Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 11:37 AM

In a bid to stymie factions that oppose a no-deal Brexit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would suspend parliament through mid-October on Wednesday, details the New York Times.

China has declined to let a U.S. naval warship port in Qingdao, Reuters reports.

China’s intelligence services are using LinkedIn to target foreign and U.S. government officials and citizens for recruitment, writes the Times.

A key trans-Pacific undersea data cable backed by Google, Facebook and a major Chinese investor faces jeopardy from senior U.S. officials on national security grounds, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Anthony Levandowski, who led Google’s autonomous car division before moving to Uber, faces trade secret theft charges after federal prosecutors in California released a 33-count indictment against him on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

The encrypted-messaging platform Telegram is proceeding with plans to release a cryptocurrency it calls the “Gram” in the coming months, reports the Times.

Explosions at two checkpoints in Gaza City on Tuesday night killed three Hamas police officers, details the Times. Hamas, the militant group that runs the Gaza territory, declared a state of emergency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said he would not meet with President Donald Trump unless the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran, a day after Trump and Rouhani both signalled a possible opening for leader-to-leader talks, reports the Journal.

Attorney General Bill Barr booked President Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel for a holiday party costing over $30,000, raising ethics concerns, writes the Post.

Yesterday on Lawfare

Benjamin Wittes argued that a Times story reporting that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe may face federal false statement charges and surrounding events should raise suspicion about whether something unusual is afoot at the Justice Department.

Michael O’Hanlon evaluated the proposed peace agreement between the United States and th Afghan Taliban.

Jen Patja Howell posted the latest Lawfare Podcast, featuring South Asia security expert and Georgetown professor Christine Fair on the recent developments in Kashmir.

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