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Too early to judge the China-U.S. cyber agreement

October 6th, 2015 by

U.S and China signed a agreement aiming to stop cyberespoinagee and promote international cyber norms, but many experts say the the four-point plan is symbolic without specifics. Continue reading

PHOTOS: Tea Party Patriots lead rally against Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol

September 10th, 2015 by

On Wednesday, the Tea Party Patriots staged a protest of the Iran nuclear deal on the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn. Continue reading

White House calls on Congress after Virginia TV shooting

September 3rd, 2015 by

In the wake of a fatal shooting during a live television broadcast in Virginia, the White House called on Congress Wednesday to pass tougher laws combatting gun violence. Continue reading

Experts say retaliation over OPM cyber attacks may be misguided

September 3rd, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — With cyber attacks grabbing the public’s attention, calls for retaliation, especially against suspected state-sponsored intrusions, have escalated. Critics argue that a passive approach by the U.S. government only emboldens perpetrators. Draw a red line, they urge; the massive … Continue reading


2015 MRE Conference is Oct. 9

Speakers will include retired Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; Rep. Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Rob Wittman, chairman of the HASC readiness subcommittee; a panel with Gulf-area ambassadors discussing anti-ISIS operations; and a panel with top military public affairs officers. Continue reading

Winners of the 2015 MRE Journalism Contest announced

Congratulations to all those who submitted their work to the MRE Journalism Contest. Find out who the winners are and see the judges’ comments.
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USCENTCOM responds to joint letter from Medill NSJI, MRE, SPJ on Bales investigation transparency

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2015 McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarships awarded

Medill has named eight McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship recipients to participate in an innovative 11-week reporting program in fall 2015, based out of Medill’s Washington news bureau. Continue reading

Medill NSJI, MRE and SPJ send letter to Army Secretary

The joint letter sent to Army Secretary John McHugh on June 19 requests the immediate declassification of the investigation into Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ horrific crimes in Afghanistan in March 2012. Continue reading

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Afghan-Americans to Pakistan: stop supporting terrorism

On August 14, almost 50 Afghan-Americans gathered outside the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest what they say is Pakistan’s ongoing support of terrorist organizations operating in Afghanistan. Continue reading