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Trump’s swampy Pentagon pick oversaw weapons boondoggles forcing the military to buy weapons it didn’t want

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Patrick Shanahan

President Donald Trump’s new pick for the Secretary of Defense joins a chorus of swamp-dwellers that have been appointed to the cabinet.

A report by the Daily Beast ripped new appointee Patrick Shanahan for his controversial history demanding the military purchase weapons that they didn’t need nor did they want.

The Air Force said that it didn’t want any more F-15s, because they prefer the F-35 stealth fighter from Lockheed Martin, America’s biggest defense contractor. The Pentagon overruled the military branch, saying that they would be added to the government anyway. It was Shannahan who “prodded” them to include the planes, Bloomberg reported.

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Rules dictate that Shanahan recuse himself from any decisions involving Boeing, but that clearly wasn’t done in this case.

The president has come under fire since taking office because cabinet appointees have been reckless in spending of taxpayer dollars. The Republican Party has advocated against government spending for decades, but it has consistently been ignored in the Trump administration. Outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is being investigated for sketchy travel spending. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price got sacked for using private planes on the American dime. EPA Chair Scott Pruitt was outed for spending thousands on bizarre “security needs” like tactical pants and a special, secret phone booth. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson shelled out thousands to redecorate his office, nearly purchasing a $31,000 table and chairs. When news of it became public, the purchase was shut down.

The president has demanded that outgoing Secretary James Mattis be gone by Jan. 1.


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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