Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 12:59 PM

The Watergate Road Map, a report that fueled the push for impeaching President Nixon, has been partially released by the National Archives.

Five senior Taliban members who were released from Guantánamo Bay in 2014 in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have now joined the Taliban’s political commission in Qatar as the U.S. engages in peace talks with the Taliban, reports the New York Times.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department unsealed charges filed on Oct. 25 against 10 Chinese intelligence officers, hackers and recruits for conspiring to steal commercial aerospace secrets from U.S. and European countries, marking the third time since September that the U.S. has unsealed charges Chinese intelligence officers for stealing intellectual property, reports the Post.

A bomb carried by a 17-year-old male exploded in Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) regional headquarters in the northern province of Arkhangelsk on Wednesday, killing the teenager and injuring three others, reports the Wall Street Journal. Russia’s anti-terrorism committee is investigating the incident.

Senator Marco Rubio and four other Republican lawmakers appealed to President Trump on Wednesday to suspend civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia in light of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s actions in Yemen and Lebanon, says Reuters.

Denmark is pushing for new EU sanctions against Iran after Danish intelligence blamed Tehran for a failed assassination attempt on Danish soil of an Iranian dissident, says the Post.

Turkey is beginning work on its first domestically produced long-range air defense missile system, with its first delivery planned in 2021; meanwhile, Turkey is purchasing S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Bruce Riedel analyzed the difficulty of the U.S.’s relationship with Yemen; historically, Yemen policy has been treated as a subset of Saudi policy, but with the civil war, things have to change.

Matthew Kahn shared the Justice Department’s indictment of 10 Chinese intelligence officers and their recruits who attempted to steal commercial aerospace information in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Bob Bauer explored the role of the White House counsel in navigating President Trump’s goal of ending birthright citizenship within the United States, as well as the nature of the responsibilities of the position.

Carrie Cordero and Quinta Jurecic assessed the chaos that may be caused by President Trump’s pursuit of ending birthright citizenship.

Jen Patja Howell posted a new episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a Brookings Institution panel discussion on the effects of U.S. policy in Yemen on long-term stability in the region.

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