N.S.A. Installs Trump Loyalist as Top Lawyer Days Before Biden Takes Office
by Julian E. Barnes and Michael S. Schmidt on January 18, 2021 at 12:33 am
The acting defense secretary ordered the spy agency to appoint Michael Ellis, who has been accused of having a hand in one of the Trump administration’s most contentious legal decisions.
Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Tests Regional Resolve to Control Migration
by Kirk Semple and Nic Wirtz on January 17, 2021 at 10:57 pm
As many as 7,000 migrants from Central America are hoping to reach the United States to escape poverty intensified by hurricanes and the pandemic. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has pledged to […]
Fact check: Pictures show Nancy Pelosi at impeachment hearing, not arrest
on January 17, 2021 at 10:41 pm
The photographs show Pelosi walking through the Capitol in Washington on the day the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump ...
Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump
by Michael S. Schmidt and Kenneth P. Vogel on January 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm
The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.
No, Marine Corps didn't rebuff Pelosi's request for inauguration security
on January 17, 2021 at 9:22 pm
I answer only to the president, and as I understand it, Donald J. Trump is still president and commander-in-chief. I abide in the Constitution as it was ...
What’s It Like to Have Kamala Harris as ‘Momala’? We Asked Her Stepkids
by Jessica Bennett on January 17, 2021 at 9:20 pm
A Zoom interview with Ella and Cole Emhoff.
Fact check: No, impeachment itself would not ban Trump from a 2024 run
on January 17, 2021 at 8:44 pm
Fact check: No, impeachment itself would not ban Trump from a 2024 run. Washington (CNN)--A viral tweet, that now has been deleted, claimed that ...
How Republicans Are Warping Reality Around the Capitol Attack
by Astead W. Herndon on January 17, 2021 at 8:26 pm
Loyalists to President Trump are increasingly relying on conspiracy theories and misinformation, drawing false equivalence with last summer’s racial protests and blaming outside agitators.
After Trump's Twitter ban, critics want other populists like Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and India's ...
on January 17, 2021 at 5:28 pm
President Trump's social media ban has opened a can of worms for tech firms who face calls from ... The firm does not fact-check lies in political ads.
The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post
by Tia Sewell on January 17, 2021 at 5:28 pm
Jen Patja Howell shared this week’s edition of Rational Security, featuring commentary on President-elect Biden’s latest national security appointments and discussion of the historic […]
Did The New York Times Report in 1924 That Hitler Was 'Tamed by Prison'?
on January 17, 2021 at 3:56 pm
Some commentators drew comparisons between Trump's role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and the Munich Putsch, a 1923 operation by Adolf Hitler and ...
Jan. 17 — Mayor Bowser, Dr. Fauci, Sen. Booker & Rep. Mace
by Chuck Todd, NBC News on January 17, 2021 at 3:51 pm
Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser (D) talks to Meet the Press about the security preparations in Washington, DC ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration. Sen. Cory Booker […]
Far-right activist is among the latest Capitol rioters to be arrested.
by Isabella Grullón Paz and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs on January 17, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Negotiating Peace in Iraq’s Disputed Territories: Modifying the Sinjar Agreement
by Shamiran Mako on January 17, 2021 at 3:01 pm
Editor’s Note: Iraq faces many knotty political problems, and one of the most difficult concerns the population in the area near the border with Turkey and Syria. There, the legacy of […]
Facebook banned Trump. Leaders who say worse often go unpunished
on January 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm
The company says it has since hired staff in Sri Lanka and formed partnerships with two local news organizations to help fact-check posts.
Loews Hotels Says it Won't Host a Fund-Raiser with Senate Josh Hawley
by Michael Levenson on January 17, 2021 at 2:06 pm
The decision to call off the event was the latest indication that many companies are distancing themselves from Republicans who voted to overturn the election results.
Biden, Harris to Introduce Members of White House Science Team
by Michael Crowley on January 17, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day.
by Michael Crowley on January 17, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Justice Sotomayor has sworn in a vice president before.
Letter: Despite Twitter ban, Trump can still speak freely
on January 17, 2021 at 1:03 pm
However, these journalists would fact check his remarks. He can still speak freely. He just can't lie with impunity. That's what was taken away by the ...
Fact-checking a top Pa. Republican who said false election claims didn't play 'any role' in the ...
on January 17, 2021 at 9:56 am
Trump's campaign itself hasn't presented any such evidence in its numerous legal challenges contesting the result. Rather, its legal efforts have been ...
A man with a gun arrested by Capitol Police at a security checkpoint calls it an ‘honest mistake.’
by Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Katie Benner on January 17, 2021 at 2:42 am
The man was arrested on Friday with more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck, the police said. He told a reporter he was heading to a security job in Washington and got lost.
Facebook will temporarily stop showing ads for gun accessories and military gear.
by Isabella Grullón Paz on January 16, 2021 at 11:06 pm
New inquiries into the Capitol assault aim to address security lapses before Biden’s inauguration.
by Aishvarya Kavi on January 16, 2021 at 10:25 pm
The House and Senate GOP are operating in different political universes
by Paul Kane on January 16, 2021 at 9:36 pm
One caucus lives in the real world. The other occupies Trump’s alternate universe.
Who Is MyPillow C.E.O. Mike Lindell, One of Trump's Last Remaining Supporters From Corporate America?
by Annie Karni on January 16, 2021 at 8:56 pm
NOT REAL NEWS: False stories from this week about Capitol rioters, Donald Trump, Insurrection Act
on January 16, 2021 at 8:03 pm
FBI did not issue statement clearing Trump for Capitol insurrection. Claim: The FBI has cleared President Donald Trump "of any guilt, any connection" to ...
Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation
by Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker on January 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm
In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration […]
Before the Capitol Riot, Calls for Cash and Talk of Revolution
by David D. Kirkpatrick, Mike McIntire and Christiaan Triebert on January 16, 2021 at 6:54 pm
A network of far-right agitators across the country spent weeks organizing and raising money for a mass action to overturn President Trump’s election loss.
Biden promises a ‘bold’ federal vaccination campaign.
by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Katie Thomas on January 16, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Trump Will Leave Office With His Lowest Approval Rating Ever
by Annie Karni on January 16, 2021 at 6:14 pm
He also appears to be on track to finish his term with the lowest final approval rating of any modern-day president.
For one of the first times in his life, Trump’s words are having consequences for him.
by Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman on January 16, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Biden’s claim about employment of ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses
by Glenn Kessler on January 16, 2021 at 3:21 pm
The president-elect said "mom-and-pop" small businesses employ more than big corporations. That might be a stretch depending on the metric you use.
Security tightens as law enforcement raises fresh alarms about extremist plots.
by Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Schmitt on January 16, 2021 at 1:58 pm
Videos show how a rioter was trampled in the stampede at the Capitol.
by Evan Hill, Arielle Ray and Dahlia Kozlowsky on January 16, 2021 at 1:58 pm
America’s Second-Worst Scenario
by Barton Gellman on January 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm
So far, cumulative acts of civic virtue have saved the republic. But the constitutional order is still in danger.
The 2021 NDAA, White Supremacy and Domestic Extremism
by Steve Stransky on January 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm
In early January, Congress overcame a presidential veto and enacted the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2021 (NDAA). The NDAA includes important requirements for how federal agencies […]
Pramila Jayapal Is ‘Next-Level’ Angry
by Elaine Godfrey on January 15, 2021 at 8:38 pm
The congresswoman tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering with Republicans who refused to wear masks.
Cyber ‘Deterrence’: A Brexit Analogy
by Ciaran Martin on January 15, 2021 at 8:37 pm
“Brexit means Brexit” started out its life in the U.K. as a spectacularly successful political slogan four and a half years ago. It sounded authoritative and purposeful, yet at the same […]
How to Make the National Cyber Director Position Work
by Andrew J. Grotto on January 15, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Over the new year, Congress overrode President Trump’s veto to enact into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2021—an annual piece of legislation that lays out […]
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Tia Sewell on January 15, 2021 at 7:24 pm
Politico outlined how President Trump’s impeachment trial will proceed, now that the House has voted affirmatively to impeach him for the historic second time in his term. The trial is expected […]
Can a Former President Be Impeached and Convicted?
by Keith E. Whittington on January 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm
I have a great deal of respect for former Judge Michael Luttig, and so one should think twice when one finds oneself in disagreement with him. I have previously argued that former presidents can be […]
How Could Law Enforcement Have Investigated Before the Capitol Riot?
by Sean Joyce, David Kris on January 15, 2021 at 5:08 pm
The day after what he called “the siege at the Capitol,” FBI Director Chris Wray vowed that the bureau “will hold accountable those who participated in” the attack. Arrests […]
Mike Pence Has Nowhere to Go
by Peter Nicholas on January 15, 2021 at 5:05 pm
The vice president has no obvious place in GOP electoral politics.
Joe Biden’s Looming War on White Supremacy
by Ronald Brownstein on January 15, 2021 at 4:55 pm
The insurrection could spur a federal-government crackdown on white-nationalist groups, as well as strengthen the case for systemic police reform.
Report Details Justice Department's Push to Separate Immigrant Families
by Jacob Schulz on January 15, 2021 at 4:44 pm
The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department released a report detailing a number of failures surrounding the Justice Department's 2018 "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy. That […]
A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege
by Herb Lin, Amy Zegart on January 15, 2021 at 4:01 pm
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who was beaten to death while […]
NSA Releases Appendix to Rules Governing SIGINT Collection
by Jacob Schulz on January 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm
The National Security Agency (NSA) released on Jan. 13 a document pertaining to the rules governing signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection. The document, referred to as the SIGINT Annex, is an […]
Explaining the SIGINT Annex
by David Kris on January 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm
There is an old joke, still funny to some of us, that the NSA is the only part of the federal government that really listens. The NSA is the nation’s main collector of signals intelligence, or […]
Cyberattack Attribution as Empowerment and Constraint
by Kristen Eichensehr on January 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm
Pdf version When a state seeks to defend itself against a cyberattack, must it first identify the perpetrator responsible? The US policy of “defend forward” and “persistent […]
Are There Shortcuts for the U.S. to Rejoin the Open Skies Treaty?
by Stephen Rademaker on January 15, 2021 at 1:01 pm
President Trump has moved aggressively over the course of his administration to withdraw the United States from a variety of treaties and other international agreements. Most recently, the […]
The Boogaloo Bois Prepare for Civil War
by Michael J. Mooney on January 15, 2021 at 12:18 pm
As the FBI warns of violence, anti-government extremists are ready to get in on the chaos.
The Lawfare Podcast: David Kris on the NSA Annex
by Jen Patja Howell on January 15, 2021 at 10:01 am
The NSA this week released a long-awaited update to its signals intelligence policy, which had not been updated since 1988. David Kris, former assistant attorney general for the National Security […]
Fact check: Trump loses several perks only if there's an impeachment conviction by Jan. 20
on January 15, 2021 at 5:38 am
Fact check: Trump loses several perks only if there's an impeachment conviction by Jan. 20. Devon Link, USA TODAY. Sun., January 17, 2021, 4:20 p.m. ...
Fault Lines: Are We Bangui? Continued Crisis on Capitol Hill
by Lester Munson on January 14, 2021 at 10:10 pm
This week, Congress contemplates how to respond to the attack on January 6th. Les, Loren, Jamil, and Jodi discuss how the legislative branch should move forward and news out of China that you may […]
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Tia Sewell on January 14, 2021 at 8:15 pm
The House impeached President Trump yesterday in a 232-197 vote, making him the first U.S. president to ever be impeached twice, reports the New York Times. Ten members of the Republican party broke […]
Reassessing the Carter Administration 40 Years Later
by Bruce Riedel on January 14, 2021 at 7:01 pm
PDF Version A review of “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster, September 2020) *** The first ever book-length biography of our 39th president, […]
The Biden Administration and International Climate Change Policy and Action
by Robert N. Stavins on January 14, 2021 at 4:59 pm
On Jan. 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. He will face an unprecedented set of challenges, including global climate change—one of four stated policy […]
SolarWinds Is Bad, but Retreat From Defend Forward Would Be Worse
by Gary Corn on January 14, 2021 at 4:01 pm
The SolarWinds breach has kicked up a lot of dust. It’s thick, obscuring and deeply concerning. It’s also a long way from settling. But that hasn’t slowed the quick and steady […]
Felony Murder and the Storming of the Capitol
by Carissa Byrne Hessick on January 14, 2021 at 2:19 pm
When the news broke that people had been killed during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, commentators began speculating that at least some of the pro-Trump rioters could be charged with murder—in […]
Social Media Companies Need Better Emergency Protocols
by Daniel Byman, Aditi Joshi on January 14, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos. Online vitriol, especially in the hands of widely-followed, influential, and well-resourced politicians and governments, can have […]
The Lawfare Podcast: Jonathan Zittrain on the Great Deplatforming
by Jen Patja Howell on January 14, 2021 at 10:01 am
Yesterday, January 13, the House of Representatives impeached President Trump a second time for encouraging the violent riot in the Capitol Building on January 6. And yet, the impeachment is probably […]
Rational Security: The 'So Not-Nice They Impeached Him Twice' Edition
by Jen Patja Howell on January 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm
The House impeaches President Trump—again—for his role in stoking an attack on the Capitol. President-elect Biden announces more national security appointments, including his nominee to […]
Necessary and Insufficient: The Problems Impeachment Does Not Solve
by Benjamin Wittes on January 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm
And so they impeached him. What else could they do? They could not ignore his behavior over the months since his election defeat—the pattern of behavior that culminated in the president’s […]
The Big Story: America After Trump
on January 13, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Atlantic writers will discuss the future of democracy after last week’s insurrection, live at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday.
I Asked My Colleagues to Wear Masks. They Laughed.
by Lisa Blunt Rochester on January 13, 2021 at 7:06 pm
Delaware’s congresswoman thought she might die in the riot at the Capitol. Then her Republican colleagues mocked her for handing out masks while they sheltered together.
Impeaching Trump Was an Act of Self-Defense
by Russell Berman on January 13, 2021 at 6:32 pm
In impeaching President Trump a second time, Democrats believe they’re acting to remove “a clear and present danger” not only to American citizens and democracy at large, but to […]
MAGA-land’s Favorite Newspaper
by Simon van Zuylen-Wood on January 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm
How The Epoch Times became a pro-Trump propaganda machine in an age of plague and insurrection
How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus Nightmare
by Olga Khazan on January 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The state’s hyperefficient health-care system runs pretty well—unless a pandemic strikes.
Trump Rallies Were a Preview of the Capitol Attack
by Peter Nicholas on January 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Those following the president’s events around the country for the past four years were not surprised by the mob violence that unfolded in Washington.
It Was Supposed to Be So Much Worse
by Elaine Godfrey on January 9, 2021 at 2:12 pm
And the threat to the U.S. government hasn’t passed.
Republicans Confront the Consequences of Their Doomsday Rhetoric
by Ronald Brownstein on January 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
The Capitol riot showed how the ominous tenor of contemporary GOP messaging could be fueling white conservatives’ extremism.
Listen: John Bresnahan Helps Us Understand What the Hell Just Happened
by Kevin Townsend on January 9, 2021 at 12:43 am
The veteran congressional reporter shares his firsthand experience of the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol.
Jamie Raskin Lost His Son. Then He Fled a Mob.
by John Hendrickson on January 8, 2021 at 7:24 pm
The day before the Capitol riot, a congressman buried his 25-year-old son, who had left a note for his family on New Year’s Eve.
‘Secure the Capitol’ Misses the Point
by Robinson Meyer on January 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm
More roadblocks and police officers won’t stop the next attempted coup.
Why Trump Suddenly Changed His Tune
by Nick Baumann on January 8, 2021 at 2:14 pm
What frightened the president into releasing a video calling for calm?
A Christian Insurrection
by Emma Green on January 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Many of those who mobbed the Capitol on Wednesday claimed to be enacting God’s will.
How Joe Biden Watched the Capitol Assault
by Edward-Isaac Dovere on January 7, 2021 at 2:45 am
It was a day of chaos in Washington, D.C. But in Wilmington, Delaware, President-elect Joe Biden pulsed with quiet anger.
Mass Delusion in America
by Jeffrey Goldberg on January 7, 2021 at 1:36 am
What I heard from insurrectionists on their march to the Capitol
Republicans Meet Their Monster
by Elaine Godfrey on January 7, 2021 at 1:09 am
The politicians who have enabled Trump did not expect the president’s followers to ever break through the glass windows of the Capitol and ascend the Senate dais.
Scenes From an American Insurrection
by The Atlantic Editors on January 7, 2021 at 12:56 am
Photos depicting the chaos at the Capitol, unlike anything else witnessed in recent U.S. history
The Price Republicans Paid in Georgia
by Ronald Brownstein on January 6, 2021 at 6:02 pm
President Trump is the reason the GOP will likely lose its Senate majority.
The Bitter Reality of the Post-Trump GOP
by McKay Coppins on January 6, 2021 at 5:32 pm
President Trump’s departure from office may be imminent, but the future of the party he’s leaving behind is less certain than ever.
The Biden Presidency Now Stands a Chance
by Russell Berman on January 6, 2021 at 2:24 pm
The Democratic success in the South is poised to change the balance of power in Washington.
Introducing Florida Florida Florida
by Chuck Todd, NBC News on October 11, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Meet the Press introduces: Florida Florida Florida. In this new five-part series, Chuck Todd looks back at the enduring political lessons of the 2000 presidential recount. Featuring interviews with […]
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