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Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russian government-owned Sputnik News is coming to the D.C. airwaves after taking over an FM radio frequency.

Mindia Gavasheli, Sputnik's Washington bureau chief, said the move was made to rebut the "constant attacks" against Sputnik in U.S. media: "We hope that our entrance onto the Washington market is just the first step, and will strive to ensure that more and more people are able to hear our broadcasts instead of rumors about them."

It's not just the media that has labeled Sputnik a propaganda outlet. U.S. intelligence officials have testified that the group played a role in the Kremlin's efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton and promote Donald Trump in 2016.

An FCC spokesman said there does not appear to be a license transfer involved in the programming change, so the FCC would not need to be notified.

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Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.