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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Rational Security, Episode #117: The “Glowing Orb of Peace” Edition

Donald Trump tours the Middle East and insists peace is within reach. Robert Mueller is tapped as the new special counsel overseeing the Trump-Russia probe. And one very special podcast panelist spills his guts to the New York Times.

Tamara is playing dress up with the scotch.

          

Quinta sees a sign of things to come.

Ben bought a cannon. No really.

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Rational Security, Episode #116: The “Chatterbox-in-Chief” Edition

President Trump lets the Russians in on a little secret. Jim Comey has been taking notes—of his meetings with the president. And what do this week’s extraordinary events tell us about where we are in this still unfolding national drama?

Susan is moving on to gin.

Shane is under attack.

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Rational Security, Episode #115: The “Obi-Wan Comey” Edition

Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. The gang shares their reactions. Then, we’ll dig into Rod Rosenstein’s role in Comey’s sudden departure. Finally, what does his dismissal mean for the future of the Russia investigation and the FBI?

Shane is stocking up for end times.

Susan is looking up.

Ben has another advanced degree.

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Rational Security, Episode #114: The “Intelligence Porn” Edition

FBI Director James Comey says the idea he could have swayed the presidential election makes him “mildly nauseous.” President Trump is reaching out to autocrats and adversaries. Is it paying off? And the NSA reins in some of its surveillance operations.

Shane was walking the red (purple) carpet with the glamorous co-hosts of Rational Security.

Quinta wants to bring your attention to a new Lawfare resource page on the Russia Connection.

Susan’s throne has been restored to its rightful place.

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Rational Security, Episode #113: The “SF-86’ed” Edition

Mike Flynn is back in hot water over money he took from foreign sources. The Senate Intelligence Committee is beefing up for a long investigation of Russian meddling in the election. And FBI Director Jim Comey is back in the spotlight again this week amid questions of how he handled the Clinton and Trump investigations.

Ben discovers a new treat thanks to a most excellent listener.

Quinta is contemplating the president’s two Twitter accounts.

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Rational Security, Episode #112: The “Vinson Lose Some” Edition

North Korea’s missile launch fizzles, but the ripples spread far and wide. CIA Director Mike Pompeo calls WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence service. And does the Globalist/Nationalist war in the White House really matter in the absence of a coherent foreign policy?

Susan has been blocked by Dr. Gorka.

Tamara remembers the Oklahoma City bombing.

Shane knows if you’re lying.

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Rational Security, Episode #111: The “Battle to the Death Watch” Edition

Former Trump adviser Carter Page is reportedly the target of a FISA warrant. The U.S. launches a cruise missile strike in Syria, and maybe sends a not so subtle signal to China on North Korea. And is the Trump administration’s foreign policy “unpredictable” by design, or just incoherent?

Susan wants your help with some menacing jewelry.

Tamara is solving Middle East peace on the back of a napkin.

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