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AirTalk politics: Watching as Electoral Colleges casts its votes, and next steps for US as we learn more about possible Russian election influence

HARRISBURG, PA - DECEMBER 19:   Donald Trump protestors demonstrate outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building before electors arrive to cast their votes from the election at December 19, 2016 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Electors from all 50 states cast votes today in their respective state capitols.  Donald J. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1%, the first Republican to carry the state since George H. W. Bush 1992.  (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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Donald Trump protesters demonstrate outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building before electors arrive to cast their votes from the election at December 19, 2016 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 538 men and women who make up the Electoral College began voting around 7am Pacific Time Monday morning on one of the most politically significant days for President-elect Donald Trump since he won the November 8th general election.

The 538 men and women who make up the Electoral College began voting around 7am Pacific Time Monday morning on one of the most politically significant days for President-elect Donald Trump since he won the November 8th general election.

Most will be voting the same way that the results came out in their state on Election Day, though the divisiveness of this year’s contest and lingering dismay among some due to its outcome has caused some to call for electors to buck the trend and vote against Donald Trump. However, it would take 37 of these ‘faithless electors,’ as they’re called, to deny Trump the 270 electoral votes he needs for the presidency and it is highly unlikely that scenario would present itself.

We’re also following along as U.S. intelligence officials work to connect the dots between the hack into DNC emails and links to Russian hacking aimed at tilting the presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. President Obama has said that the U.S. will respond to Russia at a time and place of our choosing. Russia, meanwhile, is downplaying the accusations, saying that the U.S. should show some proof or stop pointing fingers.

Guests:

Steve Shepard, Editor of the POLITICO Caucus & Chief Polling Analyst

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets

Paris Dennard, Republican political analyst and former staffer for President George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee; he tweets

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