Garland is both a great jurist and has extensive and diverse national security experience.
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Shane Harris breaks the fabulous news over at the Daily Beast:
Matthew Waxman, a law professor and former senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration, has been tapped to be the next general counsel for the National Security Agency, sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast on Friday.
That's the news from the Pentagon this hour. Preston will step down from his position as General Counsel at the end of June to join the faculty at Yale Law School.
The Defense Department released the following statement:
From the FISC’s website:
“The Chief Justice has designated Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Thomas B. Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to seven year terms on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Their terms will commence May 19, 2015, and will conclude on May 18, 2022. They will replace Judges Mary A. McLaughlin and James B. Zagel, whose terms expire May 18, 2015.”
The confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter, is just underway in the Senate Armed Services Committee. You can watch the hearing live below:
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the first of two day-long hearings on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States.
The Washington Post reports:
Avril D. Haines will become deputy to national security adviser Susan E. Rice, returning to the White House just 18 months after she left to be CIA Director John Brennan’s second in command, administration officials said Thursday.
Haines will succeed Antony Blinken, confirmed by the Senate this week as deputy secretary of state.
The biggest surprise I’ve had in this job is how much time the national-security issues take. Those are the primary things that I have to deal with in a post-9/11 world. From an eight-thirty meeting every morning, to the threat screen for the last twenty-four hours, to meetings during the course of the day. And almost inevitably there’s something that I take home at night that is national-security related. Our National Security Division didn’t even exist when I was last here!
That's the word from this piece by NPR's Carrie Johnson. It begins:
Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.
This afternoon, President Obama finally nominated a new State Department Legal Adviser -- Brian Egan, who currently serves as Deputy Counsel to the President and NSC Legal Adviser. Here is Brian's bio: