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Questions Senators Should Ask at the AUMF Hearing Regarding the US Citizen Enemy Combatant

On October 30th, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled "The Authorizations for Use of Military Force: Adminstration Perspective," featuring Secretaries Mattis and Tillerson.  This is a good thing.  We should have an updated AUMF.  But, failing that, we should at least have regular and serious hearings in which Congress elicits information about how the President currently construes these authorities.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised the banner of a Kurdish revolutionary leader in the captured city of Raqqa, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kurdish-led SDF members held a press conference where they hoisted a banner showing Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdish separatist leader Turkey has jailed as a terrorist. The move provoked condemnation from the mostly Arab residents of the city.

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Rational Security: The "Decertified" Edition

President Trump says Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the deal to curtail its nuclear program. Russian trolls and propagandists speak out. And an American woman and her family are freed after five years in captivity in Afghanistan. Plus, Julia recommends a new documentary on Russian doping. Tamara hearts Guam. And Shane recommends a new TV series on the FBI profilers.

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The National Security Law Podcast: Han Shot First

If you were unsure about whether your hosts are geeks, this episode will help settle the question.  But before we get to what Professors Chesney and Vladeck think they know but don’t really, here’s the stuff they actually do know something about!

First, the travel ban.  Buckle up, there’s a new nationwide TRO, out of Hawaii, enjoining enforcement of most of Travel Ban 3.0.

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