Aamer Madhani USA TODAY Published 6:00 AM EDT Aug 1, 2019 The Detroit Democratic presidential debates are in the books. Joe Biden showed some fight. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders defended their similar progressive worldviews from low-polling moderates who warned of “Fairy tale promises” and “wish-list economics.” And author Marianne Williamson, while still a fringe candidate, earned plenty of kudos (and Google searches) for some of her answers on reparations for slavery and environmental justice. Here is what else we learned from two nights of the Detroit debates. 1. Joe Biden can take a punch, but he still has work to do. From the moment he stepped on stage Wednesday, Biden seemed intent on sending the message that he was ready to tussle. Biden at times looked like a deer-in-the-headlights at the Miami debate last month, coming under blistering attack by Sen. Kamala Harris for his past opposition to federally-mandated school busing … [Read more...] about Democratic debates: What did we learn from the Detroit debates?
The U.S. intelligence community's failure to grasp the magnitude of the social media influence campaign Russia waged ahead of the 2016 presidential election may be one harbinger of a larger and more complex set of challenges its agencies will face, according to a new essay co-authored by former CIA deputy director Michael Morell. With co-author Amy Zegart, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Morell argues that rapid technological developments have already begun to change the rules -- if not the nature -- of collection, analysis, privacy and surveillance."That breakdown [in 2016] should serve as a wake-up call," Morell, who is also a CBS News senior national security contributor, writes with Zegart in an essay published Tuesday in Foreign Affairs. "The trends it reflects warrant a wholesale reimagining of how the intelligence community operates." Morell and Zegart single out top leadership at the time -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Department of … [Read more...] about Former top CIA official warns that U.S. intel faces “moment of reckoning” after 2016 failure