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It’s been a very busy week so let’s get right to it:


This latest attack on a news outlet came just after NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt reported that the CIA believes Russia’s hacks were aimed at helping Trump win the election. Definitely not the first time Trump has attacked the media, and surely not the last. The Hill reports…


The story about Russia hacking the elections built up over the weekend, but Trump remained silent until Monday morning. He seems to suggest that the hacking revelations are new and not previously reported. However this story had been brought up repeatedly on the campaign trail, with Trump himself adamantly defending Russia against hacking allegations. A silver lining? The widespread distrust of Russia has led to bipartisan cooperation as congressional leaders have joined together to call for a formal inquiry into the alleged espionage. Here is VOX’s explainer…


Last week it was Boeing and Air Force One. This week Trump lambasted Lockheed Martin’s controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He was referring to the military’s next-generation fighter jet, which has become a complete boondoggle that is costing taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion and is failing to deliver upon lofty promises. Trump is by no means alone in his critique of the program, but these comments coming from the president-elect sent the Lockheed Martin’s stock into a nosedive. The Atlantic reports…


The announcements came via Twitter instead of during a press conference, which had been planned to discuss Trump’s plan to unentangle from his business interests. Surprisingly, he is turning over management of his company to his two adult sons rather than his daughter Ivanka (whose husband, Jared Kushner is vying for a role in the administration regardless of anti-nepotism rules). The transition team promises to have all this business stuff resolved before the inauguration. Politico reports…


Trump has not held a press conference since July 27. He was supposed to have one on December 15. Now it has been rescheduled to January 2017. (Location has yet to be announced but if I had to guess…The White House.)


So Trump has picked a Secretary of State. It is important to remember that all of these cabinet positions are nominated by the president-elect, but must be confirmed by the Senate, and there are already grumblings that Tillerson could face an uphill battle for confirmation. The greatest critique of Tillerson is that he is simply too close to Russia and that, outside of business dealings, he has no experience in global diplomacy. The New York Times reports…


Bet you didn’t expect to this guy in this newsletter! Kanye dropped by the golden Trump Tower on Tuesday. He and the president-elect stopped by to “chat” with the gaggle of reports on his way out. However the interaction was marked with some very awkward silences and refusals to answer questions by Mr. West. Reporters were left in the dark about what the meeting covered, until Kanye took to Twitter. He ended the explanation with a cryptic #2024 (a new plan to run for president?) and the next day he posted a picture of a signed Time Magazine, apparently gifted to him by Trump. The Daily Beast reports…


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