Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Friday, May 18, 2018, 5:33 PM

Editor’s note: This post is shorter than usual. Our normal Headlines and Commentary coverage will resume on Monday.

Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump’s personal lawyers, said he has heard, but cannot confirm, that there was an FBI informant in the Trump campaign, according to the Washington Post.

Sergei Skripal, the Russian-spy-turned-double-agent who was poisoned in a chemical attack in Britain earlier this year, left the hospital, the Times reports.

Prosecutors say that Chinese spies assured former CIA operative Jerry Chun Shing Lee that they would take care of him for life if he turned over sensitive documents, reports the Post. Lee is suspected of sharing classified information that led to the dismantling of U.S. informant networks in China.

For the New York Times, Charlie Savage and Alexander Burns write that future members of Congress, not the special counsel, may determine Donald Trump’s future.

The United States and South Korea called off joint military exercises ahead of talks with North Korea, reports the Wall Street Journal. A senior North Korean official said earlier in the week that the exercises could scuttle potential negotiations.

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David Manners-Weber argued that statutory certification requirements played a substantive function in undermining President Obama’s plans to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Tanvi Madan wrote that the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Iran deal complicates Indian commercial policies.

Matthew Kahn published the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity strategy report.

Kahn posted a special edition of the Lawfare Podcast with guest Anthony Cormier discussing his latest story on the efforts to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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