Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Friday, March 15, 2019, 3:21 PM

Two New Zealand mosques were the targets of mass shootings that killed 49 people on Friday, the New York Times reports. The terrorist attacks were reportedly inspired by white supremacist ideology and live streamed on social media.

A federal grand jury in New Mexico returned a superseding indictment charging five people, who were initially indicted in September on weapons conspiracy charges, with terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack members of the FBI and military, NPR details.

New forensic analysis of the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee was unsealed in a defamation lawsuit brought by a Russian businessman against BuzzFeed over its publication of the dossier authored by Christopher Steele, according to the Washington Post.

Deputy Foreign Minister of North Korea, Choe Son Hui, declared that North Korea is considering a suspension of nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in the wake of an unsuccessful bilateral summit in February, CNN reports.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. will withhold visas from International Criminal Court personnel investigating American conduct in Afghanistan and is considering the same action for those investigating Israeli conduct, the AP details.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and attorneys for former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates requested a delay in Gates’ sentencing due to his continuing cooperation with the government “in several ongoing investigations,” according to Politico.

Israel struck over 100 targets in the Gaza Strip following the launch of two rockets from Gaza towards Tel Aviv, the Times details. Both Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces concluded that the initial rockets from Gaza were launched “by mistake.”

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Bob Bauer discussed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments on impeachment in light of current debate on its role.

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