Swamp Watch – 7 December 2016

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The New York Times reports that Donald Trump plans to name Gen. John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, as Secretary of Homeland Security. That makes three generals so far in his cabinet: Flynn, Mattis,1 and Kelly. That’s a lot of generals, no? Especially for a guy who trashed America’s generals during the campaign because “they haven’t done the job.” I guess he changed his mind.

1Who Trump continues to call “Mad Dog” at every possible opportunity.

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