Friday, December 15, 2016, 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Thursday, jurors took only two hours to convict Dylann Roof in his federal hate crimes trial in the murders of nine parishioners, at Mother Emanuel Church, in Charleston, South Carolina. The murders came after church goers accepted Roof into their church during Bible study, where he then shot at will, saying he “had to do it” because he believed nobody was putting a stop to what he had read online about “black-on-white crime.” The federal charges included a hate crimes designation where the government will ask for the death penalty in the sentencing phase which will begin next month. The state trial of Roof will occur next year.
2. According to Intelligence agencies that serve the U.S, there is convincing information that the Russian hacking of the presidential election, of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was approved by President Vladimir Putin. The sources state that Putin arranged the hacking to influence the election due to a vendetta Putin held against Hillary Clinton. Originally, Putin only wanted to destroy the candidacy of Clinton, and when Trump became the Republican nominee, is was only a bonus for Putin. Congressman Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, argues lawmakers are being denied a briefing on the hacks. “We want to clarify press reports that the CIA has a new assessment that it has not shared with us,” Nunes said.
3. Electors for the Electoral College have addresses a public letter asking to be brought in on intelligence reports which show that Russia operatives were involved in the hacking of DNC emails and that Russia was involved in working to elect Donald Trump to the presidency. The electors state in the letter that they be briefed on “whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates and Russian government interference in the election; the scope of those investigations; how far those investigations may have reached and who was involved in those investigations.”
4. Thursday night, President Obama announced in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, regarding the Russian government hacking and interfering with the Presidential election, “”I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
5.5. The evacuation of civilians from Aleppo was stopped once again Friday when gunfire hit a convoy leaving the city. The cease fire appears to have fallen apart although it was promised to evacuate those people still left in the city that is crumbling
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