Friday December 30, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Weekend

Friday December 30, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Weekend

1. Thursday, President Obama issued sanctions against Russia by expelling 35 Russian diplomats. Surprisingly, President Putin did not retaliate by expelling American diplomats from Russia. Putin said he would wait for the actions of President-elect Donald Trump, who will take office on Jan. 20, before deciding on any further steps in relations with the United States. This act by Russia shows how the lame duck President is finding it difficult to create new policy with only a few weeks left of his Presidency.

2. Secretary of State John Kerry has been rebuffed when it comes to his speech about Israel earlier this week. British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the speech saying that we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.” In a separate email, the Prime Minister also stated that “we are also clear that the settlements are far from the only problem in this conflict. In particular, the people of Israel deserve to live free from the threat of terrorism, with which they have had to cope for too long.”

3. Carl Paladino, an ally of Trump and a millionaire developer has been asked by the Buffalo School District to resign immediately after remarks he made asking for President Obama to “die from mad cow disease” and calling for First Lady Michelle Obama to return to being a man. Buffalo board president Barbara Seals Nevergold said of Paladino’s comments, “Words matter, Mr. Paladino. This community has been rocked.” Paladino later apologized, saying the comments weren’t meant for publication.

4. President Elect Donald Trump, who has dismissed intelligence reports that Russia did hack into email belonging to the Democratic National Committee this election season, has agreed, finally, to “I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.” Yet, Trump did say, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.” U.S. intelligence officials say the Russia used cyber-attacks aimed at helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

5. We say good bye to 2016 Saturday night and hello to 2017. The United States will swear in a new President, Donald Trump, who was also the biggest news sensation of the year and who changed the political landscape in the United States. There will be battles that will follow us into 2017, whether it be political, military or even personal, we can fight for a better future, if that is what we decide we need. So Happy New Year to all, may we find peace in 2017.

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