Is the intelligence oversight process as we know it dead? We delve into the education of Kim Jong Un. And FBI emails show that the White House misled the public about the reaction to Jim Comey’s firing. Plus, is a very special object session segment, the gang shares one object lesson of joy, on Susan’s behalf.
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Susan and I are away this week. But Shane, Tamara and Quinta hold down the fort. They discuss major developments in the Russia probe as House Republicans move to declassify a mysterious memo and the FBI’s No. 2 steps down. A new article reveals the inner workings of the Israeli spy machine. And smart watches are giving away US forces’ locations—while they’re jogging. Plus, Shane recommends Ronen Bergman’s new book on Israeli intelligence. And Tamara says, #ImWithVictor.
FBI Director Christopher Wray resists administration pressure to clean house at the bureau. Bob Mueller’s Russia probe interviews Jeff Sessions and talks to Jim Comey. And Rex Tillerson presents a new U.S. strategy in Syria. Plus, Tamara enlightens us about camel beauty. And Shane recommends a new Western.
Hawaii authorities mistakenly warn citizens they’re about to be hit by a ballistic missile. The FBI warns Jared Kushner about his relationship with a prominent Chinese-American. And we talk updates on L’Affaire Russe. Plus, Tamara goes old school with a report on Russia. I give an after-action report on the Rational Security dating service. And Shane wants you to hear—and see—Sophia Yan live in concert.
The Trump administration signals it may launch a military strike on North Korea—or not. The U.S. announces it’s cutting aid to Pakistan. And the originator of the Steele dossier tells his side of the story. Plus, I start a dating service. Tamara says goodbye to a friend. And Susan shares the CIA director's fudge recipe.
A wave of anti-government protests grips Iran. Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos may have been the impetus for the Russia investigation. And Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the U.S. role in the war in Yemen and civilian casualties. Plus, Shane recommends Jim Risen’s tell-all in The Intercept. And I make a video and a coin.
Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq.
Republicans question the integrity of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. President Trump says he will move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (Tamara’s suggested article for reference). And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a year-end address (or is it a farewell?) to State Department employees.
Mike Flynn is cooperating with Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice. Deutsche Bank has been told to hand over information about Trump-related finances. And the national security adviser tries to make Trump into a modern-day Ronald Reagan. Plus, Susan highlights a thoughtful discussion on women in national security. And Shane is taking Kim Jung Un . . . rationally.
Mike Flynn signals that he may be cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation. President Trump thinks the investigation may be nearing its end. And the U.S. plans to stay in Syria even after ISIS is defeated. Plus, Shane does not welcome our new robot overlords. And Tamara shares an open letter on #MeTooNatSec.