Intelligence isn't always a hot topic, but a full-blown, multi-part series by The Washington Post tends to shift the conversation. Amid the Dana Priest/William Arkin series on the U.S. intelligence community, which occupies the front page of the Post and almost the entire pre-"fold" section of its homepage, the administration's nominee for Director of National Intelligence will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for his first confirmation hearing this afternoon. Gen. James Clapper (ret.), if confirmed, would be charged with streamlining the flow of intelligence and cooperation, overseeing the intelligence community, and advising the president--which would likely mean confronting the issues raised by Priest and Arkin (most notably the proliferation of contractors in the intelligence community).
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