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Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams / U.S. Navy via AP

The far right broke out on social media to express distaste for Trump's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of banned chemical weapons against its citizens earlier this week.

Why the resistance? Because it is "the most legally doubtful use of military force by a NATO state in recent history," as Craig Forcese, Professor of security and public international law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, puts it. There are two instances where a state can use force against another: for self-defense or when the Security Council authorizes it.

Here's what they're saying:

A few more...

  • Chuck Johnson: "I will spend every minute of 2020 working to defeat Trump if we invade Syria"
  • Lauren Southern live-streamed her disapproval on Twitter via Periscope, saying "literally no one wants to do this"

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Inside Patch's new local newsletter platform

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

Scoop: Politico stars plot new Playbook

Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow. 

Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Big Oil's big reckoning

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There doesn't seem to be an oil major that's got it all figured out between the pandemic, cloudy demand and price outlooks, and the unknown path through a world getting a bit more serious about climate.

Driving the news: ExxonMobil yesterday afternoon showed the latest signs of its struggle to position itself as it announced large write-offs and a big rethink of long-term spending.