Russians hack energy company that played major role in Trump Ukraine scandal

(CNN)Russian military hackers have successfully infiltrated the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, according to cybersecurity researchers. CNN has reached out to the Russian Embassy in Washington for comment but has not yet received a response. It is unclear what information the hackers sought or how deeply Burisma may have been compromised. A cybersecurity expert speaking to CNN about the situation said this was likely not the first time Russian operators have hacked Burisma, adding that Russian hackers are very aggressive in their cyberefforts inside Ukraine. But in light of Burisma’s role in the unfolding political saga — in which Trump pushed Ukrainian officials …

First on CNN: More than a dozen Saudi servicemen to be expelled from US after review of December shooting at Naval Air Station

(CNN)More than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at US military installations will be expelled from the United States after a review that followed the deadly shooting last month at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, multiple sources told CNN. About a dozen Saudi trainees at the Pensacola base had been confined to their quarters as the FBI investigated the shooting as a potential terror attack, and the Pentagon initiated a review of all Saudi military trainees in the country, numbering around 850 students. The Justice Department is expected to conclude that the Pensacola shooting was in fact an act of terrorism, according to a US official. No co-conspirators have been charged as part of the investigation, and the Saudi …

Why Trump killed Santa and other stocking chillers | Stewart Lee

After years of selfless giving, Father Christmas finally got what was coming to him Few hearts can have been left unbroken on Friday night, when footage emerged of President Donald Trump triumphantly celebrating the killing of Father Christmas by American military forces on Boxing Day. My children were in floods of tears as we watched a clearly aroused Trump make the following televised statement, sitting beneath a sumptuously decorated Christmas tree at his 2016, to abandon his traditional Christmas Eve practice of distributing free toys to all the children in the world. According to Trump, the jobs of millions of hardworking Americans were at risk, and there was a serious reduction of toy-generated retail revenue in the American economy because …

Biden, ‘The Irishman’ and the enduring power of aging white men

Washington (CNN)Joe Biden this week had a tense exchange with an audience member during an Iowa town hall who had asserted, among other things, that the former vice president is “too old” to helm the White House. The former, directed by Quentin Tarantino, charts a man’s shaggy journey as he comes to terms with the fact that he’s become a pop-cultural relic. And the latter, by Martin Scorsese, is a machismo-fueled gangster epic about how life wears you down. The two films are thoughtful reckonings with aging, specifically with the atrophying of a certain, narrow performance of manhood and the attendant anxieties of that decline. Both also shine a light on the rigorous reflection that often doesn’t happen in the …