Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 2:37 PM

The highest court of Scotland ruled that Boris Johnson’s recent suspension of Parliament was unlawful, reports the BBC. The decision comes before a major case in the UK Supreme Court next week which could order the recall of MPs.

The E.U. gave competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager control over digital regulation and antitrust enforcement effectively making her “the equivalent of the European Union’s digital czar,”says the New York Times. Previously, she has led legal cases and initiated investigations into big tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook.

With John Bolton removed as national security adviser, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have more control over foreign policy debates in the administration, the Washington Post reports. At a Tuesday news conference, Pompeo stated “There were many times Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed; that’s for sure.”

China’s State Council announced that higher tariffs would not be applied on a dozen U.S. imports for a year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move comes amidst preparations for renewed trade talks in October.

A former official in the Russian government, who was thought to have spied for the United States recently was discovered to be hiding in plain sight near Washington, D.C., reports the Washington Post.

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Molly E. Reynolds and Margaret Taylor described the contents of the House Judiciary Committee’s “Resolution for Investigative Procedures Offered by Chairman Jerrold Nadler” as it adds formality to the impeachment investigation.

Jen Patja Howell posted Tuesday’s Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes speaks with Reynolds and Taylor about the latest on Congress’s impeachment considerations.

Preston Lim described how Canada’s upcoming federal election will be shaped by foreign policy debates with attacks against Trudeau’s record coming from the Conservative Party and New Democratic Party.

Leti Volpp reviewed Jeffrey S. Kahn’s “Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire.”

Mikhaila Fogel shared the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s order to reinstate a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s third country asylum rule.

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