Zachary Piaker  //  1/14/18  //  Topic Update

President Trump refuses to certify that the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal is in America’s best interests, but is expected to allow the accord to continue (LA Times, AP).

  • President Obama’s repeal of Iran-related nuclear sanctions in 2015 was unconstitutional, and provides President Trump with reason to rescind the agreement, argues Samuel Estreicher at Lawfare.
  • President Trump is headed toward another crisis over his promise to walk away from the Iran Deal (Lawfare).

President Trump praises talks between North and South Korea (LA Times).

  • South Korea’s leader gives President Trump credit for the talks’ success (NYT).
  • The AP analyzes North Korea’s heightened criticism of the US and of President Trump.
  • The North Korean state media says that Fire and Fury "foretells Trump’s political demise" (NYT).

President Trump signals openness to talks with North Korea in revealing interview (WSJ).

  • President Trump stated he has a ‘very good relationship’ with North Korea (NYT).
  • Red the interview transcript here.

The Trump administration will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan, the State Department said, retaliating against militant safe havens that U.S. officials blame for ongoing violence in Afghanistan (WaPo).

The United States placed sanctions on five subsidiaries of an Iranian industrial group that is thought to be aiding in the development and production of the country’s ballistic missiles (WaPo).

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations accused the United States of abusing its power on the U.N. Security Council during an emergency meeting called by the Trump administration to discuss unrest and protests in Iran (WaPo).

President Trump is calling on the Pentagon and diplomats to drum up overseas business for the U.S. weapons industry; the President also hopes to ease export rules for U.S. military exports (Reuters).

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says there is evidence that Russia is interfering in Mexico’s presidential election (Reuters).

President Trump’s new ambassador to the Netherlands refuses to answer questions regarding false claims made about Muslims (NYT).



Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump threatened to take aid away from Palestine if Palestinian leadership remained unwilling to negotiate with Israel. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the new embassy in Jerusalem would open in 2019.