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austin tice journalist detained in syriaDebra Tice’s phone pinged at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2, the 3,548th day since her son Austin had disappeared in Syria. Given the time difference between her home in southwest Houston and the Middle East, she was accustomed to receiving messages in the dead of night from sources and friends she’d gotten to know in the region. But this time the email came from Washington, D.C.: White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer wanted to know if Debra and her husband, Marc, could meet with President Joe Biden in his office that afternoon. Debra had returned to Texas just a few hours earlier, after a week of briefings in Washington on developments in her son’s case. But recent travel be damned: a chance…

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