Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 2:57 PM

Israel started a military operation Tuesday to expose and counter tunnels that they believe Hezbollah had been building on the Lebanese border, reports the New York Times.

The email accounts of four senior aides at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were hacked during the 2018 election, reports Politico. Although a NRCC vendor discovered the substantial hack in April, senior House Republicans were not informed of it until Monday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Tuesday in Brussels in which he criticized many international organizations such as the EU, UN, Organization of American States and African Union while praising the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, says the Times.

Violent ‘yellow vest’ protests in France have escalated from unrest in the north over a tax on diesel fuel to a full-blown uprising against French president Emmanuel Macron, reports the Washington Post. While there is no mechanism for the forced removal of a French president, the uprisings may affect Macron’s ability to pursue his agenda.

The European Court of Justice has issued an opinion stating that the UK can unilaterally reverse its exit from the European Union without requesting permission from other EU members, reports the Wall Street Journal. While the final ruling has not yet been issued, the opinion throws a new factor into the British Parliament’s Dec.11 Brexit vote.

After a Tuesday morning briefing from CIA director Gina Haspel on the connection between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have stated that the crown prince was indeed behind the assassination, says NPR.

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Susan Hennessey and Quinta Jurecic argued that there’s a case for Donald Trump’s Monday tweet about Roger Stone to count as witness tampering. Benjamin Wittes explored what a federal judge should ask Mueller about Trump’s tweets.

Natalie Salmanowitz provided a comprehensive overview of the U.S.’s lie detection systems at airport security checkpoints.

Anthea Roberts, Henrique Choer Moraes and Victor Ferguson analyzed the Chinese strategy of technological advancement and cybersecurity in the third installment of their series on the new geoeconomic world order. Read the first two parts of the series here and here.

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