Jan 12, 2017

Gen. Mattis will be the Secretary of Defense

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The retired general came to Capitol Hill today to face questions from the Senate Armed Services committee.

The big story: Mattis cleared his main hurdle today, securing Senate support for a waiver allowing him to speed up the waiting process for retired military officers to become Secretary of Defense. The vote wasn't close, at 81 to 17.

What's next: A House vote on the waiver, and a Senate vote on confirmation. He'll pass both. (Hearing recaps below.)

  1. On threats to global order: Mattis named Russia, terrorist groups and China as the big three threats. He elaborated in an exchange with John McCain, below: Retired Gen. James Mattis: The world order is under the biggest attack since WWII https://t.co/j6jNyCkKvZ https://t.co/JXtwKNd7ul— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 12, 2017
  2. On the Iran deal: "When America gives its word, we have to live up to it.""It's not a deal I would have signed."
  3. On women in the military: "I have no plan to oppose women in any aspect of our military. In 2003 I had many marines who happened to be women serving."
  4. On allowing the LGBT community to openly serve: "Frankly Senator, I've never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with."
  5. On when he'll be willing to advocate other opinions to Trump: "On every circumstance."
  6. On whether Congressional AUMF is a must: "Yes, senator, it is."
  7. On using necessary force with North Korea: "I don't think we should take anything off the table."

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Tear gas is fired as police clash with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minneapolis police used tear gas during clashes with protesters demanding justice Tuesday night for George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, according to multiple news reports.

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