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A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings scholars Tamara Cofman Wittes, Benjamin Wittes, and Susan Hennessey.

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A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings scholars Tamara Cofman Wittes, Benjamin Wittes, and Susan Hennessey.

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Susan, while I appreciate your enthusiasm,

By sayporkypig - Jan 23 2020
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please stop yelling into the microphone. It hurts.

245 is the best episode yet.

By jm_hodge - Jan 17 2020
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So well argued and poignant

iTunes Ratings

1440 Ratings
Average Ratings
1348
45
12
12
23

Susan, while I appreciate your enthusiasm,

By sayporkypig - Jan 23 2020
Read more
please stop yelling into the microphone. It hurts.

245 is the best episode yet.

By jm_hodge - Jan 17 2020
Read more
So well argued and poignant
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Rational Security

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

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Rank #1: The "Drinking on the Job" Edition

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Gina Haspel faces an uphill climb to become the next CIA Director. Former FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe may face criminal charges. And the Democratic National Committee files suit over the 2016 theft of its emails.

Apr 25 2018

51mins

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Rank #2: The “I Don’t Get Confused” Edition

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Jim Comey has a few words to say. Nikki Haley is not confused about anything. And Mike Pompeo makes a surprise trip to North Korea.

Apr 18 2018

54mins

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Rank #3: The “Quid, Meet Quo” Edition

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine delivers devastating testimony about a quid pro quo. The White House chief of staff says that quid pro quo was real—then says it wasn’t. Plus the latest breaking news on the impeachment inquiry, and what to watch for next.

Oct 24 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: “The World is a Very Dangerous Place!” Edition

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Paul Manafort heads to sentencing amid revelations that he has lied to the special counsel, cooperated with Trump’s legal team, and may have met with Julian Assange. The president stands by Saudi Arabia and its crown prince whom the CIA says ordered the murder of a journalist. And President Trump heads off to meet with world leaders at the G20 Summit.

Nov 29 2018

56mins

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Rank #5: The 'Flying the Quiet Skies' Edition

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The National Security Council has a (very brief) meeting on election security. The TSA has been quietly tracking air travelers for years. And President Trump says he’s willing to meet Iran’s president without conditions. Plus: Predictions! Who will Robert Mueller indict next?

Aug 02 2018

55mins

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Rank #6: The "No Deal Goes Unpunished" Edition

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President Trump decides to undo the Iran deal. Gina Haspel faces a grilling in the Senate. And Devin Nunes wants information that intelligence officials fear could jeopardize a source.

May 09 2018

50mins

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Rank #7: The “Individual-1 and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" Edition

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The gang breaks down one helluva day. Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and what it means for the president.

Aug 23 2018

54mins

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Rank #8: The Cult-like Atmosphere Edition

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The first witnesses testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry. A jury deliberates Roger Stone’s fate. And Turkey’s president Erdogan visits Washington.

Nov 15 2019

55mins

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Rank #9: The “What Did We Miss?” Edition

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President Trump has one of the most tumultuous, and possible disastrous, weeks of his presidency. The president then lashes out at his political enemies in unprecedented ways. And the Justice Department releases, for the first time ever, a warrant application to the secretive FISA Court.

Jul 25 2018

51mins

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Rank #10: The "-1" Edition

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The House Intelligence Committee submits its impeachment report, and the Judiciary Committee takes up the baton. Also, friend of the podcast Sophia Yan gives us an on-the-ground report from China.

Dec 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: The "Washed Up Psychos" Edition

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Robert Mueller speaks! What does it mean for the future of investigations and possible impeachment hearings? Bill Barr is given new authorities to declassify information about the Russia probe. And Jared Kushner says he finally has a plan for Middle East peace.

Jun 05 2019

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Rank #12: The "New Digs" Edition

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A bombshell new book shows the Trump presidency on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The US pulls funding for a Palestinian relief agency. And the president lashed out again at the attorney general and the Justice Department.

Sep 06 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: The "Sensitive Compartmented Kushner" Edition

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Why does senior White House adviser Jared Kushner have a security clearance? President Trump comes back from a summit meeting with Kim Jong Un empty-handed. And the NSA has apparently stopped a controversial surveillance program that collected Americans’ phone records.

Mar 07 2019

56mins

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Rank #14: The "Special Relationship" Edition

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The British ambassador to the U.S. resigns after his candid opinions on President Trump are leaked. Federal prosecutors intensify their investigation of a top Trump fundraiser. And a malicious conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC staffer was planted by Russian intelligence agents.

Jul 10 2019

50mins

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Rank #15: The "Mar-a-Lago Thumb Drive Lady" Edition

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A White House official claims more than two dozen denials for security clearances were overturned. Six months after Saudi agents killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, what has changed in the U.S-Saudi relationship? And oversight committees gear up for the post-Mueller era.

Apr 03 2019

56mins

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Rank #16: The "Follow Your Lodestar" Edition

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John Bolton comes out swinging in his first major speech as national security adviser. Is Russia behind a mysterious string of illnesses at U.S. diplomatic facilities? And Trump administration officials met with coup plotters in Venezuela.

Sep 13 2018

53mins

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Rank #17: The “There’s No Whimpering in Podcasting” Edition

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A senior National Security Council official testifies about Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine. The U.S. military kills the leader of ISIS. And an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe takes a turn.

Oct 30 2019

51mins

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Rank #18: The "Four-Letter Words that Start with F" Edition

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Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate in the Russia investigation, and Mike Flynn gets a sentencing date. The Justice Department tells two Chinese media companies to register as foreign agents. And Trump declassifies more material about the surveillance of one of his campaign advisers.

Sep 21 2018

56mins

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Rank #19: The "Acting" Edition

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Shane and Tamara and Susan are all away—so Rational Security is dominated this week by acting officials. The acting secretary of defense has been replaced by another acting defense secretary, and much of the rest of the government is vacant as well. Congress and the Trump administration are still butting heads over oversight matters and compliance with congressional information demands for information. And the New York Times reports that U.S. hackers are in the Russian power grid—and want the Russians to know that they're there.

Jun 19 2019

54mins

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Rank #20: The "Every Day Feels Like Halloween" Edition

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Attempted bombings and a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue once again force us to confront domestic terrorism. Top U.S. officials call for a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen. And a bizarre and apparently fake attempt to spear Special Counsel Robert Mueller prompts an FBI investigation.

Nov 01 2018

54mins

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