Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET Saturday with confirmation from the U.S. official and comments from Sen. Ron Wyden

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET Saturday with comments from Sen. Angus King

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR.

President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a "full review" of "malicious cyber activity" timed to U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.

The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign when China was found to have hacked both the Obama and McCain campaigns, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said at a Friday press briefing.

US-Russia Relations

Dec 6, 2016
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The United States and Russia have historically had a tense relationship. But President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have exchanged complimentary rhetoric seem to want to improve relations. Today, we discuss the future of US-Russia relations under a Trump administration.

At a news conference in Geneva late Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the beginnings of a peace plan for Syria, reports NPR's Alice Fordham.

Kerry was joined in the cease-fire announcement by Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister.

"The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe that Russia, and my colleague, have the capability to press the [Bashar] Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace," Kerry said.

The deal will be implemented at sundown on Monday, Lavrov said.

The vote on Sunday for Crimea to join the Russian Federation raises more questions than answers, said two political and history experts on All Sides with Ann Fisher. Sean Kay, director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University, said that Russia will now have to "own responsibility for the economy" of Crimea. He also predicted a swift exodus of capital from the already economically unstable region.

10:00 Russia has assumed control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, sending armed troops to the region to surround military posts. Meanwhile, the US has threatened to isolate Russia, and announced plans to aid Ukraine. This hour we'll talk about what these new developments mean for Russia and Ukraine and why the West is worried. Guests

Ukraine: Headed for Revolution?

Feb 20, 2014

10:00 am Last fall, anti-government protesters in Kiev took to the streets to voice opposition to Ukraine's decision not to sign a trade deal with the European Union. Those protests have been raging for months and have left dozens dead. This hour we'll talk about where the country is headed as pro-and anti-Russian factions continue to clash. Guests

If a scenario plays out that Team USA is eliminated from Olympic hockey, don’t be surprised to see a ton of midwesterners rooting for Russia in the Olympics. Why is that? 

10:00 The Olympics start on Friday, and Russia's already set a world record for the most expensive Olympics in history. But what has $50 billion built? This hour we'll talk about the tense social, economic and political climate looming over the games. Plus we'll gain some insight into Russia's recent anti-gay laws, and a long history of intolerance. Guests

US-Russian Relations

Aug 12, 2013

11:00 Tensions with Russia have been on the rise lately.  President Obama canceled a meeting with Vladmir Putin after Putin granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Some say the Russian anti-gay laws warrant a US boycott of the Sochi Olympics. Then there's clashes over Russia's involvement in Syria's civil war. This hour we'll trace the history of US-Russian relations, explore the future of a cold and bitter peace. Guests