Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:09 PM

Senator Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. were also sent pipe bombs in the mail similar to the ones sent to other prominent political figures over the last week, reports the New York Times. A man from Florida, Cesar Sayoc Jr., age 56, has been arrested as the prime suspect in the case, and the Department of Justice will host a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, according to CNBC.

Facebook took down 82 pages, accounts and groups that originated in Iran and targeted the U.S. and U.K. on Friday over concerns of inauthentic or misleading activity involving politically charged posts on race, immigration and the President, says Facebook’s newsroom.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia reveal the location of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s remains, and surrender the 18 people Riyadh arrested in the case to Istanbul, reports the Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia is waging a devastating economic war on Yemen that has caused extensive famine, says the Times. Soaring prices, punitive airstrikes and economic pressure rather than lack of food is causing the widespread hunger.

In the first official visit of a Japanese leader to Beijing since 2011, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an end to the foreign aid that Tokyo provides to China in acknowledgement of China’s economic dominance, reports the Times.

The Trump administration is considering blocking ports of entry on the Mexican border to prevent migrants, including asylum seekers, from entering the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. As of yet, no final decisions have been made.

U.N. inspectors are seeking to identify a shipment of weapons seized off of the Yemeni coast by the U.S. Navy that American officials suspect could be evidence of Iranian support for Houthi rebels, says the Post.

A politician in New Zealand received a massive campaign contribution of $66,000 from an unidentified donor who has well-documented ties to the Chinese Communist Party, reports the Times.. New Zealand is an important part of the Five Eyes intelligence network, and potential Chinese influence in the country’s politics is concerning to many.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stephen Bates worked to mitigate expectations about a so-called Mueller Report.

Alden Fletcher discussed foreign influence and interference in U.S. elections during the 1790s.

Stephanie Zable analyzed how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Sessions v. Dimaya affects sentencing for terrorism convictions.

Hillary Hurd and Elena Chachko assessed the strategic effectiveness of the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Cold War-era Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Harry Graver and Scott R. Anderson took a look at the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018, and its effects on U.S. foreign assistance policy regardless of its constitutionality.

Mieke Eoyang, Ryan Pougiales, and Benjamin Wittes analyzed the September 2018 results of their polling project on public confidence in government institutions on national security matters.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck posted this week’s episode of the National Security Law Podcast---the first part of a two part deep-dive into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s history, key issues that drove its development and its status today.

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