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Airtalk politics: Reaction to declassified Russia report, the latest on the border wall, and previewing Senate hearings on cabinet appointees

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the lobby after meeting with French businessman Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH, at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

We’re learning more about Russian hacking aimed at influencing the recent presidential election after a declassified version of the intel report given to the U.S. Intelligence Community was released on Friday.

It concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin was pulling the strings behind the cyber campaign which, according to the report, sought to discredit then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the hopes of propping up Donald Trump, Moscow’s preferred candidate. President-elect Trump and his transition team downplayed the report’s release.

President-elect Trump made news elsewhere when he said that Mexico would pay the U.S. back for building the border wall that was one of his biggest campaign promises. He says the money would come from his renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

We’ll also tackle the President-elect’s directive that all Obama-appointed foreign envoys must leave their posts by January 20th, Inauguration Day. In the past, envoys have been given grace periods to vacate their posts before new ambassadors are appointed. Plus, Senate confirmation hearings for Trump cabinet appointees begin this week, but some are concerned about the hearings beginning before background checks and ethics clearances have been completed.

Guests:

Lynn Vavreck, professor of political science at UCLA; she tweets @vavreck

John (Jack) Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College

Mary Louise Kelly, National Security Correspondent for NPR who’s been following the story

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