James Mattis

Trump, the tormentor

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After 24 hours of brutal coverage of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' defense of scrapping funding for the Special Olympics, President Trump stepped in to claim he was saving a program his own budget had threatened.

Driving the news: "I heard about it this morning," Trump told reporters as he left the White House. "I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics." It was a bad look for DeVos, but standard operating procedure for Trump.

James Mattis returns to Stanford's Hoover Institution

Jim Mattis walks down a hallway behind decorated and uniformed military personnel.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has returned to his position as Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Details: Mattis first joined Hoover in 2013 and previously held the same position as a visiting fellow in 2015. Per Hoover's press release, Mattis plans "to focus his research and writing on domestic and international security policy."