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Mattis Makes Life Interesting for Pentagon Stenographers

Speaking at a troop event last week, Secretary of Defense Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis offered up the kind of rhetoric that helped earn him his nickname. And it leaves stenographers to grapple with the question: When a sailor curses like a sailor, what does the official government transcript look like? For last week’s event at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state, the stenographers just rolled with it. “You will have some of the best days of your life and some of the worst days of your life in the U.S. Navy, you know what I mean? That says — that means you’re living. That means you’re living,” Mattis told the assembled sailors. “That means you’re not some pussy sitting on....MORE

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