Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Mikhaila Fogel
Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:22 PM

The Justice Department has stated that it expects to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday morning, says the Washington Post.

The New York Times examines how U.S. law enforcement uses information collected by Google to investigate crimes, obtaining search warrants for material from a vast Google database tracking users’ locations, reports the New York Times.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said on Sunday night that there have been an “increase in direct threats” on her life since President Trump tweeted a video of the Muslim-American Congressman superimposed over footage of the 9/11 attacks, according to Politico.

The White House is considering adopting policies designed to curb immigration by limiting or restricting visas for nationals from countries with high rates of visa overstays, including Nigeria, Chad, Liberia, Eritrea and Sierra Leone, reports the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the New York Times examined Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s role in crafting immigration policy and engineering last week’s ousting of Department of Homeland Security leadership.

The Times also published a report on China’s use of facial recognition technology to surveil the members of the Uighur population, a largely Muslim ethnic minority.

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Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes write that, if reports of President Trump telling Department of Homeland Security officials to stop processing asylum requests are true, it’s a pretty blatant violation of the Take Care Clause of the Constitution and his oath of office.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes and law professor Julian Mortenson discuss Mortenson’s forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, which argues current understanding of the President’s executive power is completely wrong. The article is available on SSRN.

Paras Shah explored what the U.S.’s imposition of a visa ban on International Criminal Court officials may mean for how the administration interprets its obligation under the U.N. Headquarters Agreement.

Carol Saivetz examined what might happen to the Russia-Syrian government alliance as the war in Syria winds down.

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