Trump in the White House on Sept. 4. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump announced Friday that the Defense Department "will NOT be cutting funding" to the military's historic independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

Driving the news: A Pentagon memo quoted in a USA Today opinion piece on Friday ordered the 159-year-old newspaper's publisher to produce a plan by Sept. 15 to "dissolve the Stars and Stripes."

  • In February, the Defense Department proposed cutting the $15.5 million in funding to the newspaper. But the House has since passed legislation that includes the funding through the 2021 fiscal year.

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Trump says Pentagon won't cut funding to 159-year-old newspaper, Stars and Stripes

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President Trump announced Friday that the Defense Department "will NOT be cutting funding" to the military's historic independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

Driving the news: The Pentagon had ordered the shutdown of the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, despite objections by Congress, per the AP.

Pentagon to stick with Microsoft for JEDI cloud contract

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The Department of Defense reaffirmed its cloud-computing contract with Microsoft on Friday intended to upgrade the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure, according to CNBC.

Why it matters: The contract, the largest-ever of its kind with an estimated value of roughly $10 billion over a 10-year stretch, has been disputed in court by Amazon for months. The company claims that President Trump cut it and chief executive Jeff Bezos out of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) deal.

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