Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines & Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:21 PM

Congressional leaders have reached a deal in principle to avoid another partial government shutdown, including funding for 55 miles of border fencing and a reduced cap on detention center beds, the BBC details.

A new Washington Post-Schar School poll on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows a bipartisan majority of Americans polled believes Mueller is more credible than President Donald Trump, along with a number of results, according the Post.

Stanford-based researchers claimed North Korea has continued reprocessing weapons-grade plutonium throughout denuclearization talks with the U.S., Reuters details.

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin who led the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on 10 counts and will face a life sentence, the New York Times reports.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan visited Iraq on Tuesday, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on the future of U.S. presence in the country, the Post reports.

Trial proceedings began in the Spanish Supreme Court for 12 Catalan separatists indicted on charges related to the October 2017 Catalonia independence referendum, the Times details.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert Chesney unpacked the legal implications of news reports on former U.S. intelligence officials working for an Emirati signals intelligence service.

Remco Zwetsloot and Allan Dafoe discussed the need for a structural perspective for thinking about risk associated with artificial intelligence.

Scott Anderson and Benjamin Wittes shared newly-submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking the Justice Department’s responses to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s public comments on the Mueller investigation and its correspondence with the special counsel’s office regarding the BuzzFeed News story about Michael Cohen.

Matthew Kahn shared Trump’s executive order establishing a new artificial intelligence initiative.

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