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Istanbul nightclub attack

White House: President Obama directed staff to offer 'appropriate assistance' to Turkey after Istanbul nightclub attack - Reuters

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LGBT rights

Texas judge grants injunction halting Obama administration transgender health protections - AP

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Buffalo, NY, US

Buffalo, NY, school board calls a special meeting after 24-hour deadline passes for Carl Paladino to resign over comments about Obamas - WKBW

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Editor's note: President-elect Donald Trump's tweet praising Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to not respond to new U.S. sanctions comes a day after he said it was time for the U.S. to "move on to bigger and better things." On Thursday, the Obama administration announced measures against Russia in response to cyberattacks during the presidential election. Putin responded by condemning the sanctions but said Russia will not retaliate. U.S. federal intelligence agencies have reported Russia was behind the wave of cyberattacks that shook up the presidential election, Politico notes, but some members of Trump's team have said the media and the Democratic Party's discussions of the attacks are efforts to delegitimize his incoming administration. Trump has said he would meet with intelligence officials next week "in order to be updated on the facts of this situation." - Stephanie

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Barack Obama

#BREAKING: SF Russian Consulate chef expelled under Obama's orders; "On New Year's Eve, we'll have to cook by ourselves," consul says. - @nbcbayarea



White House releases annual year-in-photos featuring US President Obama - Medium

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US President Obama to meet with lawmakers Wednesday in bid to shield Affordable Care Act from Republican bid to dismantle it - Politico

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Russia sanctions: 'Putin has become so emboldened that he authorized the harassment of US personnel in Russia and attempted to undermine American democracy by meddling in our election. I welcome the measures taken today to check Russian aggression and look forward to working with congressional leaders from both parties in the months ahead to strengthen these penalties, thoroughly investigate Russian efforts to undermine the U.S., and ensure that Putin and his cronies are held accountable for their actions'

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President-elect Trump aide Kellyanne Conway on Russian sanctions: 'Even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote "box in" President-elect Trump... That is not the way that peaceful exchanges work in this democracy' - CNN

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Editor's note: The sanctions President Obama ordered Thursday are against two Russian intelligence services as well as the head of GRU intelligence agency, Lt. Gen. Korobov, and three of his deputies, AP reports. Two Russian nationals, Alexei Belan and Yevgeny Bogachev, are also sanctioned and wanted by the FBI for cyber crimes. The Obama administration also announced it is shutting down compounds that have been used by Russian personnel and expelled 35 diplomats. The sweeping actions come just three weeks before the Trump administration takes office and are in retaliation for alleged hacking attacks meant to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, NBC News notes. Deputy U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner added that the actions against Russia are also in response "to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas." Russia has denied any involvement in the cyberattacks and President Putin called the decision for sanctions "groundless." - Stephanie

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Carl Paladino

Buffalo, NY, school board votes to ask state education commissioner to remove Carl Paladino if he doesn't resign following comments about Obamas - NBC New York

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Senior US official: President-elect Trump could 'hypothetically' undo Obama sanctions against Russia 'but it wouldn't make a lot of sense' - @markknoller

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Russian embassy in the UK tweets image of a duck, with the word 'lame' and says 'everybody ... will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration' following sanctions announcement - @RussianEmbassy

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Statement: President Obama on new sanctions against Russians: 'All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions. In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.' - @NBCNightlyNews

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More: US Dept. of Treasury says President Obama's new cyber-related sanctions designations against Russia allows for 'the imposition of sanctions on individuals and entities determined to be responsible for tampering, altering, or causing the misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions'

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US responds to election hacking with sanctions against Russian intel services, ejects 35 operatives - New York Times

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Carl Paladino

NY's Buffalo School Board to hold vote on resolution seeking to oust Carl Paladino from board following remarks about Obamas - Buffalo News

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President-elect Trump says he had 'very good talk' with President Obama, staffs are 'getting along very well' - Reuters

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Nevada, US

House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, calls President Obama's National Monument designations 'abuse of the Antiquities Act:' 'It is sad that this entire process has been done in secrecy and in shadows' - @markknoller

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White House: President Obama phoned President-elect Trump today, conversation focused on a 'smooth and effective transition' - CNBC

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