Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Monday, April 8, 2019, 3:42 PM

President Donald Trump announced that he would designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, the New York Times reports.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday, according to the Washington Post. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will serve as acting secretary pending Nielsen’s permanent replacement.

Following Nielsen’s departure, Trump is expected to remove the directors of the Secret Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as the Department of Homeland Security General Counsel, reports the Times.

Yujing Zhang, the woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago with a thumb drive containing malware, also had a signal detector, nine USB drives, five SIM cards and thousands of dollars in cash in her hotel room, CNN reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank if he is re-elected in Tuesday’s national elections, Politico details.

The Libyan National Army, under control of General Khalifa Haftar, advanced outside of its zone of territorial control in the east towards Tripoli, as fighting escalated between Libya’s two competing governments, according to Reuters.

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Jeremy Gordon summarized McKeever v. Barr, the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on the authority of district courts to publicly release grand jury material.

Stephen Bates analyzed the McKeever ruling’s effects beyond the release of the Mueller report.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast: Culper Partners Rule of Law Series featuring a discussion with David Kris, Nate Jones and former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler.

Sama’a Al-Hamdani took a deep dive into the Houthi faction fighting in Yemen for this week’s Foreign Policy Essay.

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