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issue. for me, this is a moral issue, where i am concerned about our freedoms being in danger. >> in coming just days after it was announced the legendary new york city rockettes would be performing at the inauguration in an interview with marryclaire.com. a majority said no immediately and a percentage that said yes. the dancers union ultimately deciding that participation will be voluntary. madison square gardens said, we had more rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. >> it is not about the big names but about the american people. that's who will be represented all over this inaugural. we have such an outpouring of support of positivity from all over this country. it has been truly humbling. >> jean casarez, cnn, new york. > thank you so much for being
with me today. have a great new year's celebration. the next hour of the "cnn newsroom" starts right now with suzanne malveaux in washington. >> i'm suzanne malveaux in washington for poppy harlow. you are looking at live pictures of dubai where fireworks are ringing in the new years. we are going to take you live to times square in new york city where, as expected, security is tight and the party people are already lining up. we want to begin with a new hacking attempt from russia. this time against an electric company in vermont. this is burlington electric says that malicious malware has been discovered on one of its laptops and u.s. authorities believe it is the same malware that russian hackers used to meddle in the presidential election. in a statement saying, quote,
vermonters and all americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world's leading thugs, vladmir putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid. the episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of russian meddling. that strong condemnation comes as the president-elect offers anything but. instead, donald trump's relationship appears to be growing friendlier with vladmir putin. trump tweeting, great move on delay by v. putin. i always knew he was very smart. i am going to bring in our polo sandoval. polo, first of all, u.s. officials believe that russia is behind this new intrusion. why? what is the proof? >> suzanne, there is at least one reason for u.s. officials to suspect russian involvement in this latest cyberthreat.
that's because burlington electric, the utility company caught in the middle of all of this right now, they are reporting that they discovered what is commonly described or called grizzly step on one of the laptop computers. that's that malware code that was supposedly used by russian hackers during the dnc hack. not connected directly to the power grid. they believe the power grid, their customer's information was not compromised. that's according to this electric company. this is really begging a closer look. this was initially discovered after the obama administration and the department of homeland security had issued an advisory, a warning for several of these kinds of companies. not just utilities companies but other entities as well, to take a closer look at their network and try to discover any potential vulnerabilities. this is leading to serious
questions, who is involved. my colleague, jim sciutto, spoke to one government official that said, it is still too early to determine what the scope and the intent is. another key question, suzanne, was this an isolated incident? >> polo, thank you so much. we want to get straight to moscow for the reaction there. senior int international correspondent, matthew chance, is joining us live. can we talk about that? do we think this is an isolated incident? do we think this is, in fact, related or connected to the kremlin? what is their reaction to this? >> first of all, there has been no reaction to it here. it has been the new year holiday and everyone has gone absolutely quiet, particularly after the flurry of diplomatic activity and speeches that we saw over the last few hours with the exception of the vladmir putin speech. whether it is connected with the russians, u.s. intelligence believe this type of software is connected with the russians.
the political institutions inside the united states as well. so i'm sure that same analysis stands for this, which is why we are talking about this. so, yes, obviously, this is going to complicate the situation for donald trump potentially. i think that's one of the consequence frs russi consequences from the russian point of view on this. it is going to complicate the situation for donald trump. he wants to take office and build bridges with russia. it is something that vladmir putin, the russian president, wants very much as well. donald trump faces a lot of headwinds in the united states from within his own party and from within congress in general. this suspected russian hacking through this electricity company is going to make that process of changing u.s. policy towards russia even more difficult for donald trump. >> matthew, thank you so much. obviously, the republicans on the hill believe that further sanctions against russia are necessary. they are going to have the hearings in the comings weeks
and president-elect donald trump has not responded specifically to this new threat inpli katimp russia. he is insisting that the u.s. should move on. ryan nobles is in washington with more. let's talk about this latest threat has nothing to do with the election but certainly with the infrastructure. i would imagine there is a lot of concern about that and do we expect that washington officials think that trump might take a tougher stand learning more about this latest hack and that it is, in fact, connected there is no doubt, suzanne, that that is going to raise some new questions, obviously until this point. >> that is something that donald trump did not want to bring any attention to. he did not want to open the door
to the idea his election was tainted by the russian government. there has been no indication that donald trump is going to change his position when it comes to russian attempts to get involved in the united states in many different ways. he has been so complimentary of russia and president vladmir putin in particular, just releasing a statement a couple of days ago where he suggested that we needed to move on from this particular topic. now, trump has said repeatedly that he would like a warmer relation with the russian government. he said that often on the campaign trail. we are going to have to wait and see if this chanlges the dynami a bit. we are not just talking about an election, something in the past. we are talking about a potential threat in the future. we know the president-elect is going to meet with some of these top intelligence officials later this week. that's where we should expect some pointed questions about this new information, whether or not it leads to some sort of pointed public statement by the
president-elect as it relates to russia. we are going to have to wait and see, suzanne. >> i wonder if he will be paying attention to president-elect donald trump's information separate from his own personal briefing. >> it will be difficult to ignore it. it is going to be a very public hearing by john mccain's city, the senate armed services committee. one of the interesting points is that it will be with the new congress that will have only been sworn in three days before when it actually takes place. there are going to be some important people there. james clapper, who is, of course, the director of national intelligence, will bespeak as will mike rogers, who is the director of the national security agency. this is going to be an opportunity for members of congress to ask very pointed questions about this controversy. a lot of it has been done
through leaked reports in the media. we haven't actually heard from the intelligence officials themselves. members of trump's administration, his transition has said, why doesn't the intelligence committee come forward with concrete evidence that links russia to this alleged hack. perhaps those are the questions we are going to hear later this week when that hearing takes place. >> the irony is that donald trump is going to get more details and more information in his private briefing than we are going to hear in public with senators mccain and members of congress. it will be interesting to citi how trump reacts to that because he essentially will have more information than the rest of us, all of us. i appreciate your perspective. we are also looking ahead this hour. it is a cat and mouse game between return ya aussia and th states. we are going to talk to the former director of the cia. plus, it is no secret that russian spies have infiltrated american society.
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official stress, this is all precautionary, because they haven't gotten any credible threats. joining us now from times square right below where that ball is going to drop, our own jessica snyder. so, tell us how the recent terror attacks in europe, how are they informing the security efforts here in the united states and specifically where you are, where there are so many people who want to party. >> a lot of people who want to party. the nypd has enacted enhanced security measures for the 2 million people expected here. you can take a look around. you can see all of these barricades. that is just one of the many security measures here. everyone who comes in here, their bags are searched. they are also wanted. they go through security screening and in addition to that, the nypd new this year has enacted 65 sanitation trucks that will be on the perimeter of times square. they extend over to 8th avenue. they will be filled with sand. those act as protective barriers
to prevent any attack that could occur. there is no credible threat to times square and new york city. the nypd has stressed that. 100 other protective vehicles will be out here and others throughout this city. the important part out here. they are the crowds out here. they have been gathered an lining up all morning long. in fact, we have jamie, jennifer and pam. did i get that right. they have been here very early. what time did you guys get here to get these spots? >> 10:30 this morning. we did. we got here out of the hotel about 10:30. >> reporter: a long day for you guys. more than 12 hours. here is the mom. was this on the bucket list or did your daughters have to convince snu. >> this was on the bucket list. this was their christmas present. >> reporter: how have you been faring? it has been about five years with a lot more to go. >> we are just hanging out, watching the people and loving every minute of it. >> reporter: that's kind of the
atmosphere you get out here. people are cold. people have been out here a while. people are happy about it. they have all gone through the security measures. the ball drops down there, 42nd street. the crowds extend to 59th street. they are in these protective pens. once they are in, they have to stay here. these guys are hearty troops. my favorite part of new year's eve and times square are the glasses. these are my favorite part. i get them every year. happy new year. >> that's awesome. love the glasses there. it is great. that's a bucket list item. everybody has to do it at least once in their life if they can. >> all those folks are out there and out there kind of early. given all that security and long lines, how late could somebody arrive for tonight if they wanted to enjoy it and still get in. >> people are still strtricklinn
here. that's the ball down there. if you go this way, it extends for about ten more blocks. i have actually been out here once. it was many years ago. i got here as late as 9:00. if you want a prime spot, you will probably have to come in the next hour or two. if you want to get around the perimeter, you can get here a little bit later. these people have been camped out for hours now. people lining up as early as 7:00,8:00 a.m. you talked to one group from florida. they were here at 7:00 a.m. if you want to get here, you should probably get here very soon. things are tightening up and closing up for that big show at midnight. s suzanne. >> how cold is it out there? i see you are all bundled up. is it freezing? how are you doing? >> it is not bad. it could be a lot worse. it is about 42 degrees out here. that's pretty good. a bit of wind, a bit of a chill. it is amazing how hearty these people are. i'm a bit chilly. they are the ones standing here. >> we'll hang in there. we'll be with you every hour.
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kerry called netanyahu's government the most right wing coalition in american history. i want to bring in sara sidner who is joining us. britain approved the u.n. security council resolution. explain to us why it was that the prime minister panned kerry's speech. >> reporter: there have been a lot of speculations about why she did it, whether to cozy up to the next u.s. administration or not. i want to give you an idea of
what she said and how the state department responded, essentially kerry responded. here is what british prime minister, teresa may said. britain voted for the u.n. while the united states objeabstained. >> she said -- after john kerry had said this is the most right wing leaning government that israel has ever had talking about netanyahu's government and the coalition that supported him. the state department did respond with surprise, mind you, stating that, look, you also voted for this resolution. this is nothing new for britain. talking about settlement and that they are an impediment to
peace. here is what the state department said. we're surprised by the uk prime minister's statement given that secretary kerry's remarks which covered the full range of threats to a two-stage solution including terrorism, violence, insichlt a insi incitements and settlement were in line with the u.s.'s own long standing policy and its vote at the united nations last week. that really angered israel and its leadership, particularly benjamin netanyahu who was furious. he made some strong statements to some of the other countries as well, basically saying to new zealand if you vote for this, this is considered an act of war. you know this, the relationship between the united states, israel and britain, for that matter, is very strong. they are very strong allies no
matter what you are hear frg each ing from each of the leaders. suzanne? >> sara sidner, thank you so much. appreciate it. sara is right, many have tried but fail today bring peace to the israelis and palestinians. president-elect trump says he is going to solve the problem by making the ultimate deal. what are the chances that he will actually succeed? our own orin lieberman is reporting. >> a new political day on the middle east on january 20th. >> very, very strong initiative. i think israel has been treated very, very unfairly by a lot of different people. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump says he can do what no president has done in half a century, solve the israeli/palestinian conflict calling it the ultimate deal and suggesting his jewish
son-in-law, jared kushner, may be part of the plan. trump tweeting the recent israeli vote. he has promised to move the u.s. embassy from tel-aviv to jerusalem. welcomed by israel. condemned by the palestinians. coming as relations between prime minister benjamin netanyahu and president barack obama are as bad as ever. the obama administration led talks about israelis and palestinians in 2010 and again in 2013. the last round of negotiations led by secretary of state john kerry broke down. two months later. israel and gaza were at war. the region descended into another round of violence late
last year. it was the closest abbas and netanyahu had come to talking publicly in years. we will find if president-elect trump can change that. >> president-elect donald trump brings an outsiders perspective, that of a businessman, not a politician. maybe, just maybe, that's exactly what the conflict needs. presidents that have handled or worked on the conflict have done so generally with more sensitivity than trump has shown. either way, trump will have his chance in just under three weeks. warren lieberman, cnn, jerusalem. they pose as every day americans. but don't be fooled. >> what they do is more than just collect but they try to influence events to the benefit of russia all over the world. this is something that they have done for decades.
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president-elect donald trump's praise for vladmir putin, a long-time u.s. adversary is irritating some republicans that believe that russia needs to be punished more for its attempt to meddle in the u.s. election. his latest shoutout came after putin decided to not retaliate against the u.s. for sanctions obama unveiled. trump tweeting, great move on delaet by delay by v. putin. i always knew he was very smart. >> when you attack a country, it is an act of war. we have to make sure there is a price to pay so that we can
perhaps persuade the russians to stop this kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy. >> let's talk more about this, unpack this with ambassador, james hallcy, former c.i.a. director under president clinton, a lifelong adviser. a senior adviser to trump's campaign. >> ambassador, can you hear me? ambassador, can you hear me? >> hello. >> hello. ambassador, this is suzanne malveaux. can you hear me? >> her voice is very faint. >> i think we are going to take a break, a quick break. we are having some sound problems with the ambassador. we are going to get right to him after the break. we will correct that and see you on the other side.
trump's campaign. i apologize, ambassador, for the sound problem there. let's talk about trump's long-term strategy regarding pew tip. we have heard so many statements from trump that says he does not believe in the u.s. intelligence that has been presented to him so far, that russia was behind the hacking that potentially influenced the election. you have spoken with him and the transition team. what is behind the skepticism? >> i don't know. i think there was some questions. certainly, the fbi was on one side, the cia on the other and so forth, with respect to that hacking. but i don't think these same questions are going to arise with the recent hacking of the system in vermont, the utility. that looks very troubling to me. i've been studying and working on this issue for 10 or 12 years
now. i don't think the same kind of questioning is going to come up because of the nature of the ha ha hardwear or software that they have found. that is extremely dangerous. the russians have hacked successfully into ukraine and georgia's electric grid. this is some of the same software and hoaardware that th used in those hackings. the grid isn't just a matter of convenience. it's a front on which one can conduct a symmetric warfare and the russians like that and they are doing it. that means if you take down the electricity part of the infrastructure, you have taken down water purification, food deliveries and so on. this is a very big deal and ought to be treated as such.
>> ambassador, a couple questions following up on that. how close did they get to disrupting the electric grid. i know it was not actually connected to the electric grid. you say, this is very dangerous. do you see the potential for them actually disrupting the electricity, the power system in our country, first of all, that russia could do that. secondly, do you think in light of that that donald trump will take this more seriously than he has the hacking of the election. >> i'm not going to speak for him but it is a different issue than what we were facing back with respect to the republicans and democrats and getting e-mails and so forth. this is a world class problem with respect to the grid. the electric companies have not been helpful. their lob whibyists have workedd to keep them from doing what is necessary in fixing the grid. the vulnerabilities are
substantial. this is some of the same type of software and hardware that was used against ukraine. so this is a wakeup call. people should treat it as such, not as a political issue involving children's parties at the kremlin or any of that. that's way down the list of importance. >> will you make that message clear to donald trump? you have his ear or you have the ear of his transition team. will you tell him, this is very different, very serious than some of the incompetent tell genera intelligence he has from the elections. >> i have worked for two democrats, four republicans. i have never told anybody what they say to me but i will say my view, and i will express it to anyone that wants to hear it, that that is an extremely dangerous and difficult situation and we have to go to general quarters, as they would say in the navy, right away and
get the resilience of our electric grid, specially, fixed. it requires presidential leadership, president obama has given zero leadership on this issue for the last eight years. this would be something that any president would need to focus on. >> i want to ask a specific question and we will move on here. what can president-elect donald trump do? you say the electric companies have resisted those safeguard that are put in place. can he force that? is that something that can be done through executive orders or is that something that has to go through congress? >> there is legislation pending that several leading members of the congress have pushed and that has only one bill has passed. there is a lot more to do. there are several very able congressmen and senators who have this issue in their sights and have been work tog get the legislative authorities changed so we can take action.
so far, only one bill has passed and it makes a start but it is not nearly enough. >> let's talk a little bit about trump and some of his statements here. i want to read a tweet. this is from a former cia analyst who says that as a cia officer, if i had a colleague talking pl talking like trump is about putin, i would think he was turned. ambassador, if you heard somebody in the cia, an officer, lavishing praise on putin in a similar fashion that trump has, would that raise eyebrows? would you suspect or believe that there was something that was sus pishcious about that? >> it depends on what the russians are doing. i have negotiating with trem in four sets of negotiations from 1968 through 1991. on tli hree of those negotiatio
they were stubborn, can t cantanchorus. i had one in '80, '89, '91, they worked carefully, they were thorough, they were reasonable. they negotiated tit for tat and we made compromises. we worked out what i think was a very fine treaty that's now been cat ter manded by mr. putin. anyone who has talked to me in the three years i was negotiating with the still then soviets, i would have said something very much like what donald trump has said, which is that we are working with them well. things are going well, et cetera. it depends on what the russians are doing. they can either behave reasonably and give us all a reason to want to work with them or they can behave unreasonably such as by using cyberwar to
attack our electric grid. >> the last thing that putin has done is, of course, he says he is going to delay any kind of response regarding obama's sanctions here. other intelligence analysts who say they believe he is trying to pretend he is santa claus here but at the same time he didn't expel those u.s. spies in russia, because it would be a lot of work to expel them. they already know pretty much where they go, what they do, what kind of conversations they have, what they are eating. if you got rid of them in retaliation, they would have to start all over with another group of american spies. this is a very unique and smart strategy on putin's part, that he is really playing trump. do you think that's true? >> i think it is shrewd on his part but not particularly for that reason. i think the main thing by inviting american children to the party in the kremlin, by not requiring a withdrawal of some
35 americans from russia and so forth, i think he is attempting to look very reasonable like someone you can work with, et cetera. there may be an element of truth in some aspects of that. mainly, he is being quite clever. he is playing chess and we look like we are still sitting there trying to play checkers. >> thanks you so much, ambassador for your analysis. james hoelsey. the governor of vermont is not mincing any words, calling russian president, vladmir putin, one of the world's leading thugs. how much pressure is president obama under to take a tougher stance against russian hacks. we're going to take you live to honolulu up next. ours before ki, not a single player is dressed, the officiating crew haven't even left their homes, but this man is here. wooooo! and like mr. punctual here, courtyard is all about the game.
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it comes one day after president obama announced brand new sanctions against russia and while republicans in congress are fully supporting the sanctions. the president-elect's team is calling foul. they insist the sanctions are nothing more than a way to box in donald trump. i want to bring in our athena jones in honolulu where the president is spending the holidays. obama has just three weeks left in the white house. what more could we expect from president barack obama regarding the hacking. >> we know, suzanne, when the white house announced the steps it was taking publicly, this public announcement of sanctions, they also said there will be other steps. announced moves are not the sum total of our response. we expect everyone to be covert, actions taking place, things that won't be announced, things we might not ever hear about. one more thing that will happen publicly, remember the review. the president has asked for. he has asked his intelligence
community to put together, not only into this latest hacking by russia into this election but also previous militia cyberactivity affecting previous elections. we expect that report to come out and be presented before the president leaves office. suzanne. >> athena, it looks gorgeous out there. happy holidays to you. for decades, they have been planted all around us, russian spies. the goal to influence events to benefit russia. our cnn pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, is taking a closer look. >> fbi cameras captured russian operative, anna chapman and a federal undercover agent meet ng a new york coffee shop in june, 2010. 17 days later, chapman and nine other russian sleeper agents were arrested in new york, new jersey, and virginia, charged with conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of russia, spies who had burrowed deep in
american society. they had watched them for months recording dropoffs of packages and meetings on staircases. even one meeting just yards from cnn's offices in new york. the u.s. believes the group never got its hands on classified information but the russian infiltration into the u.s., a classic moscow move. >> what they do is more than just collect. they actually try fluns events to the benefit of russia all over the world. this is something they have done for decades. >> reporter: within days at the airport in vienna, an elaborately core rio graphed transfer. the ten russians traded back for four other russians charged with being in touch with western intelligence services. now, the state department is expelling 35 russian officials it says violated their
diplomatic status, this, after the u.s. xlclaim of interferenc in the presidential election and harassment of u.s. diplomats overseas. vladmir putin, a former russian intelligence officer, well acquainted with the so-called illegals programs, putting agents into u.s. society. >> the fact that they would continue to do that to establish these american legends and cover stories for these people that are trying to pose as americans in the united states shows how serious they are. >> reporter: the u.s. has also been caught in the act. in 2013, ryan fogle, a political secretary at the u.s. embassy in moscow, was arrested. the russians claimed they caught him with wigs, dark glasses and cash trying to recruit a russian agent. fogle was expelled. it was never clear if he was set up by the russians. earlier this year, a u.s. diplomat was tackled and beaten
by a russian officer. >> the action was unprovoked. >> the u.s. wound up expelling two russian diplomats. this type and movies for years but the reality can be vicious and very dangerous. barbara star, cnn, the pentagon. all right. stop me if you've heard any of these before -- >> when they go low, we go high. >> david duke endorsed me? okay. all right. i disavow. okay? >> come on, man. >> those are just some of the phrases that made political headlines this year. ahead we're going to take a look at the top ten political stories of 2016. you're live in the "cnn newsroom."
down the top ten political stories of 2016. ♪ >> this year everything we thought we knew about politics was turned on its head. political attacks, e-mail hacks and several cracks in the glass ceiling made for an unparalleled race between the first female major party nominee and a billionaire political outsider, president trump will soon take office but first let's look back at our top ten political stories of 2016. number ten, conservative supreme court justice antonin scalia died suddenly in february. >> everything is on the line. >> and in an unprecedented move republicans vowed to block any high court appointments until after the presidential election. >> simply to turn your back before the president even names a nominee is not an option the constitution leaves open. >> judge merrick garland was
nominated in march but never even had a hearing. >> number nine -- >> you want to give me a good sendoff? go vote. >> in their final presidential year the obamas hit the campaign trail. >> when they go low, we go high. >> with more catch phrases. >> come on, man. >> and less restraint. >> donald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. >> but a different tone after the democratic defeat. >> if you succeed then the country succeeds. >> number eight. >> i beat everybody. i beat the hell out of them. >> donald trump won the republican nomination but struggled to win over the party. republican leaders distanced themselves. >> will you support him? >> i'm just not ready to do that. >> but will the party now unify around president trump? >> we're going to hit the ground running. >> number seven, trump's unvarnished campaign attracted extremist support. >> i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy. >> he was slow to denounce white
supremacists. >> david duke endorsed me. okay. all right. i disavow. okay? >> and his controversial rhetoric on race continued. >> this judge is of mexican heritage. i'm building a wall. >> even targeting the judge in his university fraud case. >> if you are saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? >> no, i don't think so at all. >> number six, the conventions. >> the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. >> hillary clinton made history in philadelphia and a gold star family made trump an offer. >> have you even read the united states constitution? i will gladly lend you my copy. >> in cleveland melania trump's speech was familiar. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that you work hard for what you want in life. >> and senator cruz refused to endorse the nominee. >> vote your conscious.
>> number five, trump's past went public. there was a former miss universe feud. >> he called her miss piggy. >> he responded with a link to her past. >> you sent out a series of tweets including one that told people to check out a sex tape. >> then a crude video of trump. he brushed it aside. >> this was locker room talk. >> but nearly a dozen assault accusers said it went further than words. >> his hands started going towards my knee and up my skirt. >> trump denied the allegations and said he would sue. >> number four, senator bernie sanders built a huge movement. >> we are actually listening to the american people not the 1%. but was the system rigged against outsiders? >> secretary clinton received about 450 super delegates before anybody else was in the race. >> bernie or bust protesters crowded the convention. >> you're being ridiculous.
>> and refused to vote for clinton. >> number three, democrats were hacked. >> they are under attack. >> schoolen e-mails from the dnc revealed bias against sanders, forcing the party chair to resign. >> no questions in my mind the dnc was in opposition to our campaign. >> u.s. intelligence points to russian cyber attacks. >> our goal continues to be to send a clear message to russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you. >> number two. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> the fbi recommended no charges for clinton's use of a private e-mail server. still, the issue was gold for republicans. >> she's guilty as hell. >> she tried to quell concerns. >> my e-mails are so boring. >> but the fbi announced they discovered new ones just before election day. >> it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue.
>> the trove contained nothing new but the damage was done. >> number one. >> hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the race. >> donald trump won the white house. >> the campaign unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime. >> i love this country. >> as protesters took to the streets, secretary clinton bowed out. >> we have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. >> now a captain of billionaires, outsiders and military men will join trump for an era of who knows what. >> those were our top ten political stories of this year. the question is who and what will top the list next year. jake tapper, cnn, washington. top of the hear. i'm in for poppy harlow.
you're live in the "cnn newsroom." we begin with a potential new hacking attempt from russia, this time against a vermont company in vermont. burlington electric says malicious malware has been discord on one of its laptops and u.s. authorities believe it is the same malware russian hackers used to meddle in the presidential election. vermont's governor already taking a hard line stance saying in a statement, quote, vermonters and all americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world's leading thugs, vladimir putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid. this episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of russian meddling. the strong condemnation comes as the president elect offers anything but. instead donald trump's relationship with russian leader vladimir putin appears to only be growing friendlier with trump praising putin's response to new u.s. sanctions.