The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 morning edition

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'We can mute that line': State Department cuts off reporter trying to ask about Bolton's book during censorship briefing.

WASHINGTON – During a briefing on Chinese propaganda and press censorship, the State Department's chief spokeswoman muted the line of a reporter who tried to ask a question about John Bolton's explosive new book and attacked a second reporter who followed up.

In the book, Bolton writes that President Donald Trump offered various concessions to Xi Jinping in exchange for China's help winning his 2020 re-election.

The State Department held the call to brief reporters on a decision Monday to designate four Chinese news organizations as state-controlled foreign missions – essentially labeling them propaganda outlets.

She argued the State Department's press office is highly responsive and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regularly answers reporters' questions.

However, the State Department's press office often fails to respond to journalists' questions, particularly on controversial topics.

China quickly retaliated by expelling journalists for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post from China. »

Hackers just leaked sensitive files from over 200 police departments that are searchable by badge number

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The files don't provide much information about police misconduct, but they do include emails that appear to show how police departments and the FBI have monitored protests across the US.

The files include police departments exchanging information about the clothes, tattoos, and Twitter handles of people at the protests.

A group of hackers has published hundreds of thousands of files it said were leaked from over 200 police departments and FBI offices across the US, including internal memos, emails, and officers' personal information. »

US soldier charged with giving info about troops to white supremacists

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U.S. soldier Ethan Melzer of Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with giving classified information about U.S. troops to a European-based white supremacist group, the Department of Justice said in a news release.

The FBI and the Army thwarted Melzer’s plot in late May, and the FBI arrested Melzer on June 10, the DOJ said in its release.

NBC News: Law enforcement and military officials say a U.S. Army soldier has been charged with giving classified information about U.S. troops stationed overseas to a European-based white supremacist group. »

Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Films and ‘Lost Boys,’ Dies at 80

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Schumacher’s second and last film in the franchise was 1997’s “Batman and Robin,” with George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as villain Mr.

For “Batman Forever,” the openly gay Schumacher introduced nipples to the costumes worn by Batman and Robin, leaning into the longstanding latent homoeroticism between the two characters.

Several years after the Batman debacle, Schumacher directed the feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” »