“The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia. The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.” Those are the sobering words from a report released Wednesday by the bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission. Air Force veteran and Heritage Foundation senior communications manager John Cooper joins us to discuss. Plus: Forget taking your kids to work—taking your parents to work is now what the cool kids are doing.

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  • The Justice Department released a memo saying that Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as attorney general is consistent with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, and it cited an example from 1866 when an acting attorney general served without confirmation by the Senate.
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy. R-Calif., will be the next GOP leader in the House after defeating Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a vote.
  • As election results continue to come in from some of the closest midterm races, Democrats are gaining. In fact, they’ve now picked up more House seats than they’ve ever picked up since Watergate.

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