Fox News 19 reports:
Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will appoint Thomas P. Bossert to serve as Homeland Security and Counterterrorism secretary. The position includes overseeing policy matters of counterterrorism and cybersecurity. Since 2009, he has run his own homeland and national security consulting business, and is a cyber fellow at the Atlantic Council, which is a think tank founded that examines international issues.Bossert previously served as deputy Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday he’s not sure there’s any value to the United Nations, after the United States abstained from a vote last week on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. “We provide most of the funding for the U.N. and it’s time for us to re-evaluate,” Mr. Huckabee, a former 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said on Fox Business Network. “I’m not sure there’s any value to the U.N. It’s a joke.” “If I were Obama, I probably wouldn’t plan a vacation to Tel Aviv anytime soon,” said Mr. Huckabee, who has traveled to Israel on a fairly regular basis and is leaving for another trip there soon. “It certainly forever damages his legacy. His legacy is to embrace Iran — the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world — and to reject Israel, the only democracy that exists in the entire Middle East,” he said. Read more from the Washington Times.
James Risen ought to know. The New York Times reporter has had run-ins with several administrations, but it was under Barack Obama that Risen faced prison time for his investigative work with executive-branch whistleblowers. Risen tells Brian Stelter that Obama and his team “criminalized” reporting, becoming the “most secretive” White House since Richard Nixon. Risen’s been making these complaints for a few years; almost three years ago, he called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” In this interview, Risen mentions a specific mechanism that should be an indictment not of Risen, but of the Department of Justice:
RISEN: Well, they have gone after — as you said, criminalized investigative reporting. They try to take, essentially, stories that they don’t like, and try to find some classified information that might be part of that, and then turn it into a criminal leak investigation in which they say someone mishandled or disclosed classified information. As you know, you could do that with virtually any story in Washington.
Click here to read more of Ed Morrissey’s story from Hot Air.