Rational Security, Episode #159: The “Return of Susan” Edition

Robert Mueller tells the president’s lawyers that Trump is the subject of a criminal investigation. Trump vows to pull the military out of Syria. And American troops may be heading to the US border with Mexico.

Shane asks you to join him for a book discussion.

Ben is upping the Rational Security drinking game.

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Rational Security, Episode #158: The “All the President’s Lawyers” Edition

Like Goldilocks in search of porridge, the president can’t seem to find the lawyer who’s just right. The U.S. expels Russian diplomats, but Trump continues to hold his fire against Putin. And Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress over Facebook’s role in Russian election interference.

Ben has some words for Twitter’s terms of service.

Danielle is excited for a new book on privacy.

Tamara is psyched for Madeline Albright’s new book.

Shane has a new favorite sticker.

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Rational Security, Episode #157: The “Shane-less” Edition

Our intrepid host is off in an undisclosed location, doing his reporting thing. Tamara is valiantly attempting to helm the podcast in his absence.

This week: What we’ve learned—and what we still don’t know—about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, and the 2016 campaign. Putin’s re-election and Trump’s congratulations. There’s a lot of fuss over leaking the president’s briefing paper. Do we care? What should this episode tell us?

Also: Deals deals deals! Trump brought posterboards to the Oval Office to show off how much of our stuff the Saudis are buying. At the same time, the New York Times reports that George Nader and RNC vice chair Elliott Broidy have been making deals of their own to influence the Trump administration, reportedly using laundered money.

In an article with Quinta, Ben tries to capture, Robert Mueller’s ethereal and mysterious nature.

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Rational Security, Episode #156: The “Rex, Eat the Salad” Edition

Rex Tillerson is out at the State Department, and Mike Pompeo will leave CIA to take his place. The British government blames Russia for a brazen poisoning plot—but President Trump is not so sure. And Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee wrap up their Russia probe.

Scott tells us about a document so transparent you can’t even see it.

Tamara runs for a friend.

Shane is engaged in dangerous drinking.

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Rational Security, Episode #155: The “Ben Sucks and Also a Lot of News Happened” Edition

Special Counsel Robert Mueller zeroes in on a mysterious Lebanese businessman. What do elections in Italy portend for democracy in Europe? And North Korea signals it’s willing to cut a deal with the U.S.

Shannon is contemplating the security implications of Barbra Streisand and her cloned dogs.

Tamara shares a slide show of her trip to Riyadh.

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Rational Security, Episode #154: The “Downgraded” Edition

Jared Kushner is under scrutiny for his contacts with foreign officials. Democrats in Congress release their own memo about surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. And ahead of a U.S. visit by Saudi Arabia’s future king, how are his reforms playing out on the ground?

Ben recommends Max Boot’s new book.

Shane discovers his roots—and is not surprised.

Tamara is back from Saudi Arabia with treasures.

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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 #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 #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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