Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes

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"The power of the book lies less in attention-grabbing disclosure than in the relentless, almost mundane stupidity and recklessness of it all." My thoughts on John Bolton's memoir and why it matters.

Fascinating discussion with former CIA media/politics analyst @mgurri , on information, power, politics and media. @whignewtons 

When the deal was announced, Pompeo told CBS News that the Taliban would "work alongside us to destroy" al Qaeda. I was very skeptical. I'm eager to admit I was wrong if there's evidence to support that claim. But an assertion is not evidence. The admin should make it public.

Charles Krauthammer used to host a small gathering every year on Independence Day. We passed a laminated copy of the Declaration of Independence and took turns reading aloud. It was a simple act but, for me, a surprisingly powerful one. I recommend it.

The relationship between policymakers and intelligence professionals is critical to defending the from external threats. And, today, that relationship is broken. An excellent analysis from @GaryJSchmitt1 .

Senate Dem campaigns shatter fundraising records. Reactions from GOP strategists: “Disturbing.” “Staggering.” “Causing a lot of concern.” “[Democrats] smell a big victory.”


Ronald Reagan, on the KKK: "The politics of racial hatred & religious bigotry practiced by the Klan & others have no place in this country."

Amazing. The Trump admin says for weeks that governors are responsible for securing equipment/tests for their states. Then MD Gov Hogan obtains 500k tests from South Korea and he's mocked by Adm Giroir and pilloried by Pres Trump for having done so.

BREAKING: A senior State Dept official discussed a "quid pro quo" w/the FBI in exchange for reclassification of HRC emails, per FBI docs.

Got it. Russia attacks our elections, steals our cyber secrets, supports our enemies and meddles (currently) in our 2018 vote - and they’re worthy of G-8 membership. But a strong G-7 ally says something POTUS doesn’t like at a press conference and it’s time for toughness?

"King claimed our reporter lied. He didn’t. He claimed we didn’t have a recording. We do. He insisted we refused to release the audio. Untrue." The audio makes clear King was quoted accurately. We stand by the story.

Brennan is an incredible hack. He's been caught lying repeatedly. He routinely politicized intelligence. He sought to silence dissenting intel voices. Whatever you think about Trump's decision, it's a mistake to lionize a political hack.

When Brennan was CIA Director, his agency presented unnecessary NDAs to Benghazi survivors -- at a memorial service for their fallen comrades. An ugly attempt to silence them.

Sad. Imagine thinking about TV ratings right now. Imagine thinking those ratings indicate an interest in you, rather than concern about a global pandemic and the deep recession it has caused. 16,000 dead, 450,000 infected, 16.5 million unemployed.