Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Friday, February 15, 2019, 2:33 PM

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border to circumvent congressional objections and secure funding for a border wall, the Washington Post reports. The Justice Department warned Trump a national emergency declaration poses a “high” risk of litigation, the Post reports. Lawfare shared the official proclamation.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, said he disagreed with Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria fighting the Islamic State, according to CNN.

In the deadliest attack in decades, over 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a bombing claimed by the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, the BBC reports.

Dubai International Airport temporarily shut down due to “suspected drone activity,” another case of an airport disruption caused by drones, the New York Times details.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared a new episode of the National Security Law Podcast featuring litigation regarding the authority to court-martial retired service members, the prospects of captured Islamic State fighters being transferred to Guantanamo, and more.

Elena Chachko analyzed an International Court of Justice decision regarding U.S. preliminary injunctions in the Certain Iranian Assets case.

Christopher Porter and Klara Jordan examined debates on cyber attribution that could divide NATO members.

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