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Matt Rourke / AP

In the latest episode of HuffPost's "Candidate Confessional" podcast, Hillary Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri told the hosts she tried to feed the Russia hacking story to reporters during the 2016 campaign, but they didn't really care, focusing instead on Hillary's emails and the DNC leaks:

"It was so surreal. I felt as if I had been catapulted into another dimension where we would have these surreal conversations about the Russians and Trump and Mike Flynn and Carter Page and Donald Trump Jr. saying, 'We're really invested in Russia.' And no one in the press really cared."

On the other hand:

Trump and his team have accused the press of overplaying and even making up the Russia collusion story. The press wrote numerous stories on the DNC hacks, although Palmieri claimed the focus was on the contents of the emails, not on Russia's suspected role.

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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