Intelligence Agencies Did Not Predict Imminence of Afghan Collapse, Officials Say

The acknowledgment came as the Biden administration faces heavy criticism over its handling of the withdrawal of American-led forces from Afghanistan.

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Seeking Answers on Covid, U.F.O.s and Illnesses, Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.

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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.

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Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.

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Intelligence Chiefs Warn of Russian Troops Near Ukraine and Other Threats

Officials said that China’s push for global power posed a threat to the United States, and they dwelled on climate change, domestic extremism and more.

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Intelligence Report Calls China Biggest Threat to US

A threat assessment report puts China’s push for “global power” first on the list of threats, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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America Has a Ruling Class

Why do members of the political elite insist that they’re not?

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A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden

Morgan Muir, who had led Mr. Biden’s first briefings in the early days of the administration, will oversee the assembly of the written President’s Daily Brief, among other responsibilities.

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Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists

Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.

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C.I.A. analyst Morgan Muir to run Biden’s daily briefings

The new intelligence chief wanted a briefer with experience and an apolitical record. She chose Morgan Muir, perhaps the first time a former White House briefer has returned to the post.

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White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S.

The order for the evaluation from the intelligence community comes as judges continue to deny bail for suspects in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

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Biden Nominee Vows to Track Foreign Influence on Domestic Extremist Groups

Avril Haines, who has been nominated to be director of national intelligence, told senators that she would assist with a public written assessment of the threat from QAnon.

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

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New Yorkers in the Biden Administration

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Janet L. Yellen, Deanne Criswell and others with connections to the city are poised to have influence on policies.

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Aides’ Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test

Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.

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Biden’s National Security Team Offers a Sharp Turn. But in Which Direction?

The picks are a repudiation of President Trump’s isolationism, but they will have to resolve tensions between an Obama-era approach and the “fresh thinking” the president-elect says he wants.

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Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence, First Latino to Run Homeland Security

John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be climate czar, according to the Biden transition team.

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Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties

Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.

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