way I can describe it is having a diaper on and never changing it. And just sitting in that diaper the whole year" – A New York Jets player on his team's season. 'Second' said every Jets fan ever.
Yesterday, US intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill to read a spy thriller to lawmakers. It stars Russia.
For months, US intelligence officials have been pointing the finger at Russia for doing things like hacking the DNC and the Clinton campaign leading up to the election. And leaking the information to sites like WikiLeaks. After the election, officials said zee Russians did it in part to help President-elect Donald Trump win. President Obama said 'this is alarming.' Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said 'agree.' And they all wanted more info.
The US intelligence community's saying 'we've got that info you asked for.' Yesterday, James Clapper – the head of US national intelligence – gave the Senate the highlights. Officials are now more sure than ever that Russia's to blame for the hackings. And that Moscow had multiple strategies for trying to undermine US democracy, including spreading "disinformation" and fake news.
IS THAT ALL?
No. Clapper also threw shade at President-elect Donald Trump for doubting the intelligence community's findings. In the past, Trump has said that he doesn't believe their conclusions about Russia. And earlier this week, he kinda sorta implied that he sides with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – who's denied that Russia gave him the info published on his site. Yesterday, Clapper rolled his eyes and said US intelligence doesn't have "a whole lot of respect" for Assange.
So there's basically everyone – top US intelligence officials, the White House, and even lawmakers who don't normally agree – saying that Russia interfered with the election and that people should be very very concerned. And then there's Trump – the incoming president of the US.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…
That Facebook Live video. Yesterday, four black people in Chicago were charged with hate crimes. This comes after they broadcasted a video on Facebook Live earlier this week that's since gone viral. It appears to show them beating, taunting, and threatening a white man with mental health problems. The victim's mouth is taped shut and at one point the video shows his scalp being cut. The suspects can be heard saying things like 'F Donald Trump' and 'F white people.' The assault may have gone on for hours. Officials say the victim was a classmate of one of the suspects. On top of the hate crime charges, the suspects are also facing charges like kidnapping and battery.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO HAS AN EPIPEN IN EVERY BAG...
You might have someone to blame. Hi, parents. Yesterday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said one of the best ways to prevent a peanut allergy is to give your kids, yup, peanut products. BFD, because for years medical experts told parents to keep peanut products away from any kid who might be at risk for an allergy until they were three. But according to the new research, the old research is nuts. Under the new guidelines, most babies should be given small doses of peanut-based foods by the time they're six months old. The guidelines unfortunately did not weigh in on the Jif v. Skippy debate.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER TELLS YOU HIS FAV WILDCARD TEAM IS GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL...
I feel like I've heard this before. Yesterday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) hinted that Republican lawmakers plan on defunding Planned Parenthood. Republicans, who mostly want stricter abortion regulations, have been trying to wipe out Planned Parenthood's federal funding in recent years because it offers abortion services. But Democrats, who mostly want less strict abortion regulations, have always said 'woah woah woah,' and that Planned Parenthood does a lot of other things for women's health (see: birth control, pregnancy tests, breast cancer screenings). Planned Parenthood's prez responded by saying millions of people are about to have their basic reproductive healthcare attacked. If Ryan and the Republicans get their way, Planned Parenthood apparently expects to lose close to half of its funding. Back in 2015, a bill to defund the nonprofit passed both houses of Congress and was then vetoed by President Obama. If it passes this time, it'll go to the desk of President Trump.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKERS ARE LEAVING TO GO TO THE COMPETITION…
Feels like Fox in here. Yesterday, MSNBC announced that former Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren is joining the team. This comes a few days after Fox star Megyn Kelly said she's moving to the NBC family as well. Yesterday, Fox announced that she's being replaced by Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson, who's jumped on the Trump train. Choo choo.
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