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 .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?