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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Rational Security, Episode #110: The “3rd Triple Entente Beer Summit” Edition

At the Third Triple Entente Beer Summit, the usual Rational Security Gang joins up with Stewart Baker and Michael Vatis of the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast to discuss airstrikes in Syria, the misadventures of Devin Nunes, and Steve Bannon’s ouster from the National Security Council.

Stewart recommends Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich.

Shane does some sleuthing.

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Rational Security, Episode #109: The “We Need to Talk About Devin” Edition

Devin Nunes throws a wrench into the House’s Russia investigation. Meanwhile, the Senate investigation hasn’t come off the rails. And should countries declare certain kinds of cyber attacks off limits?

Tamara is inspired by a Tweet storm.

Ben is surrendering his byline, sort of.

Quinta is imagining a list that wasn’t.

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Rational Security, Episode #108: The “What’s the Russian Word for ‘Edition’?” Edition

FBI Director James Comey makes it official: There is an investigation into Trump links to Russia. The top Democrat in the House investigating the Russian hacks makes a plea for civic virtue. And is Donald Trump his own worst enemy or his best defender?

Shane is reflecting on George W. Bush, painter.

Ben is easily bought by a federal judge.

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Rational Security, Episode #107: The “Guns, Butter, and Palace Intrigue” Edition

The Trump administration expands operations against ISIS and al Qaeda. The administration wants to shrink the budget for the State Department. And what do personnel moves tell us about who’s in charge of the national security apparatus?

Susan has one thing you should read this week.

Tamara wants to hear more from Rex Tillerson.

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Rational Security, Episode #106: The “Tapp My Wires” Edition

Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama of tapping his phones, and all hell breaks loose. WikiLeaks releases thousands of pages of information on CIA hacking tools. And North Korea launches missiles that may or may not have been hacked by the NSA.

Ben is coining a new phrase.

Shane has a hot ticket.

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Rational Security, Episode #105: The “Kislyak of Death” Edition

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire for his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, while the Trump administration tries to deflect attention on Russia investigations. Is it time to appoint a special prosecutor to look into President Trump’s potential links to Russia? And the U.S. carries out new airstrikes in Yemen while questions linger over a recent raid against Al Qaeda.

Ben has a new “letter opener,” and we’re terrified.

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Susan bestows another award on Ben.

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Shane has thoughts about Warren Beatty and leadership.

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Rational Security, Episode #104: The “Death Without Dignity” Edition

President Trump selects Army general H.R. McMaster as as his national security adviser after a turbulent search. A rival to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is murdered under bizarre circumstances in a Malaysian airport. And Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But is Bibi on the way out?

Tamara wants your ideas for H.R. McMaster’s reading list.

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Shane reflects on style.

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Ben is using a postal service we shall not name.

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