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What can we learn from Bin Laden's diary? (Getty Images)

Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the Bin Laden Files Hold?

The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them?

Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption

Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 9 in Beijing, China. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

How Jared Kushner’s Newspaper Became a Favorite Outlet for WikiLeaks Election Hacks

The New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law, was a friendly outlet for the 2016 Russian hackers.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

I Spent 5 Hours With Jeff Sessions So You Didn’t Have To

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to worry about a special prosecutor, and three other takeaways from the Attorney General’s latest Congressional testimony.

A U.S. soldier in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 25, 2009. (Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)

Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump Administration

As Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia rush to fill the vacuum of leadership in the Middle East, the United States is AWOL.

A deactivated Titan II  nuclear missile in Green Valley, Arizona on May 12, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C.

As a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in the Demilitarized Zone on October 27. (Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images)

SitRep: Pentagon Officials Open To Talks With North Korea

U.S. taking eye off South China Sea, Navy searching for way to 355 ships, Pentagon experimenting with new missile defenses

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter, Donald Cook, Carney, and Ross at Naval Station Rota, Spain on June 13. (U.S. Navy)

Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet

It’s been over a year since Trump promised dozens more warships.

Russia ambassador Vassily Nebenzia vetoes Syria chemical weapons resolution on October 24, 2017. (Timothy Clary/ AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Vetoes U.N. Effort to Finger Those Responsible for Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Nikki Haley warns U.S. is prepared to use military to enforce prohibition on Syrian chemical weapons use.

Rational Security on The E.R. tackles DMs and democracy.

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “DMs on the DL” Edition

Does democracy go down in the DMs? The folks at Lawfare discuss.

The insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on a member's uniform in al-Karamah, Syria on May 10. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

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