Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 4:35 PM

Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated early on Wednesday, reports NPR. Prime Minister Claude Joseph reported that a “highly trained and heavily armed group” attacked the presidential residence around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Joseph urged an international investigation into the attack and a UN Security Council meeting addressing the situation in Haiti after the assassination. Moïse’s wife, Haiti’s first lady, was also wounded in the attack.  

A court filing from India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a high court in New Delhi asserts that Twitter is no longer protected from liability for content published by its users, according to Reuters. According to the filing, Twitter failed to comply with India’s new rules for social media companies, which went into effect in May. The filing is part of a case brought against Twitter by a user alleging that the company had failed to comply with its duties under the new law. 

President Biden announced a summer-long vaccination effort to reach Americans resistant to getting vaccinated, reports the Washington Post. The strategy will focus on providing local doctors and medical experts with enough shots for their communities, relying on trusted messengers to convince people that the vaccines are safe and effective after larger public messaging campaigns have failed.

Former President Donald Trump filed suit against Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and the companies’ CEOs, according to the Associated Press. The suits argue that the platforms’ bans and suspensions of Trump and his supporters for sharing false information violate the First Amendment, even though the companies are private entities. The former president and the other plaintiffs filed the suits in federal court in Miami.

The Taliban entered Qala-e-Naw, the capital of the Badghis province in Afghanistan, before reportedly being removed from the city by Afghan troops, writes the BBC. Before government forces cleared the Taliban from the city, militants freed 400 inmates in the city’s prison, including more than 100 Taliban fighters. 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes spoke with Matt Tait, the chief operating officer of Corellium, about ransomware and other cybersecurity threats.

Bruce Brown and Gabe Rottman examined the Justice Department's demands for journalist records under the Trump administration. 

Matt Gluck and Jack Goldsmith shared their article in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, in which they examined Trump’s 238 clemency grants, only 25 of which were recommended by the pardon attorney.

Rohini Kurup shared a Department of Defense report from an independent review on sexual assault in the military.

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