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Hannah Kris
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:01 AM

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During a campaign event in Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden said he would not appear as a witness at the Senate impeachment trial as a part of any deal to get Trump administration officials to testify, according to the Washington Post.

China has banned travel from at least five cities, including Wuhan, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, reports the New York Times. Coronavirus has killed 17 people and more than 570 have contracted the disease according to Chinese authorities.

The International Court of Justice at The Hague issued an injunction ordering Myanmar to take action to protect Rohingya Muslims in the country, according to the Times. More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh after Myanmar’s military launched an assault against the Rohingya in 2017. Approximates 500,000 Rohingya remain in Myanmar.

The U.K indicated they will not ban the use of Huawei equipment for 5G networks in Britain, reports the Wall Street Journal. Analysts fear that this decision will make it more difficult for the to restrict the influence of Huawei Technologies

Russia’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional amendments bill according to the Wall Street Journal. The bill may allow President Putin to maintain control in Russia after his presidency,

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Randy Beck and John Langford examined the history of qui tam statutes and argued for using them more frequently today.

Richard Altieri and Benjamin Della Rocca analyzed the “phase one” trade deal recently signed into law between the U.S. and China and explained new CFIUS regulations.

Hannah Kris posted a livestream of the second day of the Senate impeachment trial.

Philip Bobbitt analyzed Alan Dershowitz’s arguments in an op-ed about foreign affairs and executive power that Dershowitz put forth to defend President Trump’s conduct..

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittes and Tamara Cofman Wittes discussed the ongoing impeachment trial and the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone.

Christopher Bouzy found that a Lisa Page tweet attracted a large amount of replies from likely inauthentic accounts.

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Hannah Kris is a freshman student at Oberlin College pursuing a major in Economics and Math.

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