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Massive turnover for Military upper commanders could change the military for decades

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Upper commanders in the U.S. military are reportedly retiring at a significant rate, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

President Donald Trump is slated to nominate a former officer who played a role in the raid to capture Osama bin Laden to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command in the coming months. He’s one of several personnel moves that will affect top leaders overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy against Russia and Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

As the conflicts in Afghanistan continue, the military has sought to minimize its footprint and have been leaning more heavily on the military that falls under Special Operations Command.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced last week that he would nominate his senior military assistant, Navy Adm. Craig Faller, to take over a post responsible for Guantanamo Bay, among other things. Faller was under investigation for accepting luxury hotel upgrades in Malaysia. Since he used the extra space to accommodate additional staffers, however, he didn’t garner any disciplinary actions.

Two other top Pentagon roles will open next year Marine Gen. Joe Dunford and Air Force Gen. Paul Selvia retire. Mattis is expected to play a significant role in replacing the positions through the president.

Those four posts will add to Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, and Army Gen. Vince Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, who are also expected to retire.

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The timing gives six crucial posts that will be taken over by leaders expected to impact the military for a decade or more.

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Trump flips out over ‘RIGGED’ hearings as Democrats grill Hope Hicks

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President Donald Trump ranted on Twitter while his former communications director testified before the House Judiciary Committee.

Hope Hicks complied with a congressional subpoena and testified behind closed doors to the Democrat-led panel, and the president raged online as word leaked out that a White House lawyer was objecting to many of the questions about her government service.

"The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. This is extreme Presidential Harassment," Trump tweeted. "They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks."

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Soledad O’Brien shames the press for calling Trump’s lies about Central Park 5 a ‘controversial stance’

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Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien has once again called out media outlets for whitewashing President Donald Trump's blatant lies.

This time, O'Brien took issue with a USA Today headline that mischaracterized Trump's lies about five black men who were falsely accused of raping a woman in New York's Central Park in the 1980s, only to have their convictions vacated in 2002 after DNA evidence exonerated them and another man confessed that he was the man who committed the brutal Central Park rape more than a decade earlier.

Instead of calling out Trump for lying about the case, the paper simply called Trump's continued assertions of their guilt a "controversial stance."

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‘Ridiculous!’ House Dems slam Hope Hicks and her White House lawyer for refusing to answer questions

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Democratic lawmakers are already calling Hope Hicks' congressional testimony "ridiculous."

The former White House communications director complied with a subpoena Wednesday morning to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but refused to answer any questions about her time serving under President Donald Trump.

A White House lawyer who accompanied Hicks, who left the government in early 2018, repeatedly objected to questions from congressional investigators.

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” says Rep. @KarenBassTweets, saying the White House lawyer inside the Hope Hicks interview is objecting to lots of questions.

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