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Captive DNI
Intelligence Failure

The Director of National Intelligence was created after the 9/11 disaster to bring coherence to the intelligence community and “speak truth to power.” Trump wants a DNI who will tell him only what he wants to hear.

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Lowering the Bar
The Inquisitor

William Barr’s own conspiracy-fueled “investigation of the investigators” is alienating allies, enabling the Russians, and spreading fear and loathing through the intelligence community. What more could Trump ask for?

Sleazy Playbook Redux
How the Press Can Avoid Playing Trump’s Game

One of the lessons of the 2016 campaign should be more serious questions from reporters—not fewer.

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Intelligence Failures
The “Deep State” Debate We Deserve (and Probably Won’t Get)

Trump’s bullying of the intelligence community over the Russia investigation is dangerous—and the Democrats need to look beyond Mueller. Because Putin (and others) aren’t going to stop now.

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Getting Russia Right
There’s Something About Putin 

Why is the Russian leader so good at playing a weak hand against the United States and Europe? How much is him? How much is us?

Fake News Watch
The Validator-in-Chief

Trump’s narrative sounds an awful lot like what you hear on RT.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Hacking Democracy
What Can We Know and When Can We Know It?

Is there any hope of learning the truth about Russia, the elections, and Trump from Congress?

Surrealist-in-Chief
The Banality of (Trump’s) Lying

The dangers of becoming desensitized to the President’s serial untruths.

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