Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Benjamin Pollard
Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 4:09 PM

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Former President Donald Trump said the FBI searched his private residence at Mar-a-lago on Monday. The New York Times reported that the search was related to classified documents that the former president took with him to his Florida club after leaving office. The search is reportedly not connected to the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to Pentagon estimates, between 70,000 and 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian military is currently composed of approximately 900,000 troops, according to the Wall Street Journal. Pentagon officials also announced that the United States would be sending an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

At least one person was killed and several others were injured in explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea, according to regional authorities. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the explosions were caused by aviation ammunition. AP News reported that some users on Ukrainian social media have said they believe the explosions resulted from Ukrainian missile strikes.

Russia announced that it will not agree to resume inspections of its nuclear arsenal under the New START treaty with the United States. Inspections were temporarily suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. More recently, U.S. officials signaled support for returning to on-site inspections. Moscow said travel restrictions imposed by the United States prevented Russian inspectors from conducting evaluations of American arms, thus altering the conditions of the treaty.

Heavy rains have killed 10 people in South Korea. Seven other individuals have been reported missing as the country struggles amid its highest rainfall ever recorded. The heavy rain has resulted in the flooding of homes and subway stations. As of Tuesday, more than 18 inches of rain was recorded in areas of Seoul.

Polls have closed in Kenya, in a presidential election in which Deputy President William Ruto faced off against opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is supported by the country’s current president. Early reports indicate a voter turnout of approximately 56 percent. The results of the election are expected to be released within one week.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Quinta Jurecic sat down with Thomas Rid and Brandon Van Grack to discuss the Justice Department indictment of Russian national Aleksandr Ionov.

Scott Moore argued that the CHIPS and Science Act relies too heavily on subsidies and state direction to be truly effective.

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