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This Morning from CBS News, Dec. 14, 2016

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The Trump transition team says secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson is already a diplomat. As CEO of a huge global corporation, ExxonMobil, Tillerson has developed strong ties to more than 50 countries. His critics are focused on just one of them, however. We look at the potential obstacles for Tillerson’s confirmation by the Senate.

Big Oil man

Rex Tillerson has had only one job since graduating from college -- working at ExxonMobil. Now the energy giant CEO may well be poised to embark on a second career as America’s chief diplomat. We examine how the veteran oil man, chosen by President-elect Trump as his secretary of state, might alter U.S. energy policy if confirmed for the job.

Foes no more

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump attacked Goldman Sachs as epitomizing Wall Street’s toxic influence on Washington. Yet the bank once reviled as a “vampire squid” for its role in the 2008 financial crisis is again riding high, with the president-elect tapping current and former execs for key roles in his administration. What’s behind the revival of “Government Sachs?”

Nightmare not over

With thousands of people still trapped there, the Syrian regime resumed bombing rebels’ shrinking swath of Aleppo today after what had been a night of calm, quashing hopes that the brutal aerial bombardment might finally be over. Both sides blame each other for the resumption violence, but Syria’s dictator has shown he’s willing to claim victory by any means necessary.

Arctic blast

Millions of Americans face dangerous cold as Arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. Temperatures plunged overnight from Montana to the Great Lakes. The frigid blast comes before a a major storm takes aim at much of the country. It’s expected to deliver snow and ice from the Mountain West to the East Coast, starting Thursday.

Handling hacking

Will Rahn argues that Russia’s hacking of Democratic servers was an affront to U.S. sovereignty and it must be investigated by Congress -- but it didn’t deliver Donald Trump victory. He says all the facts, nonetheless, must be rooted out and made public, and if Trump is smart about it, Rahn says he’ll change his tune  and welcome such an investigation.  

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