- Senator John McCain wants to be the vote that preserves ObamaCare.
Donald Trump plans to eliminate much of the bureaucracy overseeing drone strikes and special forces raids:
President Trump’s top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules, the officials said. First, the targets of drone strikes and raids, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a “continuing and imminent threat” to Americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadists with no unique skills or leadership roles. And second, such proposed strikes by the military and the C.I.A. will no longer undergo high-level vetting.
But administration officials have also agreed that they should keep in place one important constraint for such attacks: a requirement of “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders will be killed.
- The Department of Homeland Security finally notified states that Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate their voting systems during the 2016 election. There were 21 such states.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos published a memo rescinding two Obama era “Dear Colleague” letters dealing with Title IX sexual misconduct investigations. She also issued interim guidance that schools are to follow until the Department of Education develops formal regulations.
Megan Oprea did an excellent job summarizing the conflict between Catalonia and Spain over the former’s independence referendum:
On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judge’s order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.
Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldn’t dock—the port workers wouldn’t cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.
Spain sent even more police to Catalonia today to block the referendum.
Russian or Syrian planes bombed three hospitals in northwestern Syria, including one that treated victims of last year’s Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons attack; that’s the attack that prompted Donald Trump to fire a salvo of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.
India and Pakistan are shelling each other again. This time six civilians were killed and 30 were wounded.