Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Victoria Clark
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 12:56 PM

The Justice Department inspector general will issue a report Thursday on the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, reports CNN. The report took 17 months to compile, and CNN says it is expected to be released at 2 p.m.

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to blame Israel for the recent violence in Gaza, according to the New York Times. The U.N. General Assembly voted Wednesday night on a resolution that condemned Israel’s “excessive use of force,” and sought further recommendations to protect citizens in the area. Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, was not specifically mentioned in the resolution’s language. The Israeli ambassador to the UN called the vote “anti-Semitism.” Israel, Australia, the U.S. and a handful of other small nations were the only countries to vote no.

The U.S. will maintain current sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang has completed denuclearization, reports BBC. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told regional allies that the U.S. remains committed to “verifiable” and “irreversible” denuclearization. The Wall Street Journal reported that Japanese Prime Minister is considering a summit with North Korea on his own. Japan has been advocating in recent weeks for the U.S. to address the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by the North, but so far other issues have dominated at the negotiating table. Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Japan’s desire to resolve “our mutual issues.”

Apple announced a new feature that could make it harder for investigators to access iPhone data, according to the Wall Street Journal. The feature, called “USB Restricted Mode,” is currently in beta testing. This product is the latest development in the years-long standoff between Apple and law enforcement. In other Apple news, the Washington Post reports that the tech giant is ending its policy of allowing apps to sell user’s contact information to third parties.

An American citizen was arrested in Vietnam for protesting, reports the Times. William Nguyen, a master’s student at the University of Singapore, joined the massive protests in Vietnam over the past week over proposed special economic zones. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said the State Department was aware of the reports but declined to comment further.

The World Cup began today, ushering in four weeks of geopolitical posturing, according to Reuters. The tournament will spread across 11 Russian cities, and millions of fans are expected to attend. Most western leaders are boycotting the event due to Russia aggression and interference in other nation’s affairs - such as the 2016 U.S. election - but French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to watch his team if it advances to later rounds. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an avid fan, has not yet said whether she will attend. The world is watching to see whether FIFA lives up to their motto of “sport without politics."

A small group of reporters was allowed to tour a converted Walmart that houses nearly 1,500 immigrant children. The building is known as “Casa Padre,” and it is run by the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs under a federal contract to aid immigrant children detained at the border, some of whom were forcibly separated from their parents. Children spend on average 49 days inside the facility, where they are clothed, fed, and given medical attention. The Washington Post has the full story.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Timothy Edgar argued Trump cannot end the Russian probe without further consequences.

Philip Bobbitt responded to a critique of his proposal to end the Korean War.

Wenqing Zhao and David Stanton rounded up recent China-U.S. technology and policy news.

David Pozen deconstructed internet freedom in America.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck discussed Singapore on the latest National Security Law Podcast.

Jen Patja Howell posted this week’s Rational Security, the “‘De-Nuked’ Edition,” where Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Tamara Cofman Wittes talked Singapore, leaks, and the Middle East.

Quinta Jurecic posted the U.S. District Court ruling allowing a lawsuit that challenges aspects of the targeted-killing program to go forward.

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