Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Friday, December 6, 2019, 1:35 PM

President Trump petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to block a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee for his financial documents, reports Politico.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has offered the United States an extension for the bilateral New START treaty on nuclear arms reduction that is currently set to expire in 2021, according to the Washington Post. John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, said that the United States is seeking a broader treaty that includes China.

Attorney General Bill Barr met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday to discuss designating drug cartels as terrorist organizations, reports the Post.

The Trump administration announced it will no longer pursue a proposed regulation that would require U.S. citizens to be photographed when entering or leaving the country, according to Reuters.

Representatives of Britain, France and Germany sent a letter to Iran that accuses Iran of ballistic missile tests that violate UN resolutions, reports the New York Times. Meanwhile, Brian H. Hook, the U.S. State Department’s special representative for Iran, claimed that Iranian security forces had killed around 1,000 people since protests over gasoline prices began in November.

A general strike and large scale demonstrations began across France on Thursday in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to overhaul the pension system, reports the Times.

Three people were killed in a shooting early Friday at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., according to the Times. The gunman, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy, has been identified as a Saudi national.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode in the Arbiters of Truth series of The Lawfare Podcast, in which Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek spoke with David Kaye, a UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, about policing speech online.

Sam Bieler and Randy Milch proposed linking the FTC’s cybersecurity enforcement regime to tools from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to help solve problems faced by both programs.

Robert Chesney, Max Smeets and Monica Kaminska shared a report from a workshop hosted in Amsterdam on military operations in the cyber domain.

Gordon Ahl posted Trump’s petition for the Supreme Court to hear a case involving the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena for the president’s financial records.

Ahl also posted an indictment of two Russian nationals connected to a hacking scheme.

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