National News Archives for 2017-01

Trump Shrugs at Unpopularity in 'rigged' Polls

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is shrugging off polls that show him with low approval ratings.

 

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The president-elect tweeted early Tuesday, "The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before."

 

A new GenForward poll shows that young Americans are more likely to expect they'll be worse off than better off after four years of a Donald Trump presidency.

 

Young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans are particularly concerned, while young whites are more evenly divided.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

 

The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.

 

Americans aged 18 to 30 are far more likely to think Trump will divide than unite the country, by a 60 percent to 19 percent margin.

 

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Putin Says US Administration Trying to Undermine Trump

 

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations.

 

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Putin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect" despite his "convincing" victory.

 

He said some now want to "stage a Maidan in Washington," in reference to the alleged U.S. role in organizing protests in the main square of the Ukrainian capital, which chased the nation's Russia-friendly president from power in 2014.

 

Asked about a dossier alleging Trump's sexual activities at a Moscow hotel, Putin dismissed it as "fake" and charged that people who ordered it are "worse than prostitutes." Trump has rejected the allegations as "fake news" and "phony stuff."

 

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UPDATE: Official: Trump briefed on potentially compromising report

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is calling it a political witch hunt. When top intelligence officials met last week with Trump, they told him about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. That's according to a U.S. official who asked to remain anonymous.

 

Shortly after news reports were published about the briefing, Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"

 

A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin is denying the allegations, saying reports of such information are "complete fabrication and utter nonsense."

 

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is finally holding a news conference six months after his last one, held when he was plunging into a heated general election campaign with Hillary Clinton.

 

Nearly six months and a campaign victory later, the president-elect will finally step before reporters again Wednesday to face questions about what role he believes Russia played in the election year hacking of Democratic groups — interference the intelligence community says was intended to help the Republican defeat Clinton. Trump has challenged that assessment.

 

At a late morning news conference in the Trump Tower lobby, the president-elect is also expected to face questions about how he plans to disentangle himself from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business.

 

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President Obama Makes Final Address

 

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama says, "The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody," but he says his faith in America has only been strengthened over the past eight years.

 

 

Obama delivered a farewell address to the nation Tuesday night in Chicago.

 

In less than two weeks, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the new president and Obama will become a private citizen.

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States re-examine cybersecurity after alleged Russian hack

 

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Several states around the country are asking cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility's laptop was found to contain malware that U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers.

 

The Burlington Electric Department, one of Vermont's two largest electric utilities, confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name the U.S. government has given to malicious cyber activity by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.

 

A Burlington Electric Department spokesman says federal officials have told the company the threat was not unique to them.

 

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security would not say on Saturday whether any other utilities, organizations or entities had reported similar malware on their systems following the report. The official says any such information would be confidential.

 

Officials in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut said they are more closely monitoring state and utility networks for anything suspicious.

 

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Trump says 'no computer is safe'

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says that "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private.

 

Trump spoke to reporters briefly before his annual New Year's bash at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

He says that, if you have something important, you should "write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I'll tell you what — no computer is safe. I don't care what they say."

 

Trump has been reluctant to accept allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the U.S. election through hacking.

 

Trump says that he knows a lot about hacking and that it's "a very hard thing to prove."

 

Hundreds of club members and their guests are joining Trump to ring in the new year.

 

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New Year's Eve Revelers Ring in 2017

 

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 1 million revelers have rung in the new year in Times Square screaming and kissing as the glittering crystal ball dropped.

 

New Year's Eve revelers began to fill Times Square hours before midnight. They braved cold temperatures and strong winds at the Crossroads of the World to greet 2017 amid heavy police protection.

 

New York City's police commissioner says more than 7,000 officers worked to secure the city during New Year's Eve celbrations..

 

Commissioner James O'Neill says everyone should feel safe, especially in Times Square, where perhaps and million or more revelers gathered to watch the crystal ball drop and ring in 2017.

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) pushed the Waterford crystal button to begin the 60-second countdown to 2017, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh). Merrymakers cheered, hugged and kissed as the clock struck 12 and 2016 was in the books.

 

Police say there were no specific, credible terror threats against the city. But police say they were prepared — including lining the Manhattan streets near the celebration with sanitation trucks filled with sand to prevent any attempts to drive into crowds.

 

O'Neill also says the NYPD redeployed some specialized units in other parts of the city after learning about the deadly attack at nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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