5 things for Monday, December 19: Drones, hacks and votes

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(CNN)Today's the day for the Electoral College, and China is playing hard-to-get with a certain drone of ours. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. China

An underwater drone seized in the South China Sea has become a point of contention between the US and China. Chinese media reports the drone is just a small part of US surveillance efforts meant to "contain" China. The Pentagon says the drone was just conducting routine unclassified operations. China is set to return the equipment, but that hasn't happened yet.

2. Electoral college

The 538 members of the electoral college will cast their votes today, making Donald Trump's presidential win official. There's one more stop on the road to the Inauguration, and that comes when Congress officially counts the votes on January 6th.

3. Russia hacks

A new poll shows that 55% of Americans are bothered by Russian election hacking, but only 37% think the hacks helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. The hacks continues to be a highly debated topic: Senator John McCain said such breaches could signal a breakdown of democracy. Incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that intelligence agencies should issue a report or statement if they want the claims to be taken seriously.

4. Aleppo

The evacuation of Aleppo residents is back on after two buses that were supposed to carry evacuees to safety were set ablaze this weekend. So far, more than 3,500 people have been evacuated, and the UN Security Council is set to vote on Monday on a resolution to monitor evacuations.

5. Apple

Apple and Ireland are taking on the EU in a case of taxation and national sovereignty. The EU has ordered Ireland to recover €13 billion in back taxes from Apple after ruling the country had helped the tech giant artificially lower its tax bill for years. Ireland isn't keen because they say the ruling infringes upon their national laws. Apple says they're being unfairly singled out because they're a big-name company.

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