White House

The Plot to Kidnap Me

Every time the president ramps up his violent rhetoric, every time he fires up Twitter to launch another broadside against me, my family and I see a surge of vicious attacks sent our way.

The October (or November) Surprise Neither Trump Nor Biden Wants

We need independent, scrupulously apolitical intelligence analysis in the White House that can compete with our worst instincts.

Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

Federal spending data shows modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations.

What Clinton’s Foreign Affairs Article May Mean for the Defense Budget

Her approach, more rebalancing rather than modernizing, avoids a simple zero-sum frame of defense vs. non-defense spending.

Administration Rushes Out Guidelines for Ending Civil Service Protections

Just two days after the executive order, initial instructions are issued on converting career federal policy-making positions to at-will appointments.

The Politicization of the State Department Is Almost Complete

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, have weaponized the institution for the Trump administration’s domestic political objectives.

The COVID-19 Documentary All Americans Need to See

"Totally Under Control" delivers a damning—and essential—report card on the White House’s mismanagement of the pandemic.

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Enables Politicized Civil Service

President Trump's new directive allows thousands of federal jobs now filled through competition to be turned into at-will positions.

The Head of US Intelligence Has Ceased to Be an Honest Broker

The result has been grave damage to U.S. counterintelligence and electoral security efforts.

The Right’s Disinformation Machine Is Getting Ready for Trump to Lose

QAnon has become a linchpin of far-right media—and the effort to preemptively delegitimize the election.

The World Order That Donald Trump Revealed

When it comes to foreign policy, the president’s most important characteristic is not amorality or a lack of curiosity; it is naïveté.

To Reboot Arms Control, Start with Small Steps

Stop accusing. Set aside questions of structure. Start talking.

Why Donald Trump’s Debt is a National Security Risk

If you owe someone a lot of money, they have leverage over you. To whom, exactly, does the U.S. president owe this money?

Thousands of US Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Past Christmas

They won't be home for Christmas. Trump's national security advisor says the president was only expressing a "desire" with that tweet.

China or Your Soul? Pompeo’s Thunder Falls Flat on Corporate Ears

Companies keep choosing to serve the Chinese market — and that’s likely not good news for the Pentagon.

The 20th Year of the Afghanistan War Should Be America’s Last

U.S. national security interests do not depend on the outcome of the peace talks. It’s time to come home.

North Korea Unveils ‘Very Destabilizing’ ICBM

Pyongyang’s new missile boosts the chance of conflict, even if it doesn’t work.