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Ex-defense chief unloads on the bizarre lack of transparency in Trump’s Pentagon

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Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta blasted Trump’s Department of Defense for not holding an on-camera press briefing at the Pentagon in more than 300 days.

“This is a democracy, for God’s sake,” Panetta said Monday at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“The Defense Department has a responsibility to be transparent with the American people and to Congress about the decisions that are being made and about the crises that they are having to deal with and how their funds are being used.”

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Panetta added that the Pentagon was undermining itself by not being more transparent. He warned that members of Congress would not be happy about being blindsided.

“We’re a democracy,” he explained. “The Pentagon is not some kind of on your own independent agency that can do whatever the hell they want without responding to the Congress and to the American people — and being accountable to the Congress and to the American people.

“So I think it’s a bad mistake not to be transparent because it’ll only hurt their ability to do their job by not keeping the American people informed.”

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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