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Trump to name Gen. Mattis as Defense Secretary
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and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name U.S.
Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as secretary of defense, according to
For the general to assume the post, he would need Congress to change a
federal law that bars anyone who has been on active duty in the past
seven years from taking becoming Defense secretary.
The announcement likely will come early next week, according to The
Washington Post, which first reported the pick citing sources familiar
with the decision.
Mexico: Carrie Will Suffer By Not Moving Plant
A Mexican senator is warning Carrier's business will suffer by not
moving its Indiana plant to her state of Nuevo Leon, The Hill
"The implications are very serious, not only for Nuevo Leon, but for
Carrier," Sen. Marcella Guerra told The Associated Press on
"The one who is going to suffer from this is the company . . .
because their products are going to be more expensive," she said. "I
understand the fight, because it is same fight all we politicians
Secretary of State Options Down to Final 4
Donald Trump's transition team said Wednesday that the
president-elect has narrowed his choice for secretary of state down
to four, Politico reported.
Transition senior communications adviser Sean Spicer wouldn't say
which four, but Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are believed to be the
Spicer also said there's no timetable for when Trump will announce
his pick, only to say that it wouldn't be this week.
"At this time, the secretary of state position has been narrowed
down to four potential candidates," Spicer said on a conference
call, according to Politico. "But to that point, we do not
anticipate any further Cabinet appointments the rest of this week."
In addition to Romney and Giuliani, Trump has met with or reportedly
considered four others for the cabinet position:
Trump createing commerce-friendly White House
President-elect Donald Trump was already closing a deal to keep U.S.
workers employed at the Carrier air conditioner plant in Indiana as
he stacked his Cabinet with Wall Street titans Wednesday, creating
the most business-friendly White House that America has seen in a
Trump transition officials boasted that the Carrier deal was an
early down payment on his campaign promises to restore manufacturing
jobs and that his team — namely Treasury secretary nominee Steve
Mnuchin and commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross — had the
business savvy necessary to help kick the U.S. economy into
Mr. Trump was assembling a “Cabinet of winners,” said Trump
transition spokesman Jason Miller.
Obama has nearly ruled out UN action on Israel
Sources say Trump’s victory put kibosh on internal
discussions about last-ditch peace attempt
President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch
effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations
with the Palestinians, US officials said, indicating Obama will
likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves
Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama for more than a year had
considered giving a major speech describing his vision for a future
peace deal or, in a more aggressive step, supporting a United
Nations resolution laying out parameters for such a deal. Although
the goal would be to impart fresh urgency to the moribund peace
process, either step would have been perceived as constraining
Israel’s negotiating hand while strengthening the Palestinians’
argument on the world stage.
Putin sends warship to Crimea as Ukraine begins missile tests
Putin's warships have been dispatched to Crimea's western
coastline in response to the start of Ukrainian missile tests
nearby, as tensions in the region reach fever pitch.
Vessels from Russia's Black Sea Fleet have taken up position near
the disputed Crimean peninsula - which was illegally annexed from
Ukraine in 2014 - to help strengthen the air defences.
The aggressive land grab plunged Ukraine-Russia and east-west
relations to their lowest point in years and threatened a new Cold
Kiev began two days of missile tests today, angering Russia, which
has put its air defence forces on high alert.
Moscow has warned that the war games will not disrupt international
Vladimir Putin says Russia hopes to 'normalise' relations with U.S.
Vladimir Putin has called for a new era of cooperation with the
United States under Donald Trump’s presidency, in an annual state of
the nation speech that struck a conciliatory but uncompromising tone
on foreign policy.
In an address to government ministers, MPs, and top Kremlin
officials, Mr Putin said Russia and the United States are
“jointly responsible for international stability and security” and
that a good relationship was in the interests of the “whole world.”
"We are ready for cooperation with the new American
administration,"Mr Putin said in the Kremlin on Thursday.
Janet Napolitano vows to protect undocumented California college students
The University of California system announced Wednesday that campus
police will not undertake joint efforts with any law enforcement
agencies to investigate students suspected of breaking federal
Police officers at the UC’s 10 campuses will not contact, detain,
question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of immigration
status, except as required by law, the school system said in a
The move comes in response to the election of Donald Trump, who has promised a widespread crackdown on illegal immigration.
Russia, USA and China are reppping for all-out Space War
SUPERPOWERS are preparing to dominate in a devastating space war,
which could destroy life on Earth as we know it, experts have
As countries seek to maintain control in outer-space, competition
between nations will give rise to apocalyptic cosmic attacks,
according to security officials.
Nightmare scenarios might leave vast swathes of the planet in the
dark as intergalactic weapons knock out satellites and launch cyber
General John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, told CNN: "As
humans go out there, there has always been conflict. Conflict in the
Wild West as we move in the West ... conflict twice in Europe for
its horrible world wars.
warned of this Ten Years ago
again in 2009
GOP may delay Obamacare replacement for years
Republicans are setting up a high-stakes deadline to replace
the healthcare law.
Prepare for the Obamacare cliff.
Congressional Republicans are setting up their own, self-imposed
deadline to make good on their vow to replace the Affordable Care
Act. With buy-in from Donald Trump’s transition team, GOP leaders on
both sides of the Capitol are coalescing around a plan to vote to
repeal the law in early 2017 — but delay the effective date for that
repeal for as long as three years.
They’re crossing their fingers that the delay will help them get
their own house in order, as well as pressure a handful of Senate
Democrats — who would likely be needed to pass replacement
legislation — to come onboard before the clock runs out and 20
million Americans lose their health insurance. The idea is to
satisfy conservative critics who want President Barack Obama’s
signature initiative gone now, but reassure Americans that
Republicans won’t upend the entire health care system without a
viable alternative that preserves the law’s popular provisions.
Senate Democrats want extra scrutiny of Trump Cabiet picks, demand tax returns
Senate Democrats pushed Thursday to force all of President-elect Donald
Trump’s Cabinet nominees to turn over their tax returns before
confirmation, signaling fierce fights ahead over his picks.
The new rule, which would require agreement from Senate Republicans, was
described as a transparency measure and a means to force Mr. Trump to
keep his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
“Americans deserve to know whether or not President-elect Trump’s team
of millionaires and billionaires will actually work for all the American
people or only the wealthy and well-connected,” said Sen. Debbie
Stabenow of Michigan, who is taking over as chairwoman of the Senate
Democrats’ policy and communications operation.
House Democrats change caucus rules
Attempt to quell disgruntled lawmakers
House Democrats on Thursday changed the rules governing their caucus in
an attempt to assuage rank-and-file members that tried — and failed — to
remove Nancy Pelosi this week as their leader in the lower chamber.
Mrs. Pelosi announced the caucus has carved out a new positions on the
leadership team for a newly elected member of Congress and for a
lawmaker that has less than five terms under their belt.
The caucus also created three new elected co-chair positions on the
Democratic Policy and Communications Committee that will be elected and
announced the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,
who had been tapped by the leader in previous years, would be selected
by the entire caucus.
The dangers of a hasty Congo election
A peaceful presidential transition requires more preparation
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been the target of criticism
in recent weeks with editorials in major newspapers calling on our
president to step down. A resolution in the U.S. House of
Representatives is demanding the same thing and congressional hearings
are scheduled soon. A cursory reading of the DRC Constitution would
suggest that the president should step aside, but that’s too simple and,
in fact, dangerous.
Congo does not have a history of smooth transitions of power. In fact,
quite the opposite. That’s why a national dialogue that included
opposition parties recently agreed that presidential elections will be
held, but not this year. Time is needed to create circumstances that
would allow a new president to take charge peacefully, for a change.
While the president’s second elected term ends Jan. 19, the constitution
states and a court interpretation has affirmed that a successor should
be elected before the incumbent steps down. That is why the DRC has
created a bridge mechanism, including an interim government, which is
being formed now from a range of political parties with the interim
prime minister coming from the opposition.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
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Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”