Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 2:32 PM

The death toll rises to 80 from a suicide bombing attack on Saturday claimed by the Islamic State at a wedding hall in Kabul, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, the United States is expected to meet with Taliban officials in Qatar on Wednesday for the final round of negotiations to reach a deal over Afghanistan, says the Washington Post.

The Trump administration announced plans that could allow the indefinite detention of undocumented families, replacing a decades-old agreement that limited the holding of children to 20 days, reports CNN.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will join a U.S.-led effort to protect ships from Iranian threats in the Strait of Hormuz following recent attacks on oil tankers, which the U.S. blamed on Iran, writes the New York Times. Relatedly, on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the United Nations Security Council that greater cooperation and “fresh thinking to solve old problems” are necessary to solve conflicts in the Middle East, while also condemning Iran for inciting terror and unrest in the region, reports the Post.

President Trump said that he postponed his trip to Denmark due to the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments that Denmark would not sell Greenland to the U.S., according to the Post. The president’s announcement comes days after he tweeted that it “would be nice” for the U.S. to own Greenland from a strategic national security perspective.

Facebook began rolling out its “Clear History” tool which will allow users to see the apps and websites that track their activity and report back to Facebook for ad targeting purposes, and users will then be able to sever those ties including preventing sites from reporting their tracking data to Facebook in the future, reports the Verge. As of now, this service is being made available in Spain, Ireland and South Korea.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stephanie Leuter discussed how the Guatemalan coffee market can help explain the recent increase in northern migration to the U.S.

Barbara McQuade analyzed the recent proposals in Congress to criminalize domestic terrorism.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest edition of the Lawfare Podcast, in which David Priess spoke with Michael Desch on Desch’s latest book, “Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security.”

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