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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

Katherine Pompilio
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 1:06 PM

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Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Andy McCabe and Yasmin Cader and discussed the FBI’s investigation into the recent bomb threats at historically black colleges and universities:

Raquel Leslie and Brian Liu discussed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 passed by the House of Representatives.

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down with Susan Thornton and Jordan Schneider and discussed the America COMPETES Act, the prospects for reconciling it for the Senate bill and whether this is a real start to addressing China competitiveness or just window dressing:

Schneider also shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which Peter Martin and Jason Zhou discussed topics ranging from Xi Jinping’s father-in-law and his admiration for Thatcher to Tiananmen and rebuilding China back from diplomatic isolation:

David Priess shared an episode of the Chatter podcast in which Shane Harris talked with journalist Erich Schwartzel about one of the most intense arenas of the great power competition between the United States and China: the movies:

Katherine Pompilio announced this week’s Lawfare Live which featured Julian Ku and Victor Cha. They discussed the controversy surrounding the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and related policy questions.

Pompilio also announced next week's Lawfare Live which will feature a Q&A with Wittes about his and Quinta Jurecic’s upcoming article about the statute of limitations expiring on the obstruction offenses in the Mueller Report. 

Ben Keith explained how a draft law approved by the Kazakhstan Parliament allows the government, already infamous for its persecution of political opponents, to limit criticism of itself.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Scott R. Anderson sat down with Amarnath Amarasingam, Stephanie Carvin and Jessica Davis and discussed the series of trucker convoys that used tractor trailer trucks to occupy much of downtown Ottawa, Canada:

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security. This week, Alan Rozenshtein, Jurecic and Anderson were joined by Stephanie Carvin and talked through this week’s national security news. They discussed the recent protests in Ottawa and the former President Trump’s habitual tearing up of official records that are supposed to be protected by federal laws:

Tanner Larkin and Andrew Nell explored the authority of a congressional committee to issue a subpoena to a sitting member of Congress—and the potential to have that subpoena enforced if the recipient defies it.

Howell shared an episode from the Lawfare Podcast in which Jacob Schulz and Hayley Evans discussed the phenomenon of universal jurisdiction cases:

Evans also published an overview of recent developments involving universal jurisdiction that sheds light on certain patterns that may have begun to emerge.

Alex Zerden published a book review of Jessica Davis's book, “Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the 21st Century.”

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Evelyn Douek and Jurecic spoke with Ashley Carman about the controversy involving the Joe Rogan Experience and Spotify over coronavirus misinformation and content moderation:

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he discussed topics ranging from  the Open App Store Act to the recent Spotify-Rogan controversy:

Darrell West shared an episode of TechTank in which Rep. Rho Khanna discussed his views of how technology has accentuated inequality, widened our political divide and threatened personal privacy, and the policy actions needed to address those issues:

Steven M. Bellovin, Adam Shostack and Tarah Wheeler discussed ten questions they hope the Cyber Safety Review board answers and three they think it should ignore. 

William Loomis and Logan Wolff explained how the security of open-source development tools and infrastructure must be made a priority by federal cybersecurity policymakers.

Alvaro Marañon posted a criminal complaint released by the Justice Department against two individuals for an alleged conspiracy to launder billions of dollars in cryptocurrency.

Daphne Keller explained how the Adalah v. Cyber Unit ruling in Israel highlights an unresolved tension between widely held goals for restricting online content and the constitutionally permissible means available to achieve them.

Adam Chan discussed how the decision in Torres v. Texas Dep’t of Public Safety will not only determine if protections are available to hundreds of thousands of veterans against employment discrimination but also could have broader ramifications for the war powers doctrine and/or the state sovereign immunity doctrine.

Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway explained how the limited and informal system in place at the time of Snepp v. United States metastasized into a massive system restraining the speech of millions.

John Chappell and Emma Svoboda discussed if the U.N. Charter requires Russia to abstain on a resolution concerning Ukraine and, if so, could the United States effectively pressure it to do so?

Jurecic announced that Lawfare’s "Arbiters of Truth" podcast series now has its own feed!

Natalie Orpett posted a job announcement for the position of associate editor here at Lawfare.

And Bryce Klehm and Rohini Kurup shared a job announcement for the position of summer intern also at Lawfare!

And that was the week that was.

Katherine Pompilio is an associate editor of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. with honors in political science from Skidmore College.

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