… In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences. [The Washington Post]

IT’S THE inconvenient truth.

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russia. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

The Washington Post tome on what happened during the Obama administration’s deliberations about what to do about Russian hacking is harrowing.

If the Obama administration “choked,” what does that say about the Trump administration?

President Donald Trump has worked overtime to cast doubt on 17 intelligence agencies and all the hard-earned evidence they’ve compiled to prove that the Russians hacked our election.

This latest report on Obama’s “secret struggle” juxtaposed against Trump’s airy flirtations with Putin couldn’t be starker.

That Trump wants to also weaken the Senate bill on Russian sanctions recently passed is at odds with Washington politicians over many decades. Changing priorities on foreign policy that could shape events for years to come.

Deconstructing national security norms continues apace…

CNN is getting creative in combatting the lack of press access to the Trump administration.

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. [CNN]

We’re in uncharted territory.

There is no substitute for doing what’s right without worrying about repercussions, or that Senator Mitch McConnell won’t like your decision and call it partisan.

Being risk-averse is not a good quality in a leader.

When a foreign country like Russia, led by a man like Putin, is hacking your election, being silent for 5 months sends the worst signal of all.