John Bolton tells it like it is on the NSA and Iran

The former ambassador to the U.N. talks about the NSA and Iran.

Who will do what it takes to keep us safe?

Finding the qualities we want in a commander in chief.


A leadership failure on national security

The GOP is serious about national security. Rand Paul isn’t.

A huge percentage of the GOP opposes his stance on the Patriot Act.

How Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul wound up at daggers-drawn over the NSA

Frenemies, again. A conversation with Paul Kane.

Morning Bits

Must-read links to start the day

Parts of the Patriot Act expired. So what, says Jon Stewart.

We haven’t descended into terrorocracy yet.


Hanging up on the NSA

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Sen. Rand Paul’s stunt helped Americans reclaim some measure of privacy.


Rand Paul should stop stalling the USA Freedom Act

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By holding up the bill, the Kentucky senator is blocking firmer privacy protections for Americans.

The Insiders: Rand Paul’s Patriot Act gamble — gadfly or leader?

Given his personal heritage, it will be easy for his political ambitions to be dismissed as someone who is more like his father and less like someone who has broad enough appeal to be a major party nominee.