National Security

5:08am

Fri August 16, 2013

12:21pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Politics

Obama Played Cards The Day Bin Laden Was Killed: Important?

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 4:06 am

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other members of his national security team as they monitored the mission that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
Pete Souza White House

Much is being made of something that former presidential "body man" Reggie Love said earlier this summer during a Q&A at UCLA. His words only came to light this week.

According to Love, on May 1, 2011, the day that Navy SEALs were closing in on Osama bin Laden:

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3:09am

Sat August 10, 2013
National Security

Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 5:43 am

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, walk to their news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts for talks in Washington on Friday, aiming to repair strained relations with Moscow.

President Obama snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he called off plans to go to Moscow next month for a one-on-one summit. He was reacting to Russia's offer of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

But on Friday, the diplomats seemed eager to show that the dispute is not some new sort of cold war.

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4:00pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Things To Know About The Legal Reasoning For Surveillance

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

2:54pm

Fri August 9, 2013
National Security

Susan Rice's First Month On The Job Has Been A Doozy

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:45 pm

Rice talks with Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States, before the start of a dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House last month.
Carolyn Kaster AP

People have been talking a lot lately about the National Security Agency. But there's another important "NSA" in the federal government — the president's national security adviser.

That person is a sort of funnel — gathering information from the military, the intelligence community, the State Department — and channeling it all to the president.

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