Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Friday, December 13, 2019, 4:29 PM

The Conservative Party won a large parliamentary majority in the United Kingdom elections on Thursday, bolstering Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chances of successfully withdrawing from the European Union, according to the New York Times. The Scottish National Party gained more than a dozen seats, intensifying calls for another Scottish independence referendum.

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, one alleging that he abused his power and one that he obstructed Congress, reports the Times. The committee had paused proceedings late Thursday night, after a 14-hour session, writes POLITICO. The full House is expected to debate and vote on the issue next week.

Federal officials are investigating this week’s deadly shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City as an act of domestic terrorism, says the Washington Post.

The United States special envoy to North Korea is set to visit South Korea on Sunday to consult with South Korean officials about denuclearization ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s year-end deadline for the U.S. to soften its stance in denuclearization talks, writes Reuters.

President Trump settled on final terms for “Phase One” of a partial trade deal with China, agreeing to a reduction in some tariffs on Chinese goods and canceling a round of tariffs set to take effect on Sunday, according to CNN.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jacob Shulz shared a livestream of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing to mark up the draft articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Bruce Riedel remembered the 2009 bombing in Afghanistan by an al-Qaeda triple agent and the ongoing search for Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, the latest edition in the Arbiters of Truth series, in which contributors spoke with Tiffany Li on privacy and disinformation leading up to the 2020 election.

Peter Marguiles analyzed the Inspector General’s report and the issues it raises in terms of the FBI’s role in the FISA process.

Mikhaila Fogel shared a memo from the Office of Management and Budget defending their decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the latest episode of the National Security Law Podcast, in which they discussed the articles of impeachment, the Inspector General’s report, Amazon’s lawsuit over the Department of Defense’s decision in a bid for a cloud computing contract last month and more.

Lester Munson shared the most recent episode of the Fault Lines podcast focused on China, specifically the Hong Kong protests and oppression in Xinjiang.

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