Rational Security, Episode #153: The “Mansplaining” Edition

Bob Mueller indicts a slew of Russians who interfered in the 2016 election. Can the president distinguish between the national interest and his own? And the school shooting in Florida brings students to the frontline of the gun control debate.

When Ben says we’re f—ked, you know it’s bad.

Shane wonders if Jared Kushner will lose his interim security clearance.

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Rational Security, Episode #152: The “Do We Have Clearance, Clarence?” Edition

Dozens of White House officials, including Jared Kushner, lack permanent security clearances. It’s been a really bad week for Benjamin Netanyahu. And U.S. intelligence chiefs present their annual list of threats to national security.

Ben is at it again with FOIA.

Tamara is ironing her abaya.

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Rational Security, Episode #151: The “I Love a Parade” Edition

Is the intelligence oversight process as we know it dead? We delve into the education of Kim Jong Un. And FBI emails show that the White House misled the public about the reaction to Jim Comey’s firing.

The gang shares one object lesson of joy, on Susan’s behalf.

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Rational Security, Episode #150: The “State of the #Memo” Edition

Major developments in the Russia probe as House Republicans move to declassify a mysterious memo and the FBI’s No. 2 steps down. A new article reveals the inner workings of the Israeli spy machine. And smart watches are giving away US forces’ locations—while they’re jogging.

Shane recommends Ronen Bergman’s new book on Israeli intelligence.

Tamara says, #ImWithVictor.

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Rational Security, Episode #149: The “Did You Vote For Us” Edition

FBI Director Christopher Wray resists administration pressure to clean house at the bureau. Bob Mueller’s Russia probe interviews Jeff Sessions and talks to Jim Comey. And Rex Tillerson presents a new U.S. strategy in Syria.

Tamara enlightens us about camel beauty.

Shane recommends a new Western.

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Rational Security, Episode #148: The “Are You Suuure” Edition

Hawaii authorities mistakenly warn citizens they’re about to be hit by a ballistic missile. The FBI warned Jared Kushner about his relationship with a prominent Chinese-American. And updates on L’Affaire Russe.

Tamara goes old school with a report on Russia.

Ben updates us on the Rational Security dating service.

Shane wants you to hear—and see—Sophia Yan live in concert.

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Rational Security, Episode #147: The “Bloody Nose” Edition

The Trump administration signals it may launch a military strike on North Korea—or not. The U.S. announces it’s cutting aid to Pakistan. And the originator of the Steele dossier tells his side of the story.

Ben starts a dating service.

Tamara says goodbye to a friend.

Susan shares the CIA director’s fudge recipe.

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Rational Security, Episode #146: The “Never Get Drunk With Australians” Edition

A wave of anti-government protests grips Iran. Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos may have been the impetus for the Russia investigation. And Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the US role in the war in Yemen and civilian casualties.

Shane recommends Jim Risen’s tell-all in The Intercept.

Ben and the Baby Cannons bid adieu to 2017.

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Rational Security, Episode #145: The “Beam Me Up, Santa” Edition

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a US citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq.

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Rational Security, Episode #144: The “Probing the Probe” Edition

Republicans question the integrity of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. President Trump says he will move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (Tamara’s suggested article for reference). And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a year-end address (or is it a farewell?) to State Department employees.

Shane recommends a new book about George Marshall’s mission to China.

Tamara takes note of the Saudis’ new interest in art.

Susan remembers the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook.

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