Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Jeff Stein

Darkness At Nunes: Inside The House Intelligence Disaster

An assistant district attorney vying to oust Nunes from his California congressional seat, Janz said last week that his campaign war chest had more than tripled since Nunes announced he was releasing highly edited, Top Secret information to discredit the FBI and Justice Department investigations into “Russiagate.”

February 12, 2018
General McMaster, Flynn, Russia

Donald Trump And The Agony Of H.R. McMaster

Is H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, on the way out? By some signs, he is: President Donald Trump not only excluded him from a key meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his national security adviser…

May 28, 2017
Trump wake up call

Exclusive: Russian Hackers Attacked 2008 Obama Campaign

Russian hackers targeted the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and U.S. government officials as far back as 2007 and have continued to attack them since they left their government jobs, according to a new report scheduled for release Friday.

May 12, 2017

Mother’s Day Massacre

While President Donald Trump and his feuding advisers have been ham-handed about almost everything since they occupied the White House a little over 100 days ago, removing Comey as FBI director was a clean kill. Or so they seemed to think.

May 10, 2017
FBI director Comey and other intelligence chiefs testifying on Russian interference in US presidential election

FBI’s Russia Probe Expands To ‘PizzaGate’ Threats

The FBI’s widening investigation into Russian subversion is now looking into continuing threats against a Washington, D.C. pizza shop targeted by right-wing conspiracy mongers.

Comet Ping Pong Pizza, a popular, family-oriented shop in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, came under relentless online attack last year because of its owner’s friendship with senior members of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons.

March 23, 2017

Trump Adviser Gorka Denies Ties To Nazi-Linked Group

“Despite casting himself as an expert on radical jihadi ideology, Gorka does not speak Arabic and has spent no time in the Middle East,” Daniel Nexon, a leading international affairs expert at Georgetown University, noted in the latest scathing review of Gorka’s work, in the Friday edition of Foreign Policy.

March 18, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Why Sessions’ Recusal Complicates Trump-Russia Probes

Now that Sessions has stepped aside, Lawyers and Justice Department officials are poring through statutes and scratching their collective heads over who has authority to sign warrants for the FBI’s electronic surveillance of the Russians and Trump associates implicated in the probe.

March 5, 2017
Putin, Obama, Spy Wars

Let The Spy Wars Begin

In some ways, it’s just like old times, when the Kremlin and Washington regularly engaged in tit-for-tat expulsions of a spy or two. But in other ways, it’s not: this spy war long ago moved out of the shadows to entangle the U.S. presidential elections.

December 30, 2016
Russian President Putin chairs meeting with military officials at Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi

Trump And Putin: Partners in Propaganda?

Trump has had only nice things to say about Putin, who has fed the candidate’s vanity with approving murmurs about his “flamboyant” personality and “talent.” In response, the candidate has called for ending “this horrible cycle of hostility” between the U.S. and Russia.

July 22, 2016
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Former Interrogators Urge Candidates to Reject Torture

A group of former CIA, FBI, DEA and military intelligence officials is urging presidential candidates to reject torture as an interrogation tool.

February 17, 2016