Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 2:52 PM

President Trump is considering using an executive order to end birthright citizenship, a move that legal experts say is unconstitutional, reports the Washington Post.

China’s renminbi has been losing strength since mid-April, and on Tuesday, it hit its lowest point in a decade, says the New York Times. This threat to the Chinese economy may escalate the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and push Beijing to make more aggressive currency moves, according to the Times.

Experts say that Mohammed bin Salman’s rule as crown prince has been characterized by aggressive accumulation of power, a subversion of institutional norms of caution and structural changes to Saudi checks and balances on the prince; however, some argue that his continued power is a stabilizing force in the Arab world, says the Post.

Roger Stone’s 2016 conference calls on WikiLeaks’ release of hacked DNC emails in 2016 are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, reports the Wall Street Journal. Authorities have also reportedly subpoenaed Mr. Stone’s text messages, emails, and social media messages.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran will have “severe consequences” for the world order as U.S. allies in Europe have remained committed to the Iran nuclear deal and Asian allies such as South Korea have asked for flexibility in sanctions in order to trade with Iran, says Reuters.

A suspicious package addressed to CNN was intercepted on Monday in Atlanta, three days after a suspect in last week’s mail bombings, 56 year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr., was arrested in connection with the bombings, reports Politico.

The U.S. is calling for North Korea to take verifiable steps towards denuclearization before an official end to the Korean War is declared, says Reuters. There have also been talks between Washington and Seoul to present a more unified front to North Korea, even as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made unilateral efforts in recent months to engage with Pyongyang.

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Jim Baker, in the fourth installment of his series on AI and counterintelligence, responded to criticism that AI is neither artificial or intelligent; instead, some experts argue, it may be just computer code.

Robert Chesney provided an in-depth analysis of the legal and policy lessons of the Doe v. Mattis case in the wake of Doe’s release.

Scott R. Anderson evaluated three ways the U.S. could leave the INF Treaty and the consequences withdrawal may have in terms of non-proliferation and President Trump’s authority over treaties.

Jack Goldsmith called attention to a new Hoover Institution project on Governance in an Emerging New World.

Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, focusing on American soft power and trolling around the world.

Stephanie Leutert shared her experience traveling with Honduran migrants who are not in the so-called Caravan.

Quinta Jurecic assessed the downfall of Gab, a far-right extremist social media platform, and the broader social media policing debate that accompanies it.

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