News Roundup 12/17/16

  • Trump picks South Carolina Congressman Mike Mulvaney to be Budget Director. Mulvaney is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, an advocate for not raising the debt ceiling, and has supported budgets that reduce government spending. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump’s choice for Ambassador to Israel is David Friedman. Friedman is opposed to a two-state solution and believes Israel should annex the West Bank. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Ben Swann points out 5 problems with the CIA’s assessment that Russia hacked the US election. [Link]
  • This article looked into the questionable methods Prop or Not used to compile its blacklist. [Link]
  • This article points out places where the Pentagon wasted money in 2016. The Pentagon spent another $11 billion on the F-35 project, $2 billion on LCS ships that continue to break down, and $13 billion on a aircraft carrier that is already two years behind schedule. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • In the South China Sea, a US Navy underwater drone was operating in international waters when Chinese military ships took the drone. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • At least 13 Turkish soldiers have been killed and over 50 injured in a car bombing in Turkey. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • About 8,000 civilians were evacuated from rebel-held Aleppo before the deal fell apart on Friday. A new deal was reached on Saturday to evacuate civilians from rebel-held Aleppo and a few other villages in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle

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