Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Sarah Tate Chambers
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3:00 PM

At least 48 people were killed and 76 injured by a suicide bomber at a private learning center Shiite district of Kabul, according to the Washington Post. Most of those hurt in the attack were high school students. While no group has claimed responsibility, but the attack resemble those previously carried out in Afghanistan by the Islamic State.

Closing arguments begin in the Paul Manafort trial, wrote the Post. Each side will have two hours to present their arguments.

Police identified a suspect outside the British Houses of Parliament yesterday, said the Post. Salih Khater, a 29-year-old who lives in Birmingham, is a British citizen who immigrated from Sudan. He was arrested yesterday after allegedly crashing his car into a barrier outside of Parliament. No one was severely injured in the attack.

State department foreign service officers wrote Secretary Pompeo a letter detailing how the State Department has dramatically cut funding for their children with special needs, reported Foreign Policy. In the letter,State Department is accused of denying benefits that are guaranteed by law. The cuts have prevented officers from taking certain posts or have forced them to hide their children’s conditions.

The federal government is reviewing the citizenship petition process of over 2,500 naturalized U.S. citizens, according to the Miami Herald. Of those 2,500 petitions, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service found reasonable suspicion that 100 were fraudulent, according to an agency spokesperson. Suspicious petitions have been referred to the Justice Department.

Wi-fi appears to be able to detect weapons and bombs, said the BBC. Researchers can that wireless signals can measure dimensions of metal objects inside bags with 95 percent accuracy. Wi-fi would be a low-cost option for screening individuals in situations where it is expensive to install traditional screening infrastructure.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig made the case for why TSA should reduce screening at small airports—or at least study the issue.

Benjamin Wittes continued the week-long feature on federalist governance in the Middle East.

Bradley P. Moss explained why the White House cannot silence Omarosa Manigault-Newman.

Scott R. Anderson, Sarah Tate Chambers and Molly E. Reynolds reviewed the new NDAA.

Matthew Kahn posted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s denial of a motion for initial en banc hearing in Qassim v. Trump.

J. Dana Stuster summarized some recent events in the Middle East, including an airstrike on a school bus in Yemen and deterioration of U.S.-Turkey relations.

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