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Defense Sec. Mattis tells troops: ‘Hold the line’ until country is less divided by hate

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In a surprisingly moving address to a group of U.S. soldiers serving in Jordan, Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis said that he is counting on enlisted personnel to “hold the line until our country starts respecting each other again.”

The Hill said on Saturday that video surfaced on Friday night of what appeared to be impromptu remarks by the general, who is a veteran of the Marine Corps and former director of U.S. Central Command.

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“The only way this great big experiment that you and I call America is going to survive,” Mattis said, “is if we’ve got tough hombres like you.”

“Our country right now, it’s got problems — you know it and I know it — it’s got problems we don’t have in the military,” Mattis continued. “You just hold the line, my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, you hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it — to be friendly with one another.”

“We’re so doggone lucky to be Americans,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be around you all. Take care of each other.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

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Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies

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Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.

Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.

Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."

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Adam Schiff buries one of the GOP’s remaining anti-impeachment talking points

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a hammer to one of the Republican Party's few remaining talking points aimed at undermining the House impeachment inquiry.

Throughout the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, Republicans kept saying that there couldn't be any kind of extortion scheme on President Donald Trump's part because Ukraine got its military aid without publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Schiff, however, showed why this argument simply doesn't hold up.

"My colleagues seem to be under the impression that unless the president spoke the words, 'Ambassador Sondland, I am bribing the Ukrainian president,' that there's no evidence of bribery!" he said.

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Chris Wallace fact-checks his own Fox News colleagues after their denials of Trump’s quid pro quo

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As US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland gave his testimony in the House impeachment hearings this Wednesday, Fox News contributor Ken Starr acknowledged that Sondland's testimony all but guarantees that articles of impeachment will be drawn up against President Trump. He also posited that Trump "gave himself enough cover" regarding Sondland's September 9 conversation with Trump where he said the President allegedly said, "I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo."

"Well, I think that Ken Starr and [Fox News contributor] Andy McCarthy are very good lawyers," Wallace said. "And like any good lawyers they can parse this, phrase this any way they want, but as a reporter it seems to me that we have to go to what the headline is today, and the headline is that Gordon Sondland, one of the three amigos, perhaps the one who had the most direct contact with Donald Trump, says in his opening statement, 'Was there a quid pro quo with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting? The answer is yes.'"

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