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Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Spencer Ackerman of Daily Beast calls it “a proxy war.” The nomination of Avril Haines to serve as director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) has set off a power struggle between the center-left and center-right factions of the Democratic policy world. This is a consequential fight, the ODNI overseees–but does not actually run–17...

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All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

Avril Haines is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). if confirmed, she will effectively serve as the chairwoman of the U.S. intelligence community. The ODNI doesn’t control the budgets of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, but it does coordinate and set direction. It is not as...

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How One Small U.S. Agency Is Hobbling the President-Elect Biden’s Pandemic Team

How One Small U.S. Agency Is Hobbling the President-Elect Biden’s Pandemic Team

Update: as November 12, the Washington Post reports, that ” Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, still hasn’t signed the official letter that would allow the incoming Biden team to formally begin the transition.” The Atlantic reports that more than 100 former U.S. intelligence and national security officials have signed a letter to Murphy...

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A Right-Wing Bubble Bursts: Durham Talks and Brennan Walks 

A Right-Wing Bubble Bursts: Durham Talks and Brennan Walks 

The soft sobbing sounds you hear come right-wing media scribes who are crying in their beer. For months, the faithful tribunes of Trumpism have been hyperventilating about the Justice Department’s investigation of the FBI and CIA’s decision to investigate the Trump-Russia contacts in 2016. On the scarcest of evidence these partisans have hyped the possibilty...

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