FROM Barton Gellman
NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Today's Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency has broken privacy rules thousands of times every year — and the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court charged with oversight says its limited resources give it no choice but to "trust the government" to report such violations. The information comes from documents leaked to the paper by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who's now in Russia. Barton Gellman is a contributor to the Post, and a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.
Did Mitt Romney Manage to Woo Undecided Voters? Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had a tough challenge facing him last night in Tampa. He had to seem more likeable – polls show he trails President Obama in this area – and he had to rally his Republican conservative base, while reaching out to those all important swing voters who voted for Barack Obama last time around. His strategy was unusual: he struck a tone of sympathy for those who have been disappointed with the president. He also touched on his Mormon faith, something he has avoided doing for much of the campaign, talked about all the women he'd appointed to jobs in his administration when he was Governor of Massachusetts and, in one rather emotional moment, recalled his mother and her decision to run for the senate. What did the Republicans accomplish in Tampa and how will the Democrats respond when they gather next week?
History According to Cheney in His New Memoir Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir, In My Time , was officially released yesterday, but advance copies have been poured over by many reviewers. Barton Gellman, contributing editor for Time magazine, is the author of Angler , a book on the former vice president and avid fly-fisherman. He finds Cheney's own book, "a predictable reprise of old arguments" with "quite a bit of new material."
Cheney Takes to the Airwaves (Again) to Criticize Obama George Bush is maintaining the tradition of silence for presidents and vice-presidents recently out of office. Not so Dick Cheney . The former Vice President is waging what one reporter called a “one-man assault on President Obama,” with condemnations of policies and personal behavior. Bart Gellman, Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the Washington Post , is author of Angler : The Cheney Vice Presidency.
The CIA Then and Now, and the Role of Dick Cheney Today, the CIA released 693 pages of reports about 25 years of illegal activities during the 1950's, 60's and 70's, a report nick-named " Family Jewels ." It tells of illegal wiretaps and domestic surveillance, assassination plots and human experimentation. CIA Director, General Michael Hayden, calls it, " a glimpse of a very different time and a very different Agency ." What are the differences -- and similarities -- between then and now, with Dick Cheney the President's "go-to guy" on intelligence?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.