FROM Erin Simpson
General James "Mad Dog" Mattis for Pentagon top job At a "Thank You" rally last night in Cincinnati, Donald Trump got a campaign-style reception and made news by announcing a major cabinet nominee, "We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our Secretary of Defense.” The retired general is loved by fellow Marines and he has respect on Capitol Hill -- where he'll need it. To win confirmation, he must be exempted from a requirement designed to assure civilian control of the military. President-elect Donald Trump (L) greets retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, November 19, 2016. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters National security consultant Erin Simpson, who taught Marines at Quantico and advised commanders in Afghanistan, says she loves Mattis -- but not as Secretary of Defense .
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?