Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 11:55 AM

Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party vote on Tuesday to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister, and will take office three months before the planned Brexit date, reports the New York Times. Johnson has promised the nation will leave by the Oct. 31 deadline, with the possibility of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

Chinese telecom company Huawei said they are ready to sign a “no backdoor” agreement with any country, amid pressure from the United States, writes Reuters. With such a deal, the company would pledge to prevent the Chinese government from accessing customers’ data through hidden backdoors.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, just one day before former special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to testify before two House committees on his investigation into Russian election interference, says CBS News. You can watch the livestream on Lawfare here.

A power outage affected most of Venezuela on Monday, leaving at least 19 of the country’s 23 states without power, with the government claiming it was caused by an “electromagnetic attack” but providing no further details, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Records and digital identification documents from students at Lancaster University were stolen and fraudulent invoices sent to some applicants in a “sophisticated and malicious” cyber attack, according to the Guardian.

President Trump denied Iran’s claim that it detained 17 individuals accused of spying for the CIA, says the Hill.

Protests erupted in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people called for governor Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation, and police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators. Rosselló pledged on Sunday that he would not run for re-election, but protestors are demanding his immediate resignation, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Kemal Kirisci and Gokce Uysal Kolasin addressed the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey, arguing that they need better access to permanent jobs.

Hadley Baker and Mikhaila Fogel shared a list of everything the Mueller report says President Trump did, said or knew, in preparation for the former special counsel’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday.

Daniel Richman reviewed Charles Lane’s new book, “Freedom’s Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror.”

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