1. Russia sanctions
This is the first time the names of Russian officials involved in the hacking have become public on the sanctions list.
Obama also said in a separate statement that 35 Russian diplomats have been ordered to leave the country, and two Russian compounds are being closed under Thursday’s actions.
“I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think computers have complicated our lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. And we have speed and a lot of things and I’m not kind the security that you need. And I have not spoken with the senators and I will certainly will be over a period of time,” Trump said.
2. Arctic drilling ban
3. Middle East peace process
4. Obamacare enrollment push
5. New national monuments
6. Closing national registry
7. Gitmo transfers
8. Pardons and commutations
Obama action: Obama has reduced the sentences for more than 1,000 non-violent drug criminals and pardoned more than a hundred more. It’s part of an effort to instill fairness in the criminal justice system and bring existing sentences into line with current standards. Obama’s top lawyer has said the President will continue using his powers in his final weeks in office.
9. Farewell address
Obama’s expected focus: Like past presidents, Obama is expected to deliver a formal farewell address before he leaves office. Widely expected to take place in Chicago, Obama could use the speech to push back against what he’s warned is a tribalistic and isolationist streak.