Last week, Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine introduced a proposal to reshape the legal authorization for U.S. counterterrorism operations abroad. On Thursday, Susan Hennessey sat down with Bobby Chesney, co-founder of Lawfare and professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Scott Anderson, Lawfare senior editor and former State Department lawyer, to talk about the proposal. They discussed the current status of the authorization for use of force, what the new proposal says, and it’s prospects in this Congress.
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Jim Comey has a few words to say. Nikki Haley is not confused about anything. And Mike Pompeo makes a surprise trip to North Korea.
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Susan is back with a hilarious story about how Devin Nunes sent her blood pressure soaring—and sent her into the delivery room. Robert Mueller tells the president’s lawyers that Donald Trump is the subject of a criminal investigation. Trump vows to pull the military out of Syria. And American troops may be heading to the US border with Mexico. Plus, Shane asks you to join him for a book discussion. And I am upping the Rational Security drinking game.
Chimène Keitner served as counselor for international law at the State Department under the Obama and Trump administrations. On this week’s podcast, Keitner speaks to Scott Anderson about her experience at the department and the department’s future in the wake of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s departure.
Like Goldilocks in search of porridge, the President can’t seem to find the lawyer who’s just right. The U.S. expels Russian diplomats, but Trump continues to hold his fire against Putin. And Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress over Facebook’s role in Russian election interference. Plus, I confess to violating Twitter’s terms of service—and grudgingly bring myself into compliance. Danielle is excited for a new book on privacy. And Tamara is psyched for Madeline Albright’s new book.
Niall Ferguson argues in his new book, “The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Power,” that the powerful role of networks has often been overlooked.
It was a cyberlaw-packed week in Washington. Congress jammed the CLOUD Act into the omnibus appropriations bill, and boom, just like that, it’s law. Say goodbye to the Microsoft Ireland case just argued in the Supreme Court. Maury Shenk offers a view of the Act from the United Kingdom, the most likely and maybe the only beneficiary of the Act. Biggest losers? For sure, the
Yale law professor Amy Chua argues in her new book, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,” that both foreign and domestic policymaking must better handle the realities of political tribalism in order to find success. Last week, Harvard law professor and Lawfare co-founder Jack Goldsmith spoke to Chua at the Hoover Book Soiree about her new volume. They discussed where past foreign policy makers overlooked the importance of tribalism, the nature of domestic tribalism in the modern United States, and much more.
Our intrepid host was off this week in an undisclosed location, doing his reporting thing, and snow closed the Jungle Studio and delayed the podcast for a day. But we reconvened with special guest Quinta Jurecic on Thursday, and Tamara valiantly stepped in to helm the podcast in Shane's absence.