“In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the ‘unplanned/unbudgeted’ deployment along the border that President Trump ordered last fall, and shifts of other funds to support border security, had forced him to cancel or reduce planned military training in at least five countries, and delay urgent repairs at bases.” Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses unacceptable risk. (And just like that, there really is an emergency…)

+ Vox: “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is under investigation by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog for allegedly boosting his former company, Boeing, while on the job.” (If you want to go from “acting” to a permanent post in this administration, you need a scandal.)