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 .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.