Hamas and Israel Make Fragile Progress on Negotiations - The Tuesday Quickie 11/28/23

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11/28: It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day.


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Today you'll read about our the delicate negotiations between Israel and Hamas, Amazon workers chafing against Cyber Monday, and record retirements in Congress.

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Israel and Hamas Agree to Extend Ceasefire for Two More Days

With Qatar acting as mediator, Israel and Hamas continue to negotiate over prisoner swaps, extending the ongoing ceasefire, and allowing aid into the devastated Gaza strip. Hamas released 11 Israeli hostages on Monday while both sides agreed to maintain their truce for two additional days. “For every 10 hostages released, we’re willing to give an extension of another day, and if Hamas will release Israeli hostages as agreed, we will extend — that’s the bottom line,” said Mark Regev, an advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Biden administration has urged Israel to extend the ceasefire.

Amazon Workers Continue Holiday Protests

While consumers enjoy Cyber Monday sales, Amazon workers continue to protest conditions at fulfilment centers and other company facilities. The Make Amazon Pay Campaign, a coalition of more than 80 unions and labor groups, has organized strikes around the world. Workers at a Philadelphia-area warehouse walked out yesterday, complaining about mandatory overtime and difficulty transitioning from seasonal to full-time employment. Retaliation against workers who attempt to organize was another issue raised. Similar protests have been reported in many other locations, from Rock Tavern, New York to Durham, North Carolina to assorted warehouses in Europe.


  • Members of Congress Hobbling Toward the Exits Dozens of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are leaving their positions at the end of this term, choosing retirement, to run for higher office, or simply to escape "the unending chaos," as Congressman Earl Blumenauer called it. It's variously been called a loss of institutional experience, a sign of dysfunction, or an opportunity for younger politicians to make a dent in the gerontocracy. via Business Insider and MSNBC.
  • Sandy Hook Families Offer Alex Jones a Lifeline Families of Sandy Hook victims have offered Alex Jones, the conspiratorial media host currently in bankruptcy proceedings, a settlement that involves him paying at least $85 million over 10 years. As of now, Jones owes $1.5 billion in damages as part of multiple defamation lawsuits over his spreading of false stories that Sandy Hook shooting victims were actors. via ABC News.
  • Biden Tells Companies to Stop Jacking Up Prices Speaking at an event about a new administration supply chain initiative, President Joe Biden said that corporations should stop inflating prices. Said the prez: "Let me be clear: To any corporation that has not brought their prices back down — even as inflation has come down, even supply chains have been rebuilt — it’s time to stop the price gouging — giving the American consumer a break." via CNBC and The White House.
  • Even George Santos Thinks His Congressional Career Is Over George Santos, the campy serial grifter from Long Island who somehow ended up in Congress, expects to be expelled this week by his colleagues. While claiming he wouldn't leave his position, he also said, "I know I'm going to get expelled... I've done the math over and over, and it doesn't look good." via Washington Post.


$90 Billion

That's the valuation that Shein, the gargantuan Chinese fast-fashion company, is expecting when it goes public in the US. The company recently confidentially filed to go public, likely early next year, according to multiple reports. While Shein has boomed as a retailer, it's raised numerous concerns about labor conditions, environmental pollution, and the sheer disposability of its products, which sometimes cost only a few dollars.


Fox News Loses It Over Kamala's Gas Stove

The Vice President has a gas stove, which Fox News thinks is bad – but maybe also good? – because something something freedom.

Israel Arresting People For Pro-Palestine Facebook Posts

Jewish and Muslim citizens of Israel have been arrested for social media posts deemed against the country's national interest.


"Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country, Ron DeSanctimonious and his failing campaign apparatus, together with the Democrat’s Radical Left “Disinformation Machine,” go wild saying that “Trump doesn’t know the name of our President, (CROOKED!) Joe Biden. He must be cognitively impaired.” No, I know both names very well, never mix them up, and know that they are destroying our Country.

-- From a Truth Social post by former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly made bizarre claims that Barack Obama is still president and that he defeated Obama, even though the two never competed against each other in an election.

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