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Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee listen to testimony from Intelligence officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Into Lack of Whistleblower Protections for Spies

Senate leaders across party lines are concerned intelligence community watchdogs are failing to protect whistleblowers.

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover: The UAE Is Paying Ex-CIA Officers to Build a Spy Empire in the Gulf

They hired Americans to professionalize their intelligence service. But how far can former U.S. spies go?

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on Dec. 1, in Washington, DC.(Brendan Smialowksi/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law

Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.

Michael Flynn after his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal

It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump — or a revelation of Robert Mueller’s weak hand.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) arrives at the Capitol ahead of the weekly party luncheons September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Legislators from both parties are preparing for an intense calendar of issues in the coming weeks including tax and immigration reform. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Senate’s Russia Investigators Need to Slow Down

The chairman is trying to hurry to wrap things up, but there's a ton more work to do.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Trump Jr.’s Meeting Evidence of a Conspiracy or a Circus?

A meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. has made a Russian attorney and an Azerbaijani pop star household names.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn-in before testifing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A Shining Comey on a Hill

Can the former FBI director lead us back to our better selves?

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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.

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The Coldest Case

Eugene Mallove gave up everything to pursue the holy grail of nuclear energy. Did it cost him his life?

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The Complicated and Contradictory Legacy of Harry Wu

In life, he was one of China’s most respected dissidents. In death, a darker tale of extortion and sexual misconduct threatens to tarnish his legacy.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA:  Anders Kompass, representante del Alto Comisiondado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala, responde preguntas de la prensa en Ciudad de Guatemala, el 13 de Febrero de 2006. Para la ONU la complejidad del fenomeno de la violencia en Guatemala se agudiza por la debilidad en los sistemas de informacion y analisis y por escasa capacidad de la Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) y del Ministerio Publico (MP) para investigar y esclarecer los delitos. El 2005, segun la ONU, fue el mas violento de los ultimos anos en lo que se refiere al derecho de la vida en Guatemala, al registrarse 5.338 homicidios.  AFP   PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.  (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Tightens Noose on U.N. Rights Official Who Exposed Abuses

U.N. investigators expand investigation into veteran U.N. human rights official who disclosed abuses against children in the Central African Republic.

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CIA Ignored Its Own Lessons in Turning to Torture After 9/11

For decades, the CIA has known and acknowledged that torture doesn't work. Yet that's what it sought in the aftermath of 9/11.

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When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

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