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Benjamin Pollard
Monday, August 22, 2022, 4:20 PM

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A federal appeals court temporarily stopped Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) from having to testify in front of the grand jury investigating 2020 election interference in Georgia. According to U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May, Graham has until Wednesday to file arguments for why he should not have to comply with the grand jury’s subpoena.

Russian intelligence agency F.S.B. said that a Ukrainian citizen was behind the bombing that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of a well-known Russian writer who has been a strong proponent of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Ukrainian officials have rejected accusations that the country had any connection to the bombing.

The Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s military said that the country has lost 9,000 military members since the start of Russia’s invasion, the first death toll estimate given by Ukrainian military leaders. Approximately 1 million members of Ukraine’s military engaged in the war effort, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Pakistani authorities charged Imran Khan, the country’s former prime minister, under an antiterrorism statute on Sunday. The charges concern comments Khan made at a rally where he said he would pursue legal action against the police and judge connected to the case in which an aide of his was arrested, and he alleges, tortured. A police report accused Khan of threatening law enforcement and the judiciary, saying that his comments “harmed the peace of country.”  

Twenty-one people were killed and another 117 were injured in a terrorist attack in which militants stormed a hotel in Somalia over the weekend. Al-Shabab, an extremist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, said they were behind the attack. Somali security forces fought with the gunmen for 30 hours, ultimately saving 106 people who were inside the hotel. The hotel was nearly wrecked in its entirety during the fighting.

The Mexican government issued over 80 arrest warrants in connection with the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in the country. The former attorney general of Mexico was also arrested on Friday in relation to the case, following a government commission’s finding that said officials throughout the government were connected to the disappearances.

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Jason M. Blazakis argued that the gender pay gap in the United States is a national security threat, as elucidated by the Russian trial of WNBA star Brittney Griner.

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Benjamin Pollard is a student at Brown University studying history and political science. He is a former intern at Lawfare.

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