Rational Security, Episode #143: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition

Mike Flynn is cooperating with Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice. Deutsche Bank has been told to hand over information about Trump-related finances. And the national security adviser tries to make Trump into a modern-day Ronald Reagan.

Susan highlights a thoughtful discussion on women in national security.

Shane is taking Kim Jung Un…rationally.

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Rational Security, Episode #142: “The Power of Delusional Thinking” Edition

Mike Flynn signals that he may be cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation. President Trump thinks the investigation may be nearing its end. And the U.S. plans to stay in Syria even after ISIS is defeated.

Shane does not welcome our new robot overlords.

Tamara shares an open letter on #MeTooNatSec.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rational Security, Episode #141: The “Mother May I Launch a Missile” Edition

Should the president have the sole authority to launch nuclear missiles? President Trump designates North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. And the “grownups” in charge of national security are exhausted.

Ben is thankful that Baby Cannon has a new uncle.

Susan is thankful for the men and women of the intelligence community. And for her fellow podcasters.

Tamara is thankful for our student listeners.

Shane is thankful for his mom.

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Rational Security, Episode #140: The “DMs on the DL” Edition

The FBI is investigating an alleged kidnapping scheme involving ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. And author and scholar Yascha Mounk breaks down the breakdown in democracy.

Ben has your holiday gift wrapping needs covered.

Yascha joins the Baby Cannon Society.

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Rational Security, Episode #139: The “Mr. Page Goes to Washington” Edition

Trump campaign adviser Carter Page says officials knew about his conversations with Russians. The Saudi government launches an alleged anti-corruption push, but is it really a power grab? And CIA Director Mike Pompeo is entertaining an alternate theory about the Russia hacks.

Tamara shares some depressing statistics about the Foreign Service.

Ben is unmasking, and drinking.

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Rational Security, Episode #138: The “Million Dollars in Rugs” Edition

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveils the first indictments in his sprawling investigation, and a surprise plea agreement. We’ll talk about the significance of his moves and where the investigation might be heading next. Plus, New York experiences the deadliest act of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.

Shane has hired new security guards.

Is Susan wearing a wire?

Ben adds some new cannons to the family.

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Rational Security, Episode #137: The “How Many Elephants Make a Stampede?” Edition

Leading GOP lawmakers say there’s nothing normal about the Trump administration. The deaths of four Americans in Niger raise new questions about the legal footing of the U.S. fight against terrorism. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to have no plan for future Russian election meddling.

Tamara is celebrating nat sec conversation.

Ben says, “C is for cookie, and for cannon.”

Shane and Susan think Jim Comey should cut an album.

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Rational Security, Episode #136: The “Decertified” Edition

President Trump says Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the deal to curtail its nuclear program. Russian trolls and propagandists speak out. And an American woman and her family are freed after five years in captivity in Afghanistan.

Julia recommends a new documentary on Russian doping.

Tamara hearts Guam.

Shane recommends a new TV series on the FBI profilers.

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Rational Security, Episode #135: The “Adult Day Care” Edition

A leading GOP senator warns that President Trump risks starting “World War III.” Russia hacks the NSA using popular Russian anti-virus software. And Congress starts the bidding over a key surveillance law.

Shane recalls his own experience with Kaspersky software.

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Rational Security, Episode #134: The “Moron” Edition

President Trump tells Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he’s wasting his time negotiating with North Korea. A gunman opens fire in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in at least half a century. And an American is being held in Syria as an enemy combatant.

Shane recommends a new podcast.

Tamara also recommends a new podcast!

Ben has a special invitation for the special counsel.

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