national security

  • September 19, 2016  

    Following a shootout, New York police apprehended their suspect for Saturday’s actual and attempted bombings in New York and New Jersey. Twenty-eight-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan, was seized after being recognized sleeping in the doorway of a New Jersey bar. Earlier in the day, a text message alert urged New Yorkers to call 911 if they saw him. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    With terrorism suddenly at the forefront of the news, Hillary Clinton campaigned on her national security qualifications, referencing experiences in the Situation Room and dealing with foreign enemies of the U.S. Meanwhile, Donald Trump called into Fox News to suggest that police have been constrained in pursuing suspects because they are under pressure not to profile. John Yang reports. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    Mirroring their dissimilar campaigns, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded very differently to Saturday’s bombings, with Clinton emphasizing her experience and Trump focusing on immigration. But even when they’re discussing the same issues, are the candidates evaluated according to separate standards? Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Gwen Ifill to discuss. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2016  

    Tim Kaine visited Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, to deliver an address on national security. The Democratic vice presidential nominee joins Gwen Ifill to to draw a sharp contrast between his running mate Hillary Clinton and her opposition, and to discuss Clinton’s lifelong passions, Russian hacking and what he perceives as Trump’s sexism about “presidential” qualities. Continue reading

  • August 23, 2016  

    WikiLeaks has revealed classified information to the public for over a decade. A new Associated Press report found that the website has also published personal details about private citizens, including the names of two teenage rape victims and a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay. Some of the leaks have the potential to endanger lives. William Brangham speaks with AP’s Raphael Satter for more. Continue reading

  • August 16, 2016  

    On Monday, President Obama approved his largest single release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, reducing its population by 15 to a total of 61 — roughly 25% the size when he took office. Closing the facility he called a “recruitment brochure” for American enemies has long been among Obama’s priorities. William Brangham speaks with the New York Times’ Charlie Savage for more. Continue reading

  • August 16, 2016  

    How the U.S. should fight the Islamic State is a major 2016 campaign theme. Donald Trump recently proposed “extreme vetting” of immigrants to the U.S. and joint military operations abroad, while Hillary Clinton favors U.S. airstrikes and support for local ground troops. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Trump foreign policy adviser Walid Phares and Clinton campaign adviser Wendy Sherman for details. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    In battleground Ohio on Monday, Donald Trump revealed his foreign policy plan. It envisions the U.S. becoming more aggressive in the fight against ISIS but generally less involved overseas. Hillary Clinton visited another swing state, Pennsylvania, where she screened an ad criticizing Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience — using his own words. Lisa Desjardins reports. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    On Sunday, a Wall Street Journal editorial urged Donald Trump to change or drop out. The GOP nominee is polling well behind Hillary Clinton in key states and struggling with the millennial vote. Trump delivered a foreign policy speech on Monday, but Clinton raised doubts about his rhetoric in a new campaign ad. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from NPR’s Tamara Keith and USA Today’s Susan Page. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we ponder the question: Is America safer now from terrorism than it was on that fateful day? Steven Brill spent the last year evaluating what has changed, including tightened airline security policies, but also how the country returned to “politics as usual.” He speaks with Judy Woodruff about his findings — and his recommendations. Continue reading