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Who's Behind the Leaks?
Many in Washington wish the new president ill

February 17, 2017  •  City Journal

Call it the Oval Office virus. After less than a month in office, President Donald J. Trump, who as a candidate embraced WikiLeaks and a torrent of leaks about his rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, has become a champion of government secrecy. In a rowdy, 77-minute press conference Thursday, Trump said that he had personally instructed the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the leak of embarrassing information about his conversations with foreign leaders and former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russia. While it is unusual for a president to ask for such a criminal investigation, or to discuss it publicly, no law prevents him from doing so. "It could be perceived as a political witch hunt," warned Susan Hennessey, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and former intelligence agency lawyer.

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Trump: Leaked transcripts of Mexico, Australia calls 'disgraceful'

February 5, 2017  •  Fox News

President Trump on Saturday denounced the leaks of transcripts of his telephone conversations with leaders of Australia and Mexico as "disgraceful" and said his administration was searching "very, very hard" for the leakers.

Trump, speaking exclusively to Fox News, accused "Obama people" of giving news organizations embarrassing details of his recent tense phone conversations with his Australian and Mexican counterparts, and said that the holdovers from the Obama administration still serving on his White House and National Security Council staff were being replaced.

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Trump v. Radical Islam

January 20, 2017  •  City Journal

In his brief, blunt, and protectionist inaugural speech, President Donald J. Trump declared war on "radical Islamic terrorism," using a phrase that former president Barack Obama refused to say during his eight years in office. Trump vowed not only to defeat the Islamic State and all other like-minded extremist Muslim movements, but to "eradicate" them "completely from the face of the earth." Though Trump paid lip service to the need to "reinforce old alliances," "form new ones," and "unite the civilized world" against extremists to defeat Islamic militancy, the thrust of his main message to America's allies and would-be coalition partners—"America First"—is at odds with that goal.

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Trump, the Dossier, and the Press

January 12, 2017  •  City Journal

The 35-page memo outlining Russia's collection of allegedly compromising financial and sexual information on President-elect Donald Trump, which could be used to blackmail him, and his campaign's ostensible collusion with Russian intelligence agencies, reads like a lurid Hollywood thriller. You can almost see the marquee: Explosive! Shocking! The dossier you don't want your children to read!

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The Road to Fort Lauderdale

January 9, 2017  •  City Journal

According to reports, Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old former National Guardsman who killed five people and wounded six others in Friday's shooting spree at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, is crazy. But so is our continued reliance on "security" systems aimed at preventing terrorists or mentally ill people from inflicting such mayhem. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome, then the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Transportation Security Administration, and other agencies charged with keeping us safe from people like Santiago are at best inadequate, or at worst, crazy.

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