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When It Comes to Intelligence Briefings, Trump Prefers to Pass 

When It Comes to Intelligence Briefings, Trump Prefers to Pass 

Trump went from a high of 4.1 briefings per week on average in March 2017 to 0.7 per week since July 1, shortly after it became public that he had ignored intelligence reports about Russia offering bounties to the Taliban for each American soldier killed in Afghanistan. Monday’s briefing, in fact, was the first in...

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Trump Blocked Brennan’s Access to CIA Records. Is that a Bad Thing?

Trump Blocked Brennan’s Access to CIA Records. Is that a Bad Thing?

John Brennan has published a memoir, much to President Trump’s distress. In the book the former CIA director reveals the president ordered the CIA not to share classified information with him while he was writing the book, a courtesy normally extended to former officials. “Courtesy” and “Trump” are two words that co-exist uneasily in any...

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Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has shuffled his security advisers in a bid to keep alive his campaign to formally end the Korean war and denuclearize the peninsula. While Washington-centric pundits focus on the erratic diplomacy of President Trump and the brinksmanship of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Moon is the most impressive of the three...

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Trump Has Emergency Powers We Aren’t Allowed to Know About

Trump Has Emergency Powers We Aren’t Allowed to Know About

The New York Times has the story about Trump’s unknown powers. They are codified in secret document including draft proclamations, executive orders and proposals for legislation that can be quickly deployed to assert broad presidential authority in a range of worst-case scenarios. They are one of the government’s best-kept secrets. No presidential emergency action document...

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Axis of Trump: Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia Campaign for the President

Axis of Trump: Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia Campaign for the President

After the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel and Palestine, the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders rallied around the two congresswomen, and the Israeli government did not favor to its supporters in the party. With a blatant show of support for President Trump’s strategy of racial polarization, Israeli...

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