Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Mikhaila Fogel
Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:45 PM

A seven-year-old girl died of dehydration and shock after being taken to a U.S. border control facility, reports the Washington Post. The girl and her father were part of a group of more than 160 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally before turning themselves in to border patrol agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says the Post. The Senate measure to cut off U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign is unlikely to pass the House of Representatives, however. The resolution to condemn the crown prince for Khashoggi’s killing passed the Senate without objection.

Federal investigators are looking into whether the Trump inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised in donations, according to the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are also examining whether foreign persons illegally funneled money to the Trump inaugural committee and a Trump-connected political action committee (PAC) for the purpose of buying influence within the new administration, reports the New York Times. Foreign contributions to federal campaigns, PACs and inaugural funds are prohibited under federal law. 

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Friday that Turkish forces will move into the Syrian town of Manbij if the U.S. does not force YPG Kurdish fighters in the area to withdraw. Erdogan also said his forces would target other Kurdish-controlled areas to the east of Manbij, reports Reuters.

Russia is prepared to discuss mutual inspections in an effort to salvage the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty after the United States set out plans to exit the agreement, says Reuters.

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Curtis Bradley, Oona Hathaway and Jack Goldsmith examined the apparently diminishing role of Article II treaties in U.S. foreign policy.

Scott Anderson updated readers on the state of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Doreen Lustig reviewed James Loeffler’s book, “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century.”

Mikhaila Fogel shared Maria Butina’s guilty plea and statement of offense. Butina, a Russian gun rights activist, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to influence U.S. politics.

 

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