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Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down

September 21, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
The intelligence pros said killing certain ISIS leaders might not diminish the group and that airstrikes might not be working. The bosses didn’t like those answers—not at all.
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Spies: Obama’s Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat

August 27, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
U.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going so well. Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.
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Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted

August 26, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times
The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.
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The ultimate argument in favor of the Iran deal

August 24, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Want to bomb Iran? Then support the nuclear deal. That’s the provocative argument coming from Obama administration officials and other backers of the deal as they promote it before a crucial vote in Congress next month.
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2 Graduating Rangers, Aware of Their Burden

August 21, 2015
Helene Cooper, Richard Oppel | The New York Times
First Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache attack helicopter pilot who on Friday will be one of the first women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School, wants to remain an aviator. But she takes away weighty lessons from her grueling Ranger training: “Your mind can take a whole lot more than your body,” she said.
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G.O.P. Is Vague on Using Power Abroad

August 17, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
If the diverse group of candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination agree on one thing when describing how they would engage with the world if they made it to the White House, it is this: If only the United States were stronger, and more feared, the country would not feel threatened by the Islamic State, manipulated by Iran or challenged by a rising China.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Pentagon Fears It’s Not Ready for a War With Putin

August 14, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
The U.S. military has run the numbers on a sustained fight with Moscow, and they do not look good for the American side.
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Russians Hacked Joint Chiefs of Staff

August 7, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
Investigators say they believe the same Russian hackers that carried out attacks on the White House and State Department last year and the attempted penetration of the Pentagon last month were responsible for a major cyberattack that shut down the Joint Chiefs of Staff email for the past 11 days, The Daily Beast has learned.
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Robert Gates: We Have a Flawed Iran Deal. Make the Best of It.

August 6, 2015
Reid Wilson | Morning Consult
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday harshly criticized the proposed nuclear agreement struck last month between an international coalition, led by the United States, and Iran. But, he said, now that the deal has been struck, the consequences of walking away would be too great.
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