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White House Spokesman Changes the Story on Flynn’s Calls to Russian Ambassador

The Trump administration continues to change its story on when and how many times Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the phone Dec. 29, the same day the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia and kicked out 35 Russian officials in response to Russian hacking.  continue »

White House Credibility in Crisis

This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.

— White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

On Saturday, newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied to the press corps.…   continue »

Women, Marching and Security

On Saturday, more than 2 million people marched across the United States and multiple world capitals making vocal and visual their opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency and the threat it poses to reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, national security, freedom from sexual violence, environmental justice, racial equality, journalistic freedom, and science.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Tracking the Erosion of Democratic Traditions (Jan. 13-20)

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Last week, we launched a regular series tracking President-elect Donald Trump’s adherence, or lack thereof, to democratic norms. These norms are not necessarily legally required, but help make up the fabric that holds together broader democratic values, such as accountability and the rule of law.  continue »

Why the Cartwright Pardon is More Important Than the Manning Commutation


Today’s news of President Obama’s decision to commute most of the rest of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence has received (and will receive) significant media attention for obvious (and mostly good) reasons. But at the risk of shifting attention away from an important development from a humanitarian perspective, it seems to me that the far bigger news from the perspective of policy- and precedent-setting is the pardon of General James Cartwright, who pleaded guilty to making false statements during the investigation into the leak of the U.S.…   continue »

5 Best and 5 Worst Moments from the Week’s Confirmation Hearings on US National Security Issues


The week of confirmation hearings is over, and it’s time to take stock of what we have learned from the people the President-elect has nominated to lead his administration in areas of national security. On many of Mr. Trump’s most troubling campaign promises (especially in the national security sphere), the nominees disagreed with their new boss.  continue »