Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Mikhaila Fogel
Monday, September 9, 2019, 4:17 PM

President Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had canceled what were previously secret arrangements to meet with the Taliban and Afghan government at Camp David. The New York Times details how the plan initially came together but ultimately failed.

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday on a set of rules governing potential impeachment hearings, according to the Associated Press.

The suspension of British Parliament proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to move forward later-than-expected, after Parliament rejected his calls for a snap election, reports the BBC. The body is also expected to vote on legislation compelling the prime minister to delay Britain’s exit from the European Union until Jan. 31, 2020—Johnson has promised that Brexit will occur on Oct. 31. Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has resigned, says The Washington Post.

The Trump administration is contemplating enacting a controversial plan to study if monitoring mentally ill people through their smart-phones and wearable devices for small changes in certain indicators could prevent mass shootings, writes the Post.

U.S. Air Force leadership has ordered a review of how it chooses accommodations for overnight flights after reports that aircrews had occasionally stayed at President Trump’s resort in Scotland during refueling stops, according to Politico.

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Asfandyar Mir analyzed the continued challenge that Al-Qaeda poses to the United States.

Jacques Singer-Emery summarized a ruling out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia regarding the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), or “watchlist.”

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Scott Anderson hosts Margaret Taylor and reporters Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer of Foreign Policy magazine in a discussion of a recent State Department inspector general’s report alleging political manipulation and abusive practices inside the department’s International Organization bureau.

Quinta Jurecic posted the government and President Trump’s motion to dismiss in House Ways and Means Committee v. Treasury Department.

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