The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Benjamin Pollard
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9:01 AM

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Peter Margulies explained the Supreme Court’s decision in Biden v. Texas and why termination of the “Remain in Mexico” program is not a foregone conclusion.

Elliot Setzer analyzed the Eighth Circuit decision upholding an Arkansas law that requires government contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel.

Jeff Kosseff and Matthew Schafer discussed the role that state legislatures, state courts, and Congress can play in codifying safeguards around freedom of speech.

Quinta Jurecic explained the importance of Justice Department independence in light of the House select committee’s recent hearings.

Roger Parloff discussed what Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony revealed about the prevalence of guns brought by rioters to former President Trump’s Jan. 6 speech at the Ellipse.

Scott Anderson, Tyler McBrien, and Jurecic shared an episode of Rational Security in which they discussed the week’s national security news:

Alan Z. Rozenshtein shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which he sat down with Vida Johnson to discuss what police should have done differently in responding to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack:

Mary Brooks and Sofia Lesmes argued that a new law passed by Congress provides policymakers with an opportunity to make cyber incident and breach reporting requirements more powerful and effective. 

Tia Sewell shared a federal grand jury indictment of five individuals with connections to a repression scheme targeting Chinese dissidents in the U.S.

Alvaro Marañon shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which he sat down with Aaron Friedberg to discuss Friedberg’s new book, “Getting China Wrong,” the origins of the West’s engagement with China, and how the U.S. and Biden administration can start getting China “right”:

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he sat down with Tobias Harris to discuss Shinzo Abe’s legacy in Japan:

Paul Rosenzweig imagined how a Canadian risk assessment of the United States might read.

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter in which he sat down with Brad Thor to discuss Thor's writing career, the work of Secret Service agents, rebuilding trust in American institutions, and more:

Minna Ålander argued that Finland’s bid to join NATO is the most recent step in the country’s longtime efforts to build a comprehensive security strategy that can, in part, defend against potential threats from its eastern neighbor, Russia.

Katherine Pompilio shared an episode of #LivefromUkraine in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Rob Lee to discuss how the Russian military has performed in the war so far:

Mark Grzegorzewski, Barnett Koven, and Maggie Smith argued for the creation of a U.S. civilian cyber defense and outlined how it should be implemented.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he sat down with Nate Jones, Sultan Meghji, and Maury Shenk to discuss recent cybersecurity law news:

Alvaro Marañon shared a joint cybersecurity advisory warning of ransomware attacks by North Korea-sponsored cyber actors on U.S. healthcare infrastructure.

Evelyn Douek and Jurecic shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which they sat down with Jonathan Stray to discuss algorithms, what they are, the role social media algorithms do and don’t play in stoking political polarization, and how they might be designed to decrease polarization:

Aaron Y. Zelin discussed the challenges related to taking groups off the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Jack Goldsmith shared a Summer 2022 Supplement for his casebook with Curtis Bradley and Ashley Deeks, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2020).

And that was the week that was.