News With Ed -- December 12, 2016

Russian hack allegation undermines voting process in America
CIA claims “high confidence” that Russia manipulated the 2016 Presidential election in favor of Donald Trump; the Washington Post, recently embarrassed over its “media blacklist” and compelled to print a retraction, has helped to popularize the Democrats’ anti-Russian election narrative, even though their (unnamed) sources could point to “no specific intelligence” connecting Russia to Trump’s electoral victory. Alexey Yaroshevsky reports. Former State Department official Peter Van Buren warns us how retroactive questions over electoral legitimacy might “let the genie out of the bottle” and cause voting in America to lose its significance.

From Mosul to Palmyra: ISIS regrouping in ancient Syrian city 
Islamic State militants that escaped the battle of Mosul in Iraq have mounted a new offensive against the Syrian city of Palmyra. To discuss, former US diplomat Jim Jatras joins “News with Ed” and says, “It looks suspicious that ISIS has been given the opportunity to regroup.”