August 16, 2018

President Trump keeps calling media "the enemy of the people," and journalists have had enough. On Thursday, hundreds of news outlets answered a call from The Boston Globe to join forces and reaffirm the importance of the Fourth Estate. The theme was consistent, with more than 350 news organizations large and small banding together to defend the press against denigrations of "fake news."

"Unable to carry on in the light, the president attempts to drag us all into a dark labyrinth where rules don't apply and some vacant concept of winning seems attainable," said the Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut. "But news organizations do not play in that dark playground. They perform in the light."

"Our country's leader shouldn't be making it easier for dictators to harass and silence journalists in places where freedom of the press remains a dream," wrote the Sun Sentinel, a Florida paper just down the coast from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"The true enemies of the people — and democracy — are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonizing the messenger," said the Des Moines Register in Iowa. "The response to that cannot be silence."

"We are the watchdogs, the questioners, the annoying voice that refuses to accept this moment in time as the best we can do," wrote the Capital Gazette, the Maryland newspaper that suffered an attack from a gunman in June. The publication opted not to coordinate with national outlets, citing its focus on more local issues.

"We are not the enemy," the Longview News Journal in Texas wrote. "We, like you, are the American people."

Trump responded by tweeting Thursday morning that "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY." Read more of the most arresting excerpts, and check to see if your local paper published an editorial, at The Boston Globe. Summer Meza

9:44 p.m.

Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the new wave band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City. He was 75.

Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in his Manhattan home late Sunday afternoon, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He appears to have died of natural causes, people with knowledge of the situation told Page Six, and was discovered by his estranged wife, model Paulina Porizkova.

The Cars, known for their hits "Drive," "Just What I Needed," and "It's All I Can Do," were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek was also a successful producer, working with everyone from Weezer to No Doubt to Bad Brains. Catherine Garcia

9:19 p.m.

After The New York Times reported on Sunday that a sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was not investigated ahead of his confirmation hearings last year, multiple Democratic presidential candidates said they believe Kavanaugh should be impeached.

"These newest revelations are disturbing," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted. "Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached." Her sentiments were echoed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who said Kavanaugh "was put on the court through a sham process and his place on the court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached." President Trump is defending him, tweeting that Kavanaugh is "an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY."

The Times reports that one of Kavanaugh's classmates at Yale, Max Stier, told senators and the FBI that when Kavanaugh was a freshman, he saw him at a party with his pants down, and some of his friends pushed his penis into a female student's hands. Stier will not discuss the alleged incident publicly, but two unnamed officials who spoke with Stier confirmed to the Times he came forward with this accusation. Several sexual misconduct allegations were made against Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. Catherine Garcia

2:10 p.m.

Jojo Rabbit just earned a key victory in the 2020 Oscars race.

The dramedy from director Taika Waititi won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, the prize that in the past has typically gone to movies that went on to become Best Picture nominees or winners at the Academy Awards.

In fact, since 2009, the TIFF People's Choice Award winner has ultimately been nominated for Best Picture nine out of 10 times, and won Best Picture three times.

One of those instances was last year, when Green Book picked up the TIFF People's Choice Award in what was, in retrospect, the first major sign of its eventual Best Picture triumph. Best Picture winners 12 Years a Slave and The King's Speech also previously won the TIFF award, which is voted on by audiences at the festival.

Jojo Rabbit wasn't as well received by critics as other TIFF films like Ford v Ferrari and Marriage Story, though. Dubbed an "anti-hate satire," the movie features Waititi playing an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, and it currently holds a 75 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus noting its "blend of irreverent humor and serious ideas definitely won't be to everyone's taste."

The runners up for the TIFF People's Choice Award were Marriage Story and Parasite, both of which are strong contenders to become Best Picture nominees, although runners up for the audience award don't always score nominations. Of last year's runners up, one, Roma, was nominated for Best Picture, while the other, If Beale Street Could Talk, was not.

Jojo Rabbit, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Alfie Allen, hits theaters on Oct. 18. Brendan Morrow

1:51 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she approves of how her successors in the Trump administration are handling some of their foreign policy business.

In an interview with CBS' Margaret Brennan that aired Sunday on Face the Nation, Rice praised how the White House is dealing with Iran and North Korea in particular. "Nobody's been able to solve the North Korean problem," Rice said. "I don't have a problem with how they're going about that."

As for Iran, Rice called Tehran the "most dangerous and disruptive regime" in the Middle East. In that case, she said, the administration is correct in pushing back against Iran despite some calls for a less hostile approach to resolve tensions in the region.

In the same interview, Rice was a little more critical of Trump when it comes to matters such as immigration, race, and economic isolationism, but she maintained a measured tone in her responses even then. Tim O'Donnell

1:12 p.m.

Beto O'Rourke's pledge during Thursday's Democratic debate in Houston to "take your AR-15" still has people talking, The Hill reports. But it turns out even some Democrats aren't sure it was the smartest thing to say.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) told host Bill Hemmer on Fox News Sunday that O'Rourke's comments were not particularly helpful at the moment, as members of Congress try to enact realistic gun reform. Cicilline also used the opportunity to point out that no one in Congress has proposed confiscation legislatively, and that lawmakers instead are focusing on other reform measures such as universal background checks.

O'Rourke's fellow Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, said Sunday he thinks O'Rourke's message could play into the hands of gun reform opponents, echoing Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) who said Friday that the O'Rourke clip "will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies."

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, also appearing on Fox News Sunday, said "we're not going to allow bad actors who should not have firearms in the first place to be the excuse for a bunch of liberals and socialists to confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens." Read more at The Hill. Tim O'Donnell

12:47 p.m.

After shaking off the Week 1 cobwebs, the NFL season is in full swing. Here are four Week 2 games to watch Sunday:

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — This game will likely be ugly, seeing as it pits the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots against the Dolphins, who are in full rebuild mode. But it is also expected to be Antonio Brown's first game in the New England uniform. While Brown is one of the league's most exciting players on the field, he's also one of its most controversial — after a tumultuous offseason, the wide receiver is now facing sexual assault allegations.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — The Titans were one of the league's most impressive teams in Week 1, after demolishing the trendy Cleveland Browns, 43-13. This divisional showdown should shed some more light on just how good Tennessee really is. The Colts, meanwhile, are coming off a close loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, but it seems like they should remain competitive even without recently-retired quarterback Andrew Luck.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — This one is all about the quarterbacks. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was dominant against a paltry Miami defense last week — five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating are impressive no matter who the opponent is. Kyler Murray, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, will be under center for Arizona. Murray struggled early in his debut against the Detroit Lions, but he went on to lead a comeback that ended in a tie.

Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox — New Orleans fans have been waiting for this one. The two teams met in last year's NFC championship game where it looked like New Orleans was going to the Super Bowl. But a bizarre no-call on a play that most agree should have been defensive pass interference on the Rams allowed Los Angeles enough time to force overtime and, eventually, win. Tim O'Donnell

12:15 p.m.

The United Auto Workers said its roughly 49,000 members who work at General Motors plants across the country will strike beginning at 11:59 p.m. Sunday evening.

A four-year contract between GM and the union expired Saturday and the two sides failed to reach a new agreement as talks broke down. GM said Sunday the auto company's offer to the union includes more than $7 billion in investments, more than 5,400 jobs, higher pay, and improved benefits.

"We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency," the automaker said in a statement. "Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business."

But union leaders said the sides are far apart on economic issues, despite some progress being made in the negotiation. "We are standing up for job security for our members and their families," Terry Dittes, director of the UAW GM department, said. He added that the the strike "represents great sacrifice and great courage on the part of our members."

The last time a national strike was called was in 2007, which lasted 17 hours. Read more at The Associated Press and The Detroit News. Tim O'Donnell

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