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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

Articles by Matt

A Republican congressman from New York was unfazed by reports that Russian-backed hackers sought to influence the election outcome and argued that emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and others were useful to voters because they revealed Democrats' “lies and deceit.”

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After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told reporters that he was skeptical of news stories about Russia’s role in hacking Democratic organizations and operatives during the election and trashed the anonymous intelligence community officials quoted in those reports.

He also told reporters that he'd suggested to Trump that he institute a nationwide program to monitor Muslim communities, similar to one in New York City that was discontinued in 2014 and is still embroiled in an ongoing legal battle.

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The Twitter account for the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom, @RussianEmbassy, has taken some pretty sharp and mocking jabs at the United States in recent weeks, a move characteristic of social media accounts run by and associated with Putin's government.

Most recently, it took aim Thursday at claims by U.S. intelligence officers that Russian-backed hackers attempted to affect the election in Donald Trump's favor by stealing emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the Democratic National Committee and others.

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