Rational Security, Episode #127: The “Fire and Fury” Edition

President Trump warns North Korea not to “make any more threats to the United States” with its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces a new crackdown on press leaks. And the Russia investigation heats up with a grand jury and a pre-dawn raid.

A big thank you to our listeners for their Twitter love last week. Check out our Twitter moment of your fabulous cocktail suggestions!

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Rational Security, Episode #126: The “Send in the Adults” Edition

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly takes charge at the White House. Republican senators come to the defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And President Trump finds himself personally entangled in the controversy over a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower.

Ben’s baby cannon has a new sibling.

Tamara is giving mugs away.

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Rational Security, Episode #125: The “Beleaguered” Edition

President Trump attacks Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Hillary Clinton and Russia. Jared Kushner talks to congressional investigators about his meetings with Russians. And Shane and Tamara bring back reports from the field.

Tamara got good swag in Jordan.

Susan is the bomb(shell).

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Rational Security, Episode #124: The “Wray of Sunshine” Edition

The Senate questions FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign over leaked emails. And the UAE is reportedly behind a cyber attack that led to upheaval in the Gulf region.

Shane is traveling through the mists of time.

Ben is still waiting to hear from Vladimir Putin.

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Rational Security, Episode #123: The “Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue” Edition

President Trump’s eldest son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to get Russian government dirt on Hillary Clinton. Iraqi forces liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS. And Trump and Putin sit down for their first face-to-face meeting.

Ben notes the timelessness of Hamilton.

Susan has Comey tapes!

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Rational Security, Episode #122: “The Smoke and the Gun” Edition

The first signs of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia emerge. State Department employees say they’re uncertain about the future of their work under the Trump administration. And the president is facing a crisis in North Korea as he prepares to meet with world leaders, including Vladimir Putin.

Shane thinks the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court can solve all kinds of problems.

Ben and Baby Cannon are drawing up targets.

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Rational Security, Episode #121: The “Russian Chokehold” Edition

Obama may not have responded forcefully enough to Russian meddling. But is Trump responding at all? A diplomatic crisis in the Gulf is the first major test of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. And the Supreme Court agrees to take up Trump’s travel ban.

Susan has found the Italian loophole in aviation security, and it’s delicious.

Ben has found a new source of power.

Tamara has a video you should watch.

(start around 04:30:00)

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Rational Security, Episode #120: “The Sessions Deathwatch” Edition

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his contacts with Russia. New information shows that thirty-nine states were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. And President Trump gives the military authority to ramp the number of troops in Afghanistan.

The gang says thanks to our super fans.

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Rational Security, Episode #119: “The Door by the Grandfather Clock” Edition

It’s been a huge two days for news on the Trump/Russia/Comey front. We’ll round it up. There’s a new crisis in the Persian Gulf. And just when you thought it was safe to go back to the polls, there are new revelations of Russia targeting the elections system.

Ben notes that Trump nominated a new FBI director. Who knew!

And the gang thanks our many loyal listeners for their boozy generosity.

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Rational Security, Episode #118: The “Covfefe” Edition

Jared Kushner wanted a back-channel to talk to the Russians. In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, the Brits question whether the U.S. can keep secrets. And in the wake of Trump’s meeting with NATO leaders, where do U.S.-European relations go from here?

The gang has a new photo.

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