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6:30 PM ET, October 7, 2023


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Associated Press:
Hamas surprise attack out of Gaza stuns Israel and leaves hundreds dead in fighting, retaliation  —  Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets and sent dozens of fighters into Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented surprise early morning attack during a major Jewish holiday Saturday …
Washington Post:
Netanyahu says Israel ‘at war’ after Hamas attack; air force kills nearly 200 in Gaza air strikes  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “we are at war, and we will win it” Saturday after Hamas launched an assault and took captives following the 50th anniversary of the start …
Israel confirms soldiers and civilians taken hostage by militants  —  Summary  — Dozens of Israelis are believed to have been captured by Palestinian militants in an unprecedented assault into Israeli territory  — “We are at war,” says Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post:
Israel at War: Hamas has Israeli hostages  —  More than 100 Israelis are dead nearly 1,000 Israelis have been injured in the Hamas rocket and terror assault from Beersheba to Jerusalem, the Health Ministry said.  —  Operation Swords of Iron: Israel hits 100 dead and 900 injured
Gunmen in homes and captives abducted to Gaza leave Israelis in shock  —  Bloodied bodies in the streets, gunmen raiding door-to-door and news of captives taken to Gaza left Israelis terrified and in shock after the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack that was unprecedented in audacity and scale.
Discussion: Human Events, Reuters, Euractiv and Mediaite
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Israel  —  This morning, I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the horrific and ongoing attacks in Israel.  The United States unequivocally condemns this appalling assault against Israel by Hamas terrorists from Gaza …
Associated Press:
Biden Condemns Hamas Attack on Israel
Kerry Breen / CBS News:
U.S. leaders vow support for Israel after deadly Hamas attacks: “There is never any justification for terrorism”
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
World leaders condemn attack on Israel by Palestinian militant group Hamas
Brad Dress / The Hill:   Pentagon says it will support Israel after Netanyahu declares war
Pence slams Trump, GOP ‘voices of appeasement’ as Israel comes under attack  —  The former vice president called out Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy by name.  —  GLENWOOD, I.A. — Former Vice President Mike Pence tore into Donald Trump and pointed to isolationism …
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Eyes turn to Iran as Israel responds to Hamas terror attacks  —  As Israel reels from a coordinated terror operation by Gaza-based Hamas that, by early accounts, has left dozens of civilians dead and wounded, it's unclear how the military may retaliate.  —  Early reports show that dozens …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
US ready to offer Israel support after attacks- Biden  —  U.S. President Joe Biden offered Israel on Saturday “all appropriate means of support” after a deadly attack from Palestinian militant group Hamas and warned “any party hostile to Israel” not to seek advantage.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
2024 GOP presidential contenders blame Biden for Hamas attacks on Israel  —  Several of them baselessly claimed the U.S. funded the attacks as a result of the prisoner exchange deal with Iran.  —  Republican 2024 presidential candidates blamed the Biden administration for the attacks Hamas …
‘Rock solid and unwavering’: Biden pledges support for Israel after Hamas attacks
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Amazon's Alexa has been claiming the 2020 election was stolen  —  The popular voice assistant says the 2020 race was stolen, even as parent company Amazon promotes the tool as a reliable election news source — foreshadowing a new information battleground  —  Amid concerns the rise …
New York Times:
Two Families Got Fed Up With Their States' Politics.  So They Moved Out.  —  The Nobles of Iowa moved to blue Minnesota.  The Huckinses of Oregon moved to red Missouri.  Their separate journeys, five weeks apart, illustrate the fracturing of America.  —  By Trip GabrielPhotographs by Hilary Swift
Tom Rosenstiel / Los Angeles Times:
How not to cover Donald Trump's bizarre 2024 campaign for president  —  The press should borrow a lyric from “The Sound of Music” and ask itself: “How do you solve a problem like Donald?”  Or, put another way, how should journalists cover Trump's unprecedented campaign for president …
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
What Taylor Swift's ‘Eras’ Tour Tells Us About Trump's Appeal  —  Group belonging is a powerful feeling, and it's becoming even more powerful — and shaping politics more and more.  —  In the annals of fandom, there may never have been a moment quite like the one last weekend …
New York Times:
The Cost of Inaction on Immigration  —  It is difficult to find an issue that more exemplifies the dysfunction of American government today than immigration.  —  In the past year, more than a million people have entered the United States through the southern border, overflowing shelters and straining public services.
Discussion: Althouse and New Jersey Monitor
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