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Chicago Tops 700 Homicides This Year; 480 Homicides in 2015

The numbers just for November were: 77 killings, 316 shootings and 389 shooting victims, the department said. Chicago had 704 homicides in 1998, the Tribune reported, and is on a pace to easily break that mark. There have been 3,315 shooting incidents this year, police said. Many of the victims were not engaged in crimes, such as the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade. There were 480 homicides in 2015. Guns are driving the violence, with more than 90% of the 2016 homicides gun-related, said Anthony Guglielmi, head of communications for the Chicago Police Department. Hand guns in a bin during Chicago Police Department gun turn-in event at Uptown Baptist Church November 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. What’s causing the increase in violence? There have been 701 homicides recorded so far this year in the city, the Chicago Police Department told CNN on Thursday. Officers have recovered 8,000 guns, a 20% jump over last year, and gun arrests are up 8% over last year. Possible causes are distrust of the police department, rising street crime and economic struggles of poor people. “CPD will use every tool available to hold violent offenders accountable and will continue to work strategically to address crime and uphold its commitment to rebuild public trust.”
He said most of the killings occur in five police districts on the south and west sides of the city, He listed several measures police have taken to combat the violence and improve public trust, including police recruitment campaigns, an expanded “anti-violence campaign” and extending the public comment period for the department’s use-of-force policy. 41.878114
-87.629798 “The levels of violence we have seen this year in some of our communities is absolutely unacceptable,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. In the early 2000s, the homicide rate in Chicago held steady, but it began an upward tick in 2014 and has been increasing since. (Credit: JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Chicago Tops 700 Homicides This Year; 480 Homicides in 2015

Hand guns in a bin during Chicago Police Department gun turn-in event at Uptown Baptist Church November 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago has reached another bloody milestone. She was shot in August while pushing a baby stroller near a school. Harder to quantify is the human suffering. It’s the first time the city has recorded more than 700 homicides in nearly two decades, according to the Chicago Tribune.

North Carolina Man Catches Giant 112-Pound Catfish

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A North Carolina man hooked a hulking 112-pound catfish, just 5 pounds shy of breaking a state record, according to WWAY. “In the water, it felt like it was pretty big,” he said. Brewington said he released the catfish after the catch. Riahn Brewington said he caught the huge fish the day before Thanksgiving at his favorite spot along the northeast section of the Cape Fear River. “I thought it would have already snapped the line, but I didn’t realize how big he was until I actually got my hands underneath him.”
He took several pictures of himself with the fish (pics or it didn’t happen!) before letting the massive fish swim away.

Wells Fargo May Be Forced to Face Victims in Court

Customers suing large corporations for small amounts of money may not be able to find lawyers willing to take on the case. A sign is seen on a Wells Fargo ATM at one of their bank branches on Sept. The fine print, known as forced arbitration agreements, require customers to resolve their claims in closed-door arbitration instead of open court. Two lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday that would aim to prevent Wells Fargo from using fine print buried in customer agreements to derail class action lawsuits. Sen. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Congress just might come to the rescue of Wells Fargo fake account victims whose lawsuits the bank is trying to kill. Wells Fargo is using the fine print contained in those legitimate account agreements to block lawsuits related to the fake accounts. Rep. Regulators say there were as many as 2 million of these fake checking and credit card accounts. 9, 2016 in Miami. However, the bank said in a statement that it will make “every attempt” to first resolve issues with customers directly. Wells Fargo said it is also providing free mediation services for customers through an objective third-party. Most Wells Fargo fake account victims were already legitimate customers of the bank, meaning they signed agreements that require they settle disputes quietly in arbitration. Wells Fargo is using this tactic in the class action lawsuit filed in Utah by dozens of customers who say the bank opened accounts in their name that they didn’t sign up for. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Wells Fargo May Be Forced to Face Victims in Court

A sign is seen on a Wells Fargo ATM at one of their bank branches on Sept. Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement announcing the legislation. Wells Fargo reiterated it has been “working very hard to remediate harm that may have been caused.” The company said that includes contacting impacted customers and reimbursing their fees. 9, 2016 in Miami. Brad Sherman said customers shouldn’t be bound by these arbitration agreements if they “never authorized the opening of a phony credit card or checking account.”
Wells Fargo declined to comment on the new bill. Congressional hearings were held earlier this year and both Democrats and Republicans condemned Wells Fargo’s conduct. “We need to give customers back their ability to seek justice in court so they can be made whole again,” U.S. Wells Fargo has admitted some customers had their credit scores damaged, while others were hit by unwarranted fines.

Tensions Between Clinton and Trump Aides Erupt at Harvard University Discussion

When Clinton wasn’t on stage with Trump, it was difficult for her message to break through, she said — setting up a dynamic of “Hillary versus Hillary.”
“What hurt us was (the Trump campaign) coming after her or the press picking at us,” Palmieri said. They said they faced huge headwinds within the electorate because of the strong desire for change: “We underestimated the force of that wind of change,” Mook said. Chief Strategist Joel Benenson charged that the Trump campaign was successful, in part, by sending a series of “dog whistles” and messages with racial overtones that appealed to white voters who believed the government favored minorities. At one point when Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio was saying that the Clinton campaign had failed to understand the fact that 70% of voters believed the country was on the wrong track, her Campaign Manager Robby Mook interrupted: “We won the popular vote.”
Over the course of the two-day conference, the Clinton team attributed their general election loss to a myriad of factors. You guys took everything Donald Trump said so literally,” Lewandowski said. When the Clinton team was asked whether they would have done anything differently, Palmieri said one mistake was not arguing for a fourth debate shortly before the election. Facing off at long tables on opposite sides of the room during a two-hour panel, raw emotions on both sides exploded as operatives debated how Trump had won the divisive campaign. Clinton’s advisers said they were harmed by Russians meddling in the election and the “drip, drip, drip” of news about Hillary Clinton’s emails, followed by the hacking of John Podesta’s emails that revealed internal campaign deliberations. There was lots of eye-rolling on both sides. There were periods of calm, substantive discussion about data, metrics and target states, but many moments where tempers flared, with acrimony mirroring the 2016 race. Mook noted that the press often focused on how she delivered her message in a way that they would not have scrutinized a male candidate. But they focused repeatedly on what they viewed as the destructive impact of FBI Director James Comey’s press conference and his two letters about the investigation into Clinton’s emails on her private server. “I don’t think you guys give yourself enough credit for the negative campaign you ran,” Grunwald said. There was also fierce criticism of the press by the Trump campaign. Bossie argued that Clinton lost not because of headwinds, but because of distrust due to a long series of “self-inflicted wounds” dating back to the 1990s from the Whitewater scandal to the missing files at the Rose Law Firm. Bossie and Conway charged that the Clinton campaign was in denial about why their candidate had lost — in part their refusal to acknowledge that she was a “bad candidate.”
Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald said the Trump campaign had operated in the world of “dark arts.” As an example, she flashed the final issue of the National Enquirer, essentially describing Clinton as a corrupt criminal who should be thrown in jail. They also acknowledged that they did not perform as well as they needed to among younger voters; one key reason for that, they said, was Comey’s interference in the election. That’s why we won.”
But the Clinton team did not back down. Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook speak during the event titled "War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016" at the Harvard Institute of Politics Forum on December 1, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “She’s been an uncomfortable presence for a long time” by breaking gender barriers, Palmieri said. Clinton Senior Adviser Karen Finney added that Trump had tapped into “underlying cultural anxiety about change that we were not willing to do.”
In a key moment that flipped the initial tone from fairly civil to acrimonious, Clinton advisers Jennifer Palmeiri and Finney charged the Trump campaign with providing a platform for white supremacist views by hiring Breitbart Chief Executive Steve Bannon. Operatives snapped at one another for interrupting, as an air of mutual contempt settled within the room. Advisers on the opposing sides shouted over each other. Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway called members of Clinton’s team “bitter.”
“Hey guys, we won,” Conway said at one point, challenging Clinton’s team to “accept the results of the election.” “He was the better candidate. “Are you going look me in the face and say I provided a platform for white supremacists?” Kellyanne Conway asked incredulously. One of the odder complaints came from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. (Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Four weeks after the election, tensions between top operatives at the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns erupted during a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics discussion that was intended to record history by drawing out the internal deliberations of both campaigns. Both Palmieri and Finney nodded and said “Yes.”
“I would rather lose than win the way you did,” Palmieri said. “You guys are pathetic,” Trump adviser David Bossie replied, accusing them a smear campaign against Bannon. “Those last 11 days we couldn’t get them back,” he said. In the final weeks before Election Day, they were coming home — first to Trump and then to Clinton. “I think it was an incredibly effective negative campaign, and you guys don’t get credit for it.”
To the irritation of Trump officials, the Clinton team argued that the results have not given Trump a mandate to govern. That hurt Clinton particularly among suburban women and younger voters in the final days, they said. They understood it. ‘You guys took everything Donald Trump said so literally’
Clinton advisers also blamed unfair media coverage — noting that it was a struggle every day to get Clinton’s message to break through in a media environment dominated by Trump. Benenson pressed the Trump team to explain exactly who their supporters want “to take America back from.” He disputed the Trump team’s argument that his economic message led him to victory. Clinton won a majority of voters who were concerned about the economy, he said, while Trump won more voters who believe minorities are favored in this country. (Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

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Tensions Between Clinton and Trump Aides Erupt at Harvard University Discussion

Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook speak during the event titled "War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016" at the Harvard Institute of Politics Forum on December 1, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 42.371209
-71.122112 But the first Comey letter 11 days before the election stalled that movement back to Clinton, Benenson said. “The American people didn’t. “This is the problem with the media. Accusations of lying flew between them. They understood sometimes when you have a conversation with people, whether it’s around the dinner table or at a bar, you’re going to say things and sometimes you don’t have all the facts to back it up.”
Several Clinton advisers also argued that there was unfair “double standard” for Clinton within the press that was driven partly by her gender. “Undecided voters didn’t break our way,” Mook said of Election Night. The Trump team had elevated the so-called alt-right movement into the mainstream, they said, with Palmieri adding that Clinton’s speech denouncing the extremist movement was the proudest moment of the campaign. “That Comey letter had a huge effect,” he said, calling it “probably a game-changer.”
Both Mook and Benenson said while the race was incredibly fluid in the final weeks, they were closely watching both Trump and Clinton defectors — voters who were considering third party candidates.

New Texas Law Will Require Aborted Fetuses to Be Buried or Cremated Months After Landmark US Supreme Court Ruling

The rules will disproportionately affect black and brown women who already have trouble shouldering the costs of medical procedures, Robertson wrote. According to Texas Right to Life, the fetal-burial rules may be elevated in stature next year. Without it, we have no other rights,” the email said. Hellerstedt, which threw out Texas’ so-called “clinic shutdown” law, Gov. “This cost would be offset by the elimination of the current method of disposition,” the state said. More than a dozen states have similar rules or laws for fetal remains. Or are they just aimed at restricting abortions? “Human life is not a commodity or an inconvenience. “Forcing a woman to pay for a burial after she ends a pregnancy or experiences a miscarriage is not just absurd — it is an unnecessary burden and an intrusion on her personal beliefs.”
The costs
According to estimates provided by critics of the rule, the price of cremation or burial could cost, on average, $2,000 per procedure. Planned Parenthood says the cost of an abortion ranges from $300 to $950, depending on the type of procedure required. Governor’s backing
In July, mere days after the high court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Still, the controversy rages. “These new restrictions reveal the callous indifference that Texas politicians have toward women,” said David Brown, the center’s senior staff attorney. “An additional procedure with no recognized medical value only unnecessarily interferes with a woman’s autonomy and her decision making in her own medical care.”
Supporters: It’s about dignity
Within the letters and statements of support for the rules are few references to any health benefits. “Texas healthcare providers like hospitals and abortion clinics already follow the state’s standards for the sanitary disposal of medical waste including embryonic tissue,” she said. (Credit: Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images)

The Governor says they are “giving voice to the unborn.” Critics say they are a naked attempt to shame and financially burden Texas women seeking abortions. The Center for Reproductive Rights issued a statement calling the new rules unconstitutional and in “direct defiance of the high court’s ruling” in the Whole Women’s Health case. In responding to those estimates, the state said that it had received cost data from numerous groups and determined that the cost was a fraction of the opponents’ estimate. They follow a landmark US Supreme Court defeat for abortion opponents this summer. They are controversial new rules in Texas which will require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. “Undoubtedly, if these rules are implemented, the clinics are forced to pass along the costs of this unnecessary regulation, which is not insignificant,” she said. Don Huffines, a Dallas Republican, has said he would file legislation to codify the rules when the Legislature convenes in January. “While the Supreme Court tragically does not allow states to ban most abortions, we believe that Texas law should be changed to assure that the bodies of the victims of abortion are not treated like medical waste. After the high court struck down a Texas law restricting abortions, state health officials quickly got to work proposing the new rules, which they claim will help stop the spread of communicable disease. “We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so,” Breyer wrote for the majority. Most of the support, which largely emanates from religious and pro-life groups, cites the need to treat fetuses with dignity, rather than discarding them in a landfill. It said the cost would be $450 annually per facility. Greg Abbott lauded the rules. She further said the rules were cruel, unnecessary and aimed solely at deterring women from exercising their constitutional rights. According to the Legislature’s website, House Bill 201 — “relating to disposition of fetal remains by a health care facility” — was filed last month, and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has already issued its support for the bill. This is why Texas will require clinics or hospitals to bury or cremate human or fetal remains.”
But pro-choice advocates questioned the timing of the governor’s letter, noting that Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the 5-3 Whole Women’s Health ruling days earlier that the Texas law in question cured “no significant health-related problem.”
The SCOTUS ruling
That law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and and it mandated that abortion clinics have facilities on par with an ambulatory surgical center. After a few months of fairly evenly-split debate consisting of tens of thousands of comments (31 groups were in favor of the rules, while 26 opposed them), the Texas Department of State Health Services rules are slated to take effect later this month. Abortion rights activists cheer after the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law placing restrictions on abortion clinics, outside of the Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. The group decried how opponents of the rules compared “preborn children to amputated limbs and ovarian cysts, calling preborn children ‘products of our bodies’ and ‘waste.’”
“As usual, abortion advocates claimed that ‘access to abortion is a fundamental liberty,’ failing to mention that The Declaration of Independence actually lists ‘Life’ first,” its statement said. 31.968599
-99.901813 Here’s how they came to pass, along with some arguments for and against. Are the new rules about public health? These proposed rules validate the dignity of those unborn babies whose lives are unfortunately lost to abortion,” Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said when the rules were proposed in July. “I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life. It is our most basic right. The Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospitals Association, both of which oppose the rules, said cremation could cost between $1,500 and $4,000. Proponents of legal abortion say the Department of State Health Services rules, which go into effect December 9, are no different than the law shot down by the high court. Texas Right to Life, whose legislative director, John Seago, successfully urged the state to direct the rules solely at health care facilities, and not miscarriages and “chemical abortions” that occur in a woman’s home, also employed the dignity defense. (Credit: Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images)

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New Texas Law Will Require Aborted Fetuses to Be Buried or Cremated Months After Landmark US Supreme Court Ruling

Abortion rights activists cheer after the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law placing restrictions on abortion clinics, outside of the Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. In a fundraising email, published by The Texas Tribune, he made it clear the initiative was aimed more at “giving voice to the unborn” than it was at public safety. Marilyn Robertson, board president of Jane’s Due Process, which provides legal representation for pregnant girls in Texas, called this assertion “fundamentally incorrect” in testimony presented to the state. Sen.

At Least 2 L.A. Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Paramount House Fire, Fight With Suspect; 1 Person in Custody

The 6500 block of East San Luis Street is seen in a Street View image from Google Maps. No shots were fired during the incident, but it is unclear why deputies were in the area and what led to the fight. The Los Angeles County Fire Department also responded to the incident. The incident was reported about 4:10 p.m. KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this story. The deputies and the suspect were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said. It is also unclear how the fire started. Check back for updates on this developing story. At least two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were injured a Paramount house fire and a fight with suspect who was later taken into custody, officials said Thursday. A suspect was fighting with deputies when fireworks went off and all three people were injured, officials said. Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Paramount House Fire, Fight With Suspect; 1 Person in Custody

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CHP Stops Truck Hauling $11 Million Worth of Heroin Through Victorville

The truck’s cab was labeled Jeak Logistics Inc. out of Ontario, Victor Valley News’ video from the scene showed. The truck was pulled over for speeding on the northbound freeway north of Highway 395 about 8 a.m., CHP Officer Robert Mendenhall said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of transportation and possession of narcotics. The vehicle was headed for Canada, Mendenhall told Victor Valley News. His K-9 partner alerted on the big rig, he told the news outlet. His story and nervousness, along with “criminal indicators,” drew attention, Mendenhall said. A big rig carrying more than 100 kilograms of heroin valued at over $11 million was stopped on the 15 Freeway in Victorville on Thursday, a California Highway Patrol officer told Victor Valley News. The narcotics were found in the rear of the trailer mixed in with the truck’s load, he said. CHP Inland Division spokesman Officer Steve Carapia told KTLA he was working to confirm details of the arrest. 34.536218
-117.292764 The vehicle was headed for Canada, he said. Mendenhall estimated the street value and weight of the heroin, saying it was the largest drug seizure in his 29-year CHP career.

Malibu Rancher Who Obtained Permit to Kill P-45 Says She Wants to Save Mountain Lion

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The rancher in Malibu who obtained a permit to shoot and kill the mountain lion known as P-45 says she obtained the permit to save the animal’s life. 1, 2016. Chris Wolfe reports from Malibu for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec.

Tennessee Man Allegedly Killed, Dismembered Parents After Coming Home For Thanksgiving

“It’s one thing to stab someone, but to do everything that he did, to dismember his parents’ bodies?” Guy’s aunt told the Times News. The couple’s son, Joel Guy Jr., was arrested outside his Louisiana apartment on charges of first-degree murder on Tuesday. A motive hasn’t been provided, but Guy was unemployed and his parents planned to talk to him about cutting off his financial support while he was home, according to authorities. But they had recently sold their house and were getting ready to retire. “It would be described as horrific, a very gruesome crime scene,” Michael MacLean, a major with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, told the Knoxville News Sentinel. 35.987463
-83.941978 Authorities say a 28-year-old man home for Thanksgiving in West Knox County, Tennessee, killed his parents, then tried to dissolve their bodies in an “acid-based solution” of bleach and sewer cleaners, according to multiple reports this week. Family members told the Times News that Guy had been in college for nine years, studying to become a plastic surgeon, and his parents had been supporting him the whole time. The couple may have been tortured first, and their remains were spread around the house for unexplained reasons. Guy’s three sisters said everything appeared normal during Thanksgiving dinner, and Guy has no prior criminal history, WBIR reported. “Both suffered multiple, vicious stab wounds as well as dismemberment,” MacLean told WBIR. The crime scene was discovered inside a home on Monday—at least two days after the killings—following concern from the couple’s employer and family, the Kingsport Times-News reported.

Woman Admits to Vandalizing Downtown L.A. Historical Landmarks With Anti-Trump Graffiti

A hearing to determine the restitution is scheduled for Jan. Central Plant buildings with messages insulting the President-elect. Bay was then sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution. Suspect Victoria Bay is shown in a booking photo released Nov. Historical Landmarks
Authorities Arrest Woman Accused of Vandalizing Downtown L.A. Victoria Jayne Bay, 37, pleaded guilty to one felony count of vandalism that is estimated at more than $10,000. Historical Landmarks
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Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Vandalizing Downtown L.A. A woman who had previously pleaded not guilty to vandalizing historical landmarks in downtown Los Angeles with anti-Donald Trump graffiti admitted to causing thousands of dollars in damages, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. Prosecutors said Bay tagged the Hall of Justice, Flotz Criminal Justice Center, Hall of Records and L.A. 22, 2016, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to Be Trump’s Choice for Defense Secretary: Source

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. Rep. #TrumpTransition,” he tweeted. I don’t ultimately think it will be a bar because I think he is so well thought of that he can overcome peoples’ reservations of that,” Schiff said. But he attracted controversy in 2005 when he said “it’s fun to shoot some people” while addressing service members in San Diego. James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. “It will certainly be an issue. In Mattis, Trump has a nominee who was held in high regard throughout the ranks of the Marine Corps during his 44 years of service. Mattis earned the nickname “Mad Dog” after leading combat troops into the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s. Look, we have people that are chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages and we’re not allowed to waterboard,” Trump said. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired U.S. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Rep. 19, 2016, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. A decades-old legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions, which would otherwise prevent Mattis from being eligible for the job. Mattis butted heads with the Obama administration as head of US Central Command from 2010 to 2013 over the need to prepare for potential conflict with Iran. The retired four-star general, known as “Mad Dog,” was lauded for his leadership of Marines in the 2004 Battle of Falluja in Iraq — one of the bloodiest of the war. Mike Pompeo as CIA director. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, a source with knowledge of the transition says. The official announcement is expected early next week. He was later promoted to run US Central Command in 2010 — a post that gave him command responsibility for all US forces in the Middle East. He also has served as a commander of a major NATO strategic command, Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia. He also was an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal. “My guess is because his reputation is so strong and, frankly, because there’s enough concern among Democrats about some of the President-elect’s other choices, they’ll be a desire to amend the statute if that’s what’ necessary and I believe it would be necessary. But I’ll tell you what, I was impressed by that answer.”
Mattis would also need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed. Gen. “Gen. He was a critic of the Iran nuclear deal and said at the Aspen Security Forum in 2013, when asked about his top concerns as head of US Central Command, “Iran, Iran, Iran.”
Why is Mattis called “Mad Dog”? Trump’s transition spokesman Jason Miller tweeted a denial that the decision had been made. After meeting at Trump’s New Jersey golf club last month, Trump said Mattis gave him a new perspective on waterboarding, a torture tool Trump has pledged to reinstate. Marine Corps Gen. Mattis’ selection, which was first reported by the Washington Post, could put him in position to temper both Flynn and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an appointee of President Barack Obama — whose generals Trump has said he distrusts. He was called “Mad Dog” after the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq, where he led British and American troops against Iraqi insurgents. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mattis, 66, joins a Trump national security team that already includes retired Army Lt. A seasoned combat commander, he led a task force into southern Afghanistan in 2001 and a Marine division at the time of the Iraq invasion in 2003. Mattis has already proven to have the President-elect’s ear. “He said — I was surprised — he said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful.’ He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’”
“I’m not saying it changed my mind. I met with him at length and I asked him that question. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto Wednesday, however, that the regulation would pose as more of an inconvenience for Mattis’s confirmation, rather than barring him from the job. I said, ‘What do you think of waterboarding?’” Trump told The New York Times. Mattis is a strong, highly dignified man. He has backed up the nickname with off-color remarks, such as his 2005 declaration in a panel discussion about the Taliban that “it’s fun to shoot people.”
He is also a bachelor and an avid reader and student of military history, earning a second nickname: “The Warrior Monk.”

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