Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker, Vishnu Kannan
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 1:32 PM

Hong Kong’s airport canceled flights for the second consecutive day as protestors continued to occupy a terminal, calling for freedom in Hong Kong and denouncing the government and police brutality, reports the Washington Post.

President Trump announced a new immigration policy that would favor wealthier immigrants applying for green cards, denying those who are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing, writes the New York Times.

The House Judiciary Committee said in a filing on Monday that they want the same judge to decide whether Congress can both obtain testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn and obtain materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury, citing that the two cases are related to the possible impeachment of President Trump based on “potentially criminal obstructive conduct,” according to the Hill.

The eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban wrapped up on Monday without any sign that a peace deal was reached for Afghanistan, as the two sides continued discussions on an agreement in which U.S. forces would withdraw from the country on the condition that the Taliban would ensure Afghanistan does not revert to being a base for terror groups, says the Associated Press.

A U.N. panel is investigating at least 35 instances in which North Koreans used cyberattacks to raise funds for U.N.-sanctioned weapons programs, the Associated Press writes. The attacks against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges have yielded as much as $2 billion, the report states. The report also investigates North Korean attempts to evade sanctions on coal exports, imports of refined petroleum products and luxury items.

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David Priess and Margaret Taylor addressed recent confusion over impeachment proceedings.

C. Christine Fair explained the historical and political context of the Indian government’s move to revoke the “special status” of Jammu and Kashmir.

Laya Maheshwari also focused on Jammu and Kashmir, analyzing the legal questions surrounding the issue.

Stephanie Leutert and Sarah Spalding provided an update on the Lawfare model of Central American migration to include data up to July 2019, as well as a Spanish translation of the methodology behind the model.

Hadley Baker shared a legal brief from the House Judiciary Committee in which the committee argued that their case to obtain grand jury materials is related to their efforts to obtain testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.

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