Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Jacques Singer-Emery
Monday, April 29, 2019, 4:05 PM

One person was killed and three were injured in a shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Poway, Calif., reported the Washington Post. Police say that a white supremacist, anti-Semitic manifesto in the name of the main suspect was posted on the website 8chan shortly before the attack.

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler has threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if Barr declines to testify at a scheduled hearing this week, reported the New York Times. Barr has said he will not appear before the committee if it refuses to amend its proposed questioning format. According to the Times, the committee wanted the attorney general to take questions from staff lawyers and intended to question the him behind closed doors about redacted sections of the special counsel’s report.

Two U.S. Navy destroyers sailed through the Taiwan Strait despite warning from China, Reuters reported. The spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet Commander Clay Doss informed the press that the ships’ transit demonstrated the U.S.’s “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on Sunday that China and the U.S. are “entering their final laps” on a trade agreement, said the Times.

An Islamic State media group released a video on Monday of a man said to be the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to the Times. In the video, the man who appeared to be al-Baghdadi praised the perpetrators Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Sri Lanka.

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