Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 12:01 PM

A Russian Interior Ministry Official, Maj. Gen. Prokopchuk, is one of the nominees to serve as the next INTERPOL president, alarming some Western officials, human rights activists and Kremlin opponents who argue that Moscow has repeatedly misused INTERPOL against dissenters, reports the Wall Street Journal.

A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s ban on granting asylum to migrants who cross the border illegally, reports the Washington Post.

Chinese and American officials had a dispute over the inclusion of ‘free-trade’ in a draft communiqué at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea on Monday, says the Times. The summit marked the first time since 1989 that no joint statement was issued.

An explosion tore through a large Sunni religious celebration in Afghanistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring at least 60 more. No group claimed the attack, which was the first anti-Sunni attack of this scale in Afghanistan, says the Post.

The U.S. State Department is set to invest millions of dollars into a deradicalization program in Niger that promotes defection from Boko Haram, reports the Post.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jim Baker and Sarah Grant explored what the Watergate ‘Road Map’ can tell us about improper contact between the Nixon White House and Justice Department officials.

Michelle Melton analyzed the ways in which national security is threatened by climate change in the first installment of a three-part series on the issue.

Nathaniel Sobel tracked the SEC’s strategy for incentivizing American corporations’ investment in cybersecurity defenses.

Anthea Roberts, Henrique Choer Moraes and Victor Ferguson argued that we are entering a new ‘geoeconomic world order’ characterized by a convergence of national security and economics as well as a fierce power struggle between the U.S. and China.

Anushka Limaye shared a the complaint in Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, and Sheldon Whitehouse’s lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of Matthew Whitaker’s service as acting attorney general. Limaye also flagged this week’s events and job opportunities in the week that will be.

Evelyn Douek assessed the creation of Facebook’s new ‘Supreme Court’, an independent oversight body that serves to determine the limits of acceptable speech online.

Charlie Dunlap argued that Matthew Whitaker should not have to recuse himself of the Mueller investigation.

Quinta Jurecic announced the creation of Lawfare’s new resource page on litigation related to Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general.

Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which Baker sat down with Mieke Eoyang to discuss Third Way’s new “To Catch a Hacker” report.

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