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President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 13. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Slippery ‘Spirit’ of Nixing the Iran Deal

Obama's JCPOA terms actually give the White House sound legal footing for decertification. But now Trump owns the consequences.

The U.S. House of Representatives chamber on Dec. 8, 2008. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Congress Wants to Tie the Intelligence Community’s Hands for No Reason

Reforming national security law for the sake of reform is never a good idea.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

America Will Always Lose Russia’s Tit-for-Tat Spy Games

In the asymmetric warfare of espionage, playing fair means Moscow wins.

The aftermath of a car bomb in Mogadishu in July (STR/AFP/Getty Images).

Not All Amnesty Deals Are Made the Same

Somalia offered a deal to al-Shabab fighters willing to lay down their arms. Here’s why it didn’t work.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (L), R-N.C.; and Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., hold a news conference on the status of the committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 4, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Is Dropping the Ball on Trump’s Obstruction of Justice

And six other things we’ve learned about the Senate’s Russia investigation.

Then-campaign manager Paul Manafort checks the teleprompters before Donald Trump's 2016 campaign speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Paul Manafort Isn’t a Deep-State Martyr

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says he’s the victim of dirty tricks. But national security investigators don’t play games.

A general view taken on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 26, 2017 shows people gathering around a flower tibute for the victims of last week's deadly attacks during a march against terrorism which slogan is #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid).
Tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners stagged a defiant march against terror through Barcelona following last week's deadly vehicle rampages. The Mediterranean city is in mourning after a van ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside town of Cambrils.
 / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Is There Any Defense Against Low-Tech Terror?

The Catalonia attacks are a case study in the future of violent extremism. Governments need to figure out how to respond.

US President Donald Trump walks from motorcycle police to Air Force One at Indianapolis International Airport on September 27, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Systematic, Deliberate Deception Is an Impeachable Offense

The president cannot be excused just because he is a politician who feels entitled to play the game.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls.

Moscow knows that activists, religious groups, and NGOs are democracy’s soft underbelly.

Fort Meade, UNITED STATES:  A computer workstation bears the National Security Agency (NSA) logo inside the Threat Operations Center inside the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, intelligence gathering operation 25 January 2006 after US President George W. Bush delivered a speech behind closed doors and met with employees in advance of Senate hearings on the much-criticized domestic surveillance.   AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS  (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the NSA Doing More Harm Than Good in Not Disclosing Exploits?

Inside the complicated national security calculus behind disclosing zero-day vulnerabilities.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Things to Hate About Mueller

A short list of very good, serious, totally factual reasons to be suspicious of the special counsel’s motives.

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