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The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

The existence of a compromising Russian dossier on President-elect Donald Trump has been confirmed by multiple sources, BBC News revealed Wednesday. During a BBC 4 radio broadcast on Wednesday, Wood revealed that the former British spy was not the only source claiming to have knowledge that Russia is possession of sex tapes that could embarrass the president-elect. "The rumors or the allegations or whatever you want to call them have been circulating for a number of months now," Wood explained. "I saw the report, compiled by the former British intelligence officer, back in October. He is not, and this is the crucial thing, the only source for this." Wood said that he had been told by a member of the U.S. intelligence community that at least one East European intelligence service was aware "that the Russians had kompromat, or compromising material, on Mr. Trump." read more

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump, multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. read more

Meryl Streep delivered an emotional and searing speech at the Golden Globes, in which she criticized Donald Trump for imitating a disabled reporter while campaigning to be president, saying it "gives permission" to others to do the same. The actor was accepting the Cecil B DeMille award on the night, and she used her speech to speak about what she said was the "one performance this year that stunned [her]," referring to when Trump mocked the New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. "There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart," Streep said. "Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job." read more

For the first time since becoming president-elect, Donald Trump is holding a press conference and taking questions from reporters. This comes less than a day after explosive allegations were reported in the Washington Post and BuzzFeed about Russian intelligence agents believing they have blackmail material on Trump over lurid sex acts committed in a Russian hotel, a claim described in a former British intelligence officer's report and included in a U.S. intelligence briefing to the president and president-elect. read more

Paul Ryan faced some tough questions from audience members at a CNN town hall Thursday night, starting with a cancer patient who said ObamaCare saved his life. Jeff Jeans said he was a lifelong Republican and small business owner who had worked on the Reagan and Bush campaigns and was originally opposed to the Affordable Care Act. But he said at 49 he was diagnosed with cancer and given six weeks to live. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I'm standing here today alive," he said. "I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance. Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?" Ryan responded: "Oh, we wouldn't do that, we want to replace it with something better. First of all, I'm glad you're standing here." Jeans then took to the mic again to thank President Obama. "I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart, because I would be dead if it weren't for him," he said.

After Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) said that he's skipping the inauguration and said Donald Trump was not a "legitimate president," Trump threw an early-morning Twitter tantrum Saturday against Lewis. Lewis said, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don't plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I've been in Congress." Trump responded on Twitter, "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk -- no action or results. Sad!" read more

Jennifer Holliday has canceled her appearance at Donald Trump's inauguration event next week, calling her decision to perform a "lapse of judgement." In an open letter, provided exclusively to TheWrap, the "Dreamgirls" star apologized to the LGBT community, saying she was "uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans." The Tony and Grammy winner came under fire from some of her fans on Friday after it was announced that she was set to perform. read more

Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway faced a grueling interview today where she was confronted by one of the mogul's most enduring and controversial political moments. During Meryl Streep‘s fiery speech against the president-elect at the Golden Globes, she brought up the moment in the 2016 election where Trump seemed to crudely mock the disability of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. ... The two of them continued to spar as Cuomo pointed out Trump's actions, while Conway continued to insist that the mocking behavior was about Kovaleski "groveling." "Why don't you believe him? Why isn't it taken at face value?" Conway said in exasperation. "You can't give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he's telling you what was in his heart? You want to go with what's come out of his mouth rather than what's in his heart."

President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Joe Biden Thursday with a farewell tribute where he presented the vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "As one of his long-time colleagues in the senate who happened to be a Republican once said, 'if you can't admire Joe Biden as a person, you have got a problem.' He is as good a man as God ever created," Obama said. For the first time in his presidency he awarded the medal "with distinction" and noted that the last three presidents awarded this level to Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell. read more

After debating seven hours through the night, the Senate voted early Thursday to take the first real step toward repealing Obamacare -- a top goal of congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump. Senators voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that Republicans will use as a vehicle to speed through repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. House leaders plan to take it up Friday. Senators began voting on dozens of amendments to the resolution about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before passing the budget measure about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Republicans said the 2010 health care law is broken and must be repealed and replaced with something better -- although just what that replacement plan will look like has not yet been revealed by congressional leaders. read more


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