Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Benjamin Pollard
Friday, June 10, 2022, 2:22 PM

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The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol showed new footage of the attack and video testimony from a number of Trump aides on day one of the panel’s hearings, writes the New York Times. The hearing also included testimony from documentarian Nick Quested and Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards.

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested on misdemeanor charges connected to his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, reports the Washington Post. Kelley’s home in Allendale, Michigan, was searched by the FBI and he has since been released from custody. He faces four counts, including trespassing, which carry up to a year in prison.

According to a Ukrainian presidential adviser, around 200 Ukrainian soldiers are dying each day from the Russian military offensive, writes AP News. The announcement marks an increase from the 100 a day death toll provided earlier by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukraine says it needs more weapons from the West to effectively combat Russian troops and lessen casualties. 

Two British men and one Moroccan man were sentenced to death by a court in a Russia-occupied region of Ukraine after they were charged with being mercenaries, reports the New York Times. The men had fought for the Ukrainian military. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss objected to the verdict, calling it a “sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.” The trial was likely intended to discourage foreign fighters from assisting the Ukrainian forces, according to experts.

Russia and China opened a road bridge between the two countries, writes Reuters. The highway bridge draws Russia closer to China as its economy struggles amid Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. A Russian state-owned news agency said the infrastructure project cost $342 million and connects the Chinese city of Heihe with the urban center of Blagoveshchensk in Russia.

President Joe Biden intends to announce a migration plan alongside other Western Hemisphere leaders, writes AP News. The “Los Angeles Declaration” comes at the end of the Summit of the Americas, which was initially beset by disagreements over the invite list. The plan will cover border management, legal pathways, assistance to communities, and coordinated emergency response, according to an official from the Biden administration.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jureic sat down with Genevieve Lakier to discuss the Supreme Court ruling blocking a Texas law from going into effect that would have limited how social media companies could moderate their platforms and required companies to abide by various transparency requirements.

Alicia Wanless and Kamya Yadav discussed the differences between transparency reporting and data sharing and the need for clearer definitions for these topics in regulations.

Jim Dempsey explains how legislation moving through Congress on medical devices suggests broader lessons for improvements in the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and essential products.

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter where he sat down with Lewis Sage-Passant to discuss the history of private sector intelligence efforts, the Pinkertons, and the development of intelligence around modern corporations, among other topics.

Peter Swire argued that the American Data Privacy and Protection Act would provide numerous substantive privacy protections that are long overdue.

Rohini Kurup shared a livestream of the first day of hearings by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack.

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