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Dana Bash

CNN's Chief Political Correspondent


Dana Bash is CNN's chief political correspondent based in Washington, D.C., where she covers both campaigns and Congress. She regularly serves as a moderator for CNN's political town halls and debates and anchored special coverage of Election Night in America surrounding the 2020 election.

Bash is also co-anchor of State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, the network's Sunday morning newsmaker show. She also moderated CNN's first debate of the 2020 election cycle in Detroit, as well as the last Democratic Presidential Debate of the cycle held in Washington, D.C.

Bash is the winner of the National Press Foundation's 2019 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

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General James Mattis

Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group

26th Secretary of Defense (2017-2018)

Commander, US Central Command (2010-2013)

Commander, US Joint Forces Command (2007-2010)

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (2007-2009)


General Jim Mattis served as the 26th Secretary of Defense in 2017 and 2018. In this role, he worked to strengthen America’s alliances and reorient the defense budget to face the rising challenges posed by emerging technologies and near-peer adversaries. 

During his 43 years in the Marine Corps, General Mattis commanded combat tours at the platoon, battalion, regiment, brigade, division, force, and theater levels. This included command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and of the 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. His time in the military culminated with three years as the Commander of US Central Command where he oversaw joint efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped shape US policy towards Iran. 

Immediately prior to this, he served simultaneously as the Commander of US Joint Forces Command and the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation. In these roles, he oversaw the transformation of capabilities for the US military and NATO allied forces respectively. His major projects included efforts to reshape US military doctrine to engage more effectively in irregular warfare and to reimagine the US military’s grand strategy. 

Earlier in his military career, General Mattis served as the Executive Secretary of the Department of Defense during the tenures of Secretary William Perry and Secretary William Cohen and also as the Senior Military Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy deLeon. 

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