US Army Major Mark Nutsch (ret) and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bob Pennington (ret) are the key American figures in the new movie "12 Strong" about the "Horse Soldiers", the American special forces unit which was the first US military presence in Afghanistan at the start of the Afghan war.
The movie is dramatic and utterly enjoyable...as is my in-studio conversation with these two American heroes which I'll share with you for the first time at 7:36 AM Wednesday.
This was a truly remarkable event. President Trump made two rookie mistakes (one was bringing up the idea of reinstating "earmarks" in Congress and the other was giving mixed signals about trying to do a "clean" DACA bill versus trying to do "comprehensive immigration reform" right away.)
But in the big picture, he gave a great performance, showed leadership and an effort to generate bipartisan action in Congress, and moved away from the hard-line anti-"Dreamer" position of some of his base supporters and even some of his own advisers such as Stephen "I hate Jake Tapper" Miller.
The anti-Trump BBC actually nearly praised him:
Here's an example of how the anti-immigration part of the Trump base reacted:
Nothing Michael Wolff could say about @realDonaldTrump has hurt him as much as the DACA lovefest right now.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 9, 2018
I have a feeling that the combination of the David Brooks NYT article and Tuesday's DACA meeting might make some of this 25th Amendment obsession in the mainstream media go away:
25th Amendment headlines
This is the least surprising news of the week. I predicted it, but again it wasn't really a difficult prediction: