Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter not-so-subtly threw some shade at President Donald Trump in a statement praising current Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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DOD/D. Myles Cullen

Somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon’s D-ring, there’s one fierce — and full — gift locker. So we’re led to believe by Military Times’ Leo Shane III, who this morning published a listing of all the luxe gear and weird pricey presents given to U.S. military brass in 2015 and 2016 by their foreign counterparts — $170,000 worth.

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Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has a little over a month to determine a ruling on the military’s transgender policy, with a July 1 deadline set by his predecessor, Ash Carter, rapidly approaching.

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The White House, Department of Veteran Affairs, and members of Congress are moving fast on veterans issues in 2017. They’re working on proposals to reform the GI Bill, veterans health care, and the VA appeals process, with support from many of the nation’s largest veterans service organizations and nonprofits.

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DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

The Army general who racked up nearly $3,000 in charges on his government-issued credit card at strip clubs — and also harassed female subordinates while serving as the defense secretary’s top military assistant — will get to keep his security clearance when he retires, USA Today reported Tuesday afternoon. Color me surprised.  

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