Tommy talks with ACLU political director Faiz Shakir about the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA despite her role in the Bush-era torture of terrorism suspects. They also discuss the politics of national security in the Trump era, and whether Obama did enough to hold the CIA accountable for its actions.
WaPo: CIA refuses to declassify more Haspel documents, angering Democrats
Politico: New ad accuses Rand Paul of siding with terrorists
Politico: Dems slam CIA offer to view classified Haspel records
CNN: Former military officials challenge Haspel’s nomination to lead CIA due to ‘serious allegations’
NYT: How the CIA is waging an influence campaign to get its next director confirmed
ACLU Website: What the Senate needs to know about Gina Haspel
McClatchy: ‘Mind-bending’ reversal now has Dems defending FBI, Bus
Just Security: What the Senate Needs to Ask Gina Haspel
USA Today: Sen. Wyden: CIA engaging in ‘cover-up’ of director nominee Gina Haspel’s background
Tommy talks with VICE on HBO correspondent Isobel Yeung about her recent reporting trips to Raqqa, Syria and Yemen. Isobel talks about what it was like to interview two of ISIS's most brutal foreign fighters and to witness heroic efforts by average citizens to rebuild the city and find loved ones taken by ISIS.
Two part show today! First, Tommy talks with Ambassador Michael McFaul about Vladimir Putin's request to interrogate him and Trump's shocking refusal to immediately rule it out. Then Tommy talks with the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian about Trump's late-night rage tweet at Iran and the future of US/Iranian relations.
Tommy talks with Julianne Smith, a former Pentagon official, and advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, about Donald Trump’s truly awful trip to Europe, and why his terrifying press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is only a piece of the lasting damage it might cause to some of America’s most critical relationships.
Today's episode is two parts. First, Tommy talks with Politico's Nahal Toosi about North Korea, NATO and Trump's Putin meeting. Then, Roger Bennett from Men in Blazers joins to talk about the agony, ecstasy, and politics of the World Cup.