Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 10:26 AM

On Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify in open hearings before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the New York Times writes. He will be joined by his top aide, Aaron Zebley, who will serve as an advisor for before the Judiciary Committee and testify before the Intelligence Committee.

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese government could send a garrison of the People’s Liberation Army into Hong Kong to maintain order, the Times reports.

Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign today, according to a source familiar with the situation, CNN writes. The resignation comes after the release of group text messages between the governor and close associates which included homophobic and misogynistic language as well as jokes about victims of Hurricane Maria, according to CNN.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that U.S. proposals for a safe-zone for Kurdish fighters in Syria were not satisfactory to the Turkish Government, Reuters writes.

The Federal Trade Commission finished its 16-month investigation into Facebook and issued a $5 billion fine against the company over privacy violations, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. government said that Facebook deceived its users and misled them regarding the use of their personal data.

The Justice Department will open an investigation into anti-competitive practices by major digital technology firms—potentially including Google, Facebook, Amazon and possibly Apple—Reuters informs.

Cybersecurity company Tad Group was searched by Bulgarian police in the course of the investigation over the country’s biggest data breach, Reuters says. The manager of the firm was detained and law enforcement officers seized the company’s computers. One its employees, Kristian Boykov, is so far the only person charged in connection to the cyberattack against Bulgaria’s tax agency clast month.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Monica M. Ruiz and David Forscey analyzed the potential for the National Guard to enhance cybersecurity in government and business, arguing that this possibility should be taken more seriously as a national security asset.

David Martin offered his views on Chief Justice John Roberts’ recent census ruling.

Vishnu Kannan posted Attorney General William Barr’s keynote address at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University. Bruce Schneier and Herb Lin each offered their analysis of Barr’s speech.

Kannan also posted a notice from the Department of Homeland Security in which the department expanded the scope of their expedited removal designation for undocumented migrants.

Kannan shared the livestream of FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Stewart Baker shared the latest episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he interviewed Frank Blake on the effects of a massive data breach.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest edition of the Lawfare Podcast in which David Priess spoke with Molly Reynolds, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes to discuss former special counsel’s upcoming testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday.

Hadley Baker shared the DC District Court document in which President Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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