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thinks it’s a near certainty that the World Trade Organization agreements will complicate U.S. efforts to head off an , and there’s a real possibility that a U.S. cybersecurity regime could be held to violate our international trade obligations. and I dig into the details of the looming disaster and how to avoid it. In the news, analyzes the that scraping publicly available information . The California legislature has adjourned, leaving behind a smoking ruin where Silicon Valley’s business models used to be. elaborates: would force companies like Uber and Lyft (and a boatload more) to , not contractors. Another set of votes has left the California Consumer Privacy Act as its 2020 effective date looms. Really, it’s beginning to look as thoug.
Event Announcements (More details on the ). Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m. : The House Judiciary Committee will a hearing on Presidential Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power . The committee will hear testimony from Corey Lewandowski, former Campaign Manager, Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign; Rick Dearborn, former Campaign Advisor, Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; and Robert Porter, former White House Staff Secretary. Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a conversation between Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, and Ruslan Pukhov, Director, Center for Analysis of S.
Two major oil installations were attacked in Saudi Arabia, the New York Times. U.S. officials later said that the strikes may have been carried out using drones and cruise missiles. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed credit for the attack, but the Trump administration is reportedly zeroing in on whether Iran, a backer of the Houthis, had direct involvement in the attack. According to officials, photographic evidence suggests that the attack did not come from the direction of Yemen and that it may be beyond the Houthi’s technical capabilities. Canada charged a top Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence official with leaking or offering to leak official secrets, the Times. The official, Cameron Ortis, faces three charges of passing along—or o.
Amid , sweeping , and links to , a reasonable person could be forgiven for wondering lately: “What is the point of Facebook?” Now the world has Facebook’s answer to that question in the form of an , the rules for what Facebook allowed to be posted on its platform. The blog post is short, and could be mistaken for any number of the company’s public relations press releases over the years. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, has released periodic “” in the form of laying out his vision for the company—or, as Zuckerberg prefers to call it, the “.” But this latest update written by Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, is far more substantive than mere corporate buzzwords. It may have a significant impa.
Editor’s Note: Even as the Syrian war winds down, the millions of refugees it spawned show little sign of returning. Experts have long feared that these refugees will spread instability and, in poorer countries like Jordan, foster economic resentment. MIT’s Elizabeth Parker-Magyar finds that in Jordan such resentment is limited at best. The refugees remain welcome, and any economic resentment is directed at the government. Daniel Byman. ***. “I kept getting invited to meetings about the next ‘five-year plan’ for Za’atari. Are you kidding me? There is no way I’ll go,” a Jordanian aid worker and friend told me on a recent research trip, referring to the refugee camp that houses approximately 10 percent of the 662,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Amid the legislative disfunction from Congress, a consensus of sorts is emerging on the need for privacy legislation. Between European pressure, data breaches and scandals associated with social media manipulation by foreign actors, the idea of some kind of comprehensive privacy legislation has gone mainstream over the last couple of years. But while people agree over the idea of privacy legislation in theory, the substance of that legislation—that is, what a privacy bill would actually do—is fiercely contested. To explore these competing visions of what people are trying to do when they talk about comprehensive privacy legislation, Benjamin Wittes moderated a live panel discussion at the Brookings Institution with David Hoffman, associate
In a filing opposing the House Judiciary Committee's efforts to seek a court order allowing release of grand jury material relevant to the Mueller investigation, the Justice Department argues that the committee's request does not fall under any exceptions to Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure because the committee is not involved in impeachment proceedings, citing to statements by Democratic congressional leadership.
Did a federal grand jury refuse to hand up an indictment of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe? No media organization has reported that this is what happened Thursday, but something clearly happened when the grand jury met—and that something wasn’t the McCabe indictment that everyone was expecting. McCabe’s indictment had been on charges related to alleged lies to internal Justice Department investigators about his contacts with the media in 2016.
On Thursday, ABC the third debate of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, moderated by Linsey Davis, David Muir, Jorge Ramos and George Stephanopoulos. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized both thematically and chronologically. A complete transcript of the can be found through the Washington Post. Mass Shootings and Gun Violence. MUIR: I want to turn to the deadly mass shootings here in this country…Vice President Biden, I do want to direct this to you, because we all remember Sandy Hook… At the time, there was a groundswell in this country to get something done. President Obama asked you to lead the push for gun control. You have often pointed t.
In an effort to reduce tensions with Turkey, the Pentagon is preparing to deploy approximately 150 troops to northeastern Syria, the New York Times. The deployment is designed to support Turkish efforts to prevent Kurdish fortifications near the Turkish border while avoiding larger conflict between Kurdish and Turkish forces. U.S. senators announced that $250 million in military aid for Ukraine has been released by the Trump administration, to Reuters. The money will support the ongoing Ukrainian military effort against pro-Russian separatists. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied a Politico report suggesting that Israel had cellphone surveillance devices located around Washington, DC, including near the White House, the Washing.
The military commission trying alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi reconvened Aug. 21-28. You can find previous Lawfare coverage and . A major focus early in the proceedings was the state of Hadi’s health and claims that it prevented him from participating in the military commission proceedings. The commission also addressed several other issues, including a recusal request based on a staff attorney’s transition to the Department of Justice, a challenge to the suitability of a new cell for Hadi closer to where proceedings are held, a challenge to the commission’s convening authority and several motions relating to the preparation of Hadi’s defense. August 21. Military judge Lt. Col. M.D. Libretto called the to order. Of note was
The House Judiciary Committee voted for the first time on a potential impeachment investigation of President Trump. The vote, which followed party lines, is largely a symbolic gesture intended to signal progress towards impeachment without filing formal charges, to the New York Times. President Trump commented publicly that John Bolton, his ousted national security adviser, had made “some very big mistakes” and “wasn’t in line with what we were doing,” the Washington Post. Initially, Bolton declined to comment on Trump’s statements but later remarked: “I will have my say in due course.”Following a parliamentary vote, British ministers officially published the previously leaked Yellowhammer no-deal Brexit document. The document outlines a s.
On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court a preliminary injunction imposed by Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the third country asylum rule recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The rule would bar foreign nationals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border from receipt of U.S. asylum when they transit through a third country without applying for protection in that country. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the stay, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The complete stay of the preliminary injunction supplanted a partial stay issued the previous day by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which had limited the injunction to states within the Ninth Circuit, such.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on . In the last two months, pressure in Turkey to send Syrian refugees back to their home country have been mounting. This is not surprising. Turkey, with more than refugees, has become the in the world in less than a decade. This has been a shock to Turkish politics, and public resentment is reflected in opinion polls: In , one poll showed that 82% of Turks wanted to send Syrians home. Syrian refugees were once received with societal generosity in Turkey; more recently, there have been . But instead of insisting on returning refugees to Syria, Turkey should—together with the EU—explore policies to help them become more self-reliant and productive members of the Turkish economy. Forced Return.
The highest court of Scotland ruled that Boris Johnson’s recent suspension of Parliament was unlawful, the BBC. The decision comes before a major case in the UK Supreme Court next week which could order the recall of MPs. The E.U. gave competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager control over digital regulation and antitrust enforcement effectively making her “the equivalent of the European Union’s digital czar,” the New York Times. Previously, she has led legal cases and initiated investigations into big tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook. With John Bolton removed as national security adviser, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have more control over foreign policy debates in the administration, the Washington Post . At a
U.S., China to Resume Trade Talks, but Obstacles Remain. The announcement last week that the United States and China would trade talks in October sent , but many obstacles remain before a deal is in sight. The two sides announced last week that Vice Premier Liu He, who has been leading the talks on the Chinese side, would travel to the United States for negotiations with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Deputies from both the United States and China will also later this month in preparation for the negotiations. Liu’s trip will resume talks after a recent rough patch in the bilateral relationship, by the announcement in August of new tariffs to be imposed by both sides. A 15 percent tarif.

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