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THE BIG NEWS
United Nations Asks Israel to Rescind 'Impossible' 24-Hour Evacuation Order for Gaza
- Gaza Toll: 1,500 Killed, Including 500 Children; 6,600 Wounded; 338,000 Displaced In the week since the Hamas attack that led to 1,300 Israeli deaths, Israel has dropped almost as many bombs (including white phosphorous) on the small, densely populated territory of Gaza than the U.S. dropped across the whole of Afghanistan in a year. via the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Associated Press.
- Ground Invasion Would Be a 'Terrible Mistake,' Retired Israeli General Warns Giora Eiland, former head of Israel's National Security Council, says "soldiers would have to clear every home and remove booby traps from tunnels many kilometers long, all while battling thousands of Hamas fighters" -- and then govern 2.3 million Palestinians while battling an insurgency. via the AP, the Guardian and the NY Times.
- U.S. Intel Deems Big Hezbollah Attack 'Unlikely' as Lebanon Border Residents Flee "In a worrisome preview of what might come, border skirmishes have already erupted here in northern Israel, on the other end of the country from Hamas' multipronged cross-border attack." via the Los Angeles Times, the Post and Al Jazeera.
- White House Offers Evacuation Flights to U.S. Citizens in Israel, But No 'Boots on the Ground' for Hostage Rescue Some 170,000 Americans are believed to be visiting or residing in Israel, but the 600 Americans caught in Gaza have received "no concrete help so far" from the U.S. embassies in Israel and Egypt. via the AP, the Post and Politico.
- Poll: 4 of 5 Jewish Israelis Blame Netanyahu for Failures Allowing Hamas Attack "We all hope and pray that the professional cabinet and the emergency government reach their goal and moderate [far-right Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's harmful influence," a liberal Israeli editorial argues. "But it cannot be denied that Israel's only insurance policy these days is the United States and its president's promises." via the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.
- At Least 10 Journalists Dead as False Propaganda Spreads Freely on Social Media The European Commission has opened a formal inquiry into Elon Musk's X over its irresponsible handling of "hate speech, misinformation and violent terrorist content" related to the Israel-Palestine war. via HuffPost and the AP.
- France Bans Pro-Palestine Demonstrations "Meanwhile, police in Germany's capital Berlin have also banned planned pro-Palestinian demonstrations"; and the U.S. Education Department is weighing when colleges should intervene in student protests. via BBC News and Politico.
- U.S. Capitol Police Warn Democratic Critics of Israel About 'Major Uptick in Threats'; Republicans Urge Israel to 'Level' Gaza in Religious Crusade Some members of Congress "have sought to frame human rights concerns in Gaza as antisemitic." via Politico and the Washington Post.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Nevermind! Steve Scalise Drops Speaker Bid
Several Republicans "openly wept" in a closed-door meeting yesterday when Louisiana Rep. Steve "David Duke" Scalise announced he was withdrawing his campaign for House Speaker one day after the party nominated him, the New York Times reports. Other Republicans, per the Associated Press, "simply took their Chick-fil-A lunches to go" as the party "struggle session" grew "'emotional'" and it became clear that neither Scalise, nor Donald Trump's favorite, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, nor "Lord Jesus himself" could win enough votes. The process starts again from square one at 10am today. Meanwhile, "the world's on fire," as Foreign Relations Committee chair Rep. Michael McCaul observes -- and nothing's getting done. "It's a very interesting situation," quips Trump, who hopes to ultimately benefit from the chaos.
Hit With Another Felony Charge, 'Gold Bar' Bob Menendez Holds Fundraiser at Luxury Resort
Federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment against crooked New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife yesterday, adding the charge that he conspired to act as an illegal foreign agent of the Egyptian government to the detailed bribery case they brought last month. "Menendez is not charged with failing to register" as a foreign agent, the Washington Post reports, "but senators are prohibited from working on behalf of another country." Menendez was intimately familiar with the law, prosecutors note, because he previously asked the Justice Department to investigate a former member of Congress under the same law he's charged with violating. "I will not succumb," Menendez said in response to the new charge. "In a sign of his defiant stance," the New York Times reports, Menendez is "scheduled to host a major fund-raising retreat for donors of his political action committee starting [today] at a luxury resort in Puerto Rico." Priorities!
- 1 Cop Convicted, 1 Acquited, in Killing of Elijah McClain A jury found Aurora, Colorado police officer Randy Roedema guilty of criminally negligent homicide and assault in the 2019 killing; the same jury acquitted former officer Jason Rosenblatt, who was fired "after he responded 'ha ha' to a picture texted to him by other officers, one of whom appeared to be administering a chokehold near a memorial for McClain." via NBC News and the New York Times.
- 'The Industry Is Trying to Break the Union': Studios Cut Off Talks With Striking Actors Hollywood producers balked at SAG-AFTRA's request for streaming revenue sharing on a per-subscriber basis, and still want to use digital replicas of actors however they please. via the Los Angeles Times.
- Trump Judge Lashes Out at Prosecutors in Stolen Documents Case, Postpones Hearing The inexperienced Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon was "clearly angry" when she accused Special Counsel Jack Smith's team of "wasting the court's time" for raising conflict-of-interest arguments about defense counsel without filing them on paper first. via Politico and the Washington Post.
- Japanese Government to Dissolve Unification Church Public outrage about the South Korea-based sect's political connections grew after last year's killing of former PM Shinzo Abe by a man whose mother had bankrupted the family with her donations to the group. via the NY Times.
That's how many years it has taken the Central Intelligence Agency to publicly admit its role in the coup d'etat against the elected government of Iran. The agency claims the brief historical acknowledgement, in an official podcast, demonstrates its commitment to transparency, but, as one expert tells the Associated Press, "important parts of the record are still being withheld."
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DON'T MISS MR CLIPS
Geez, Nancy Mace should be getting paid overtime for all the content she produces.
"I'll never forget that Bibi Netanyahu let us down" for not following Trump's lead into a war with Iran, "that was a very terrible thing."
"I've always been a jazz man. It's hard to stay in the party band and play your song, brother, if you're a jazz man."
-- Cornel West, speaking to Politico about his surprise decision last week to abandon his bid for the Green Party's 2024 presidential nomination, "the second time he's left a political party in the four months he's been in the race."
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