President Trump selects Army general H.R. McMaster as as his national security adviser after a turbulent search. A rival to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is murdered under bizarre circumstances in a Malaysian airport. And Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But is Bibi on the way out? Plus, Tamara wants your ideas for H.R. McMaster’s reading list. Shane reflects on emails demanding more respect for the President in his Wall Street Journal copy. And I am using a postal service we shall not name.
Proposed changes to China's maritime safety law suggest that Beijing is consolidating a putative legal basis for asserting its security interests and may be readying for more pronounced conflict in the South China Sea.
The Department of Homeland Security released two implementation memos today providing guidance to DHS personnel regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders restricting immigration and refugee policies.
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The New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, a widely-respected military strategist known for his service in the Iraq war, will serve as his new national security adviser. McMaster was the favored choice of congressional Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), as well as Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Last month, the Fifth Circuit issued a split opinion in Adhikari v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., representing the first ATS case to be decided post-RJR Nabisco. The opinion, issued over a vigorous dissent, suggests that it may be premature to say that RJR Nabisco resolves the circuit split over the interpretation of “touch and concern.”
Iraqi Forces Advance on Western Mosul, U.S. Weighs Deploying Troops to Syria, Netanyahu Meets with Trump
Iraqi forces are moving again against the Islamic State with closer U.S. support, the United States is considering sending ground troops to Syria, and Netanyahu’s wild ride in joint press conference with Donald Trump.
The Trump administration's recent missteps should turn our attention to the question of whether Don McGahn is fulfilling his responsibilities as White House Counsel.
Newly-named National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been praised as a "good choice" by former military officials to fill the role left vacant by the resignation of retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn.
One legal issue looming in the background on the various Russia investigations is the appropriate role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
An overview of North Korea's recent launch of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, pertinent UNSCRs, and the country's current nuclear and missile capabilities.
The DHS Border Memo: Ramping Up Expedited Removal and Raising Tensions with Mexico and with Due Process
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has just sent two memos to the White House for review that could fundamentally reshape U.S. immigration enforcement and exacerbate tensions with Mexico.
Terrorism is a global problem, but it is also a local one. Making local communities comfortable with law enforcement is a vital part of counterterrorism.
As many are reporting this morning, the Secretary of DHS has issued two memos regarding immigration enforcement. I will have much to say about them later, but for now, here is a link to the versions that I've received. One important note: one story I read this morning said that the memos were drafts and were still under review by WH counsel. That is not so as far as I can tell -- these memos have Secretary Kelly's signature and are, in my un
The New York Times is calling for a "special prosecutor" to investigate the Russian influence on the elections. That's the right instinct, but, because words matter I wanted to offer a small "nit." The Times doesn't want a special prosecutor -- that's what we called Independent Counsel under a now-expire
A lot has been said about Trump's one-of-a-kind press conference. Some notes on what hasn't.
Benjamin Wittes chats with Edward Jay Epstein about his new book on Edward Snowden.
Another big week on the site. Here's a roundup of all of it.
Even if one agrees that FISA and the applicable minimization procedures were likely observed in the Flynn case, that should be the beginning, not the end, of the analysis.
CBS News tells us that retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser last night, leaving General Keith Kellogg as acting national security adviser, and depriving the administration of a top candidate for the critical foreign policy post.