Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hayley Evans
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:43 PM

The man suspected of plowing a rental van into pedestrians in northern Toronto on Monday has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, though his motive is still unknown, CNN reports. On Monday suspect Alek Minassian, 25, sped down a busy Toronto street and careened onto a sidewalk, leaving 10 people dead and 15 injured. Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stated, “There would appear to be no national security connection,” while Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said, “it’s very clear just from a general perspective to say that the actions definitely look deliberate.” Minassian’s next court appearance will be a bail hearing on May 10.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team says the FBI’s first look at Paul Manafort’s storage locker had the consent of Manafort’s assistant, an occupant on the lease, Politico reports. A key defense argument alleges that the FBI received permission from Manafort’s assistant, Alexander Trusko, to gain access to the storage locker on May 26, the day before the court-ordered search. In a court filing on Monday night, Mueller’s prosecutors argued for the legality of the search in part because Trusko also had signed the lease for the storage unit.

French President Emmanuel Macron has told President Donald Trump that he wants a “new agreement” on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Bloomberg reports. Macron stated that he wants to negotiate an agreement that would curb Iran’s development of ballistic missiles, contain its involvement in regional wars, and halt its nuclear program. Macron’s comments came after Trump warned Iran not to restart its nuclear program even if the U.S. withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal. Trump plans to announce by May 12 whether or not the U.S. will withdraw.

The Department of Homeland Security has not taken sufficient actions to ensure that it successfully mitigates cybersecurity risks on federal and private-sector computer systems and networks, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports.

On a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that foreign companies cannot be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute, reports the Washington Post. The case asked whether Arab Bank, a Jordanian company with a legal entity in New York, could be held liable under the law for transferring money from the U.S. that ultimately financed terrorist attacks in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

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Robert Chesney discussed whether the U.S. government can transfer a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, without his consent, from U.S. military custody in Iraq to Saudi custody in Saudi Arabia, in his Doe v. Mattis update.

Peter Margulies explored the merits of the government’s expected reliance on the president’s Article II power when it argues Trump v. Hawaii before the Supreme Court on April 25.

In this month’s Water Wars, Timothy Saviola and Nathan Swire posted about the building tensions as the South China Sea hosts military exercises.

Catherine Padhi explained why there is no requirement that a platform remain neutral in order to maintain Section 230 immunity, despite what Senator Cruz implied while questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Matthew Kahn shared the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s opinion in Doe v. Mattis on the government’s proposed transfer of John Doe.

In response to newly disclosed documents undergirding the international intelligence sharing arrangement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, Scarlet Kim, Diana Lee, Asaf Lubin, and Paulina Perlin summarized several of the disclosures and their implications.

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