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Australian newspapers black out front pages as media unites to defend press freedom

Australian newspapers black out front pages as media unites to defend press freedom

The biggest news outlets in Australia, normally fierce rivals, are uniting in support of press freedom with a campaign including blacked-out newspaper front pages and slots on prime time broadcasts. The newspapers and networks are trying to “to highlight the constraints on media organizations under strict national security legislation,” Australia’s ABC network reported. The news…MORE

In the Trump era, news cycles are out and shock cycles are in

In the Trump era, news cycles are out and shock cycles are in

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. No matter who’s in charge, no matter what’s going on, it is easy and essential for journalists to hold powerful people to high standards. And journalists should be held to high standards as well. Lowering…MORE

Trump must get it together to avoid another disastrous week

Trump must get it together to avoid another disastrous week

Donald Trump is under severe pressure after a disastrous run which saw his impeachment defense shredded by current and ex-officials and, most stunningly, by his own acting White House chief of staff. He must also placate fellow Republicans on whom he will depend to save his presidency in any Senate trial, after triggering self-inflicted crises…MORE

Tornado touched down in northern Dallas, National Weather Service says

Tornado touched down in northern Dallas, National Weather Service says

A tornado touched down in northern Dallas Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The service tweeted it had visual confirmation north of Interstate 635 and east of I-75 around 9:30 p.m. CDT. There were no reported injuries or deaths as of early Monday morning, the city’s website said. Police and fire…MORE

A West Point cadet is missing along with an M4 rifle, military academy says

A West Point cadet is missing along with an M4 rifle, military academy says

A West Point cadet is missing along with an M4 rifle, the military academy said after military, federal, state and local agencies conducted extensive searches to locate the man. Authorities don’t believe the cadet has any magazines or ammunition or poses a threat to the public. He may be a danger to himself, the military…MORE

New York Times: Trump leaning toward keeping few hundred US troops in Syria

New York Times: Trump leaning toward keeping few hundred US troops in Syria

President Donald Trump is leaning toward approving a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps 200 special operations forces, a senior administration official told The New York Times on Sunday. If approved, the plan would walk back Trump’s order to the Pentagon earlier this month to withdraw nearly all…MORE

Justice Department distances itself from Giuliani

Justice Department distances itself from Giuliani

Weeks before Rudy Giuliani publicly became a figure to avoid in Washington, he managed to get a meeting with the top official in the Justice Department’s criminal division on behalf of a client. The Justice Department now says that official, Brian Benczkowski, and other fraud prosecutors at Justice headquarters wouldn’t have taken that meeting with…MORE

Pelosi and congressional delegation make secret trip to Afghanistan

Pelosi and congressional delegation make secret trip to Afghanistan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation have concluded an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Pelosi’s office said Sunday evening. The secret trip was made as Pelosi led the high-level congressional delegation to Jordan this weekend, where her office says they discussed Middle East peace and Syria with members of the country’s royal family. The…MORE