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The Lawfare Podcast features discussions with experts, policymakers, and opinion leaders at the nexus of national security, law, and policy. On issues from foreign policy, homeland security, intelligence, and cybersecurity to governance and law, we have doubled down on seriousness at a time when others are running away from it. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com.

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The Lawfare Podcast features discussions with experts, policymakers, and opinion leaders at the nexus of national security, law, and policy. On issues from foreign policy, homeland security, intelligence, and cybersecurity to governance and law, we have doubled down on seriousness at a time when others are running away from it. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com.

    Trump Takes Aim at TikTok and WeChat

    Trump Takes Aim at TikTok and WeChat

    President Trump recently issued executive orders aimed at banning TikTok and WeChat from operating in the United States. To discuss the sanction, Bobby Chesney sat down with Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens and Dr. Ronald Deibert. In addition to the executive orders concerning TikTok and WeChat, they also discussed the larger U.S.-China relationship and the role of technology competition in that space.

    • 55 min
    The McGahn Decision and Proxy Voting

    The McGahn Decision and Proxy Voting

    Last week, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington handed down a major en banc decision on the question of whether Don McGahn even needs to show up in response to a congressional subpoena. In a separate case, a lower court ruled on an internecine dispute within the House of Representatives over proxy voting. Ben Wittes spoke with Margaret Taylor and Scott Anderson about what these cases mean for congressional oversight, whether the opinions will stand up on further review and what will happen next.

    • 52 min
    Jim Sciutto on Trump and 'The Madman Theory'

    Jim Sciutto on Trump and 'The Madman Theory'

    During the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon employed an unusual scare tactic in his efforts to reach a withdrawal—he led Vietnam to believe he was crazy enough to start a nuclear war, an approach he described as the madman theory. From his first days in office, Trump has employed his own madman theory. David Priess spoke with Jim Sciutto, who has analyzed Trump's foreign policy through this lens and written "The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World."

    • 46 min
    Chad Wolf vs. the Committee with No Bull

    Chad Wolf vs. the Committee with No Bull

    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday. He was asked about the recent DHS personnel deployments in the wake of mass protests, particularly in Portland, Oregon. The hearing included some grandstanding and repetition, but we cut out all of the theatrics to leave you with just the questions and answers that you need to hear.

    • 59 min
    Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny Explain QAnon

    Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny Explain QAnon

    Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, reporters at NBC News. Writing at NBCNews.com, they report on disinformation and misinformation in health and politics. Their work covers a lot of ground, but for this episode, they discussed one increasingly prominent issue on that beat: QAnon, a conspiracy theory built around anonymous posts on an internet forum claiming that Donald Trump is waging war against a deep state and a vast network of child sex traffickers.

    • 53 min
    DHS Compiles Intelligence on Journalists … Including our Editor-In-Chief

    DHS Compiles Intelligence on Journalists … Including our Editor-In-Chief

    “What if J. Edgar Hoover Had Been a Moron?” That’s the question Lawfare’s editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes asks in a new article about his experience learning that his tweets had been written up in an intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Quinta Jurecic discussed the bizarre story with Wittes and former Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris.

    • 53 min

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