This afternoon the president will likely nominate Jeh Johnson, a senior lawyer formerly with the Department of Defense, to lead the DHS. If confirmed, he will fill the seat of Janet Napolitano, who stepped down in August. Joining us to weigh in on the future of American security policies under a change of guard is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.
U.S. intelligence officials are less concerned with the leaks of Edward Snowden and more with a mysterious loss of signal in the monitoring of Al Qaeda. The terrorist group is now suddenly harder to track and a major communications channel has gone silent. But that's no reason to believe that the organization is any less active in planning and recruiting. Joining The Takeaway to discuss this is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.
Despite deep worries over the continuing stability of the Iraqi government, the U.S. is planning on selling $11 billion of arms and training to Iraq's military. The sale comes as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has attempted to marginalize Iraq's Sunni minority since the U.S. withdrew its forces earlier in the month, setting off concerns over civil war. The Obama administration hopes the sale, which includes tanks and fighter jets, will help Iraq build its military and secure its border with Iran. But some American officials worry Iraq's government will move to align itself with the Shiite theocracy in Tehran.
New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt and Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal reporter in Iraq, discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this month, the state of the country nine years after the invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein, sectarian violence, and their thoughts about the future of Iraq.
Over 36 hours after Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen in his native Venezuela, there is still no word from his captors. The Nationals and Major League Baseball say they are working with authorities to ensure Ramos's safe return. Michael Schmidt of The New York Times has the latest on the story.
Suicide bombers detonated two car bombs in the city of Diwaniya today, in central Iraq, killing 27 people and wounding dozens of others. The attacks were targeted at police barriers outside governor Salim Hussein Alwan's compound, but he was not harmed. Though there's news this week that President Obama will soon lay out his plan for possibly withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, it's still murky as to how long U.S. troops will remain in Iraq, especially given this recent turn of events. Mike Schmidt, from our partner The New York Times, joins us live from Baghdad to discuss was happened and what this could mean for U.S. involvement in Iraq.
Fascinating details are emerging on Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born, U.S. citizen who authorities say confessed on Tuesday to an attempted terror attack in New York City's Times Square. Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us with some insight into Shahzad's life.
Investigators are analyzing surveillance tapes from Times Square to try to identify one man who was acting strangely near the site of the attempted bomb. Cameras are almost everywhere in Times Square and we speak to The New York Times' Michael Schmidt about security and surveillance in the wake of the incident.
A journey to the edge of human limits -- from a bike race that makes the Tour de France look like child’s play, to a mind-stretching memory competition.