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The Electoral College Affirms Joe Biden’s Victory & the Vaccines Take Off

December 18, 2020
On Monday, the Electoral College officially confirmed Joe Biden as the president-elect, and some Republicans have started to recognize his victory over President Donald Trump. Meanwhile the country continues to grapple the effects of COVID-19 as stimulus talks near a potential conclusion on Capitol Hill. The panel also discussed the FDA approving the Moderna vaccine and hacks of American national security infrastructure.
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Iran and Russia Seek to Influence Election in Final Days, U.S. Officials Warn

October 22, 2020
David Sanger, Julian Barnes | The New York Times
Iran and Russia have both obtained American voter registration data, top national security officials announced late on Wednesday, providing the first concrete evidence that the two countries are stepping in to try to influence the presidential election as it enters its final two weeks.
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C.I.A. Reasserts Putin Is Likely Directing Election Influence Efforts to Aid Trump

September 23, 2020
David Sanger, Julian Barnes | The New York Times
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is most likely continuing to approve and direct interference operations aimed at raising President Trump’s re-election chances, a recent C.I.A. analysis concluded, a signal that intelligence agencies continue to back their assessment of Russian activities despite the president’s attacks.
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Wildfires, Election Interference Highlight Political Inaction On Key Issues

September 12, 2020
Asma Khalid, Tamara Keith, Miles Parks, Lauren Sommer | NPR
As wildfires rage across the west, activists are noting the campaign's relative silence on the issue of climate change. Natural disasters of all sorts, from heat waves to hurricanes, are made worse as humans continue to increase their emissions.

The Washington Week Bookshelf: “Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President"

September 11, 2020
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Michael Schmidt of The New York Times discusses his latest book “Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President,” a fascinating and detailed account of the White House during Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The book looks focuses on two key players: former FBI Director James Comey, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. This is part of our ongoing Washington Week Bookshelf series.
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Senate report details Trump campaign's 2016 Russia connections

August 19, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
The Senate Intelligence Committee has released it's long-awaited report on the connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in 2016. It finds that President Trump may have misled special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Trump’s 2016 campaign chair was a ‘grave counterintelligence threat,’ had repeated contact with Russian intelligence, Senate panel finds

August 18, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Ellen Nakashima | The Washington Post
President Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman posed a “grave counterintelligence threat” due to his interaction with people close to the Kremlin, according to a bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday that found extensive contacts between key campaign advisers and officials affiliated with Moscow’s government and intelligence services.
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Intel officials tell Congress that Russia is spreading false information about Biden

August 8, 2020
Manu Raju, Zachary Cohen | CNN
US intelligence officials have presented information to lawmakers and presidential campaigns indicating Russia is behind an ongoing disinformation push targeting former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Dave Lawler | Axios
President Trump has never confronted Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview on Tuesday.
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