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March 3, 2017

WH pushing back against Mattis appt of US ambassador to Egypt-Anne Patterson as undersecretary

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon – and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers.


The skirmish surrounding Patterson’s nomination is the latest in a series of personnel battles that have played out between Mattis and the White House, with each side rejecting the names offered up by the other while the Pentagon remains empty. The White House has yet to nominate a single undersecretary or deputy secretary to the Defense Department, while Work, Mattis’s deputy, is an Obama administration holdover who only agreed to stay on until the secretary taps a deputy of his own.


But it is Mattis who’s dug in most stubbornly, insisting on staffing his own department. “Mattis is a guy who cares very much about personnel,” said a Mattis friend. “He doesn’t want people off the tracks that he has laid down and that he’s running his train on.”

Patterson, a career diplomat, has never held a Defense Department position. She previously served as ambassador to Colombia and Pakistan. President Barack Obama nominated her to be the assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the post from which she retired last month.


March 1, 2017

Rosie ODonnell Cuts Down Trump In Fiery Speech Outside White House

Former television talk show host Rosie O’Donnell delivered a comical indictment of President Donald Trump to hundreds of protesters who braved pouring rain outside the White House on Tuesday evening.

The rally, sponsored by liberal and civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Our Revolution, and Food and Water Watch, aimed to show popular resistance to the president’s agenda ahead of his first speech to a joint session of Congress. In addition to O’Donnell, it featured speeches from progressive activists like Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block of the Jewish social justice organization Bend the Arc, and Jordan Marie Daniel of the Native American group Rising Hearts.

“Hello, Washington, D.C.! Look at this crowd of 1.8 million people. This is Donald Trump math, ladies and gentlemen! You say it, the media buys it,” O’Donnell quipped.

“This is not Russia,” O’Donnell said. “To Donald Trump and his pathetic band of white-privileged, criminal businessmen, I would like to say to him, ‘Nyet, sir! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! No, we won’t. We have seen what you have done sir. We have seen your connections with Russia. The game is over.’”


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