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May 22, 2018

The intelligence community is in the news.

So for our 84th episode, we wanted to talk to former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret.).

In this timely conversation we explore Gina Haspel’s priorities at CIA, where the line is between Congressional oversight and CIA’s right to protect sources and methods, the curious case of Stefan Halper and the FBI using an informant to collect intelligence on a presidential campaign, as well as how he views Russia, North Korea and Iran.

May 16, 2018

Our guest is Mark Dubowitz, who was recently profiled in The New York Times. 

He is the CEO of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and has been called one of the most influential figures on the Iran Deal.

In this discussion, we discuss the current state of play, Iran’s ballistic missile program, the sunset provisions, John Kerry’s role, Trump’s new national security team, the Iranian uprising, a new maximum pressure campaign, what the future of Iran looks like, his role in influencing the national debate, and whether the U.S. moving toward Saudi Arabia and away from Iran is a good thing.

May 9, 2018

The Iran Deal is the subject of the 82nd episode.

Our guest is Matt Continetti, editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon.

His recent column, “Donald Trump Ends the Obama Mirage,” explains why he supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

In this conversation, we discuss how strong Trump’s announcement was, whether the decision will have diplomatic or economic consequences for our European allies, whether any agreement with North Korea or Iran should be a treaty and how Syria and Israel are involved.

May 1, 2018

Amy Chozick spent ten years covering Hillary Clinton.

She writes about the experience in her new bestseller, “Chasing Hillary.”

She’s a writer-at-large who covered Hillary’s 2016 campaign for The New York Times and previously reported for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered Hillary on the 2008 campaign after being a foreign correspondent in Tokyo.

In this conversation we examine who Hillary really is, what drives her, what defines her, how the campaign unfolded, what it was like covering it, how journalism is changing, and what one question she wants to have Hillary answer.

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