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Gaza, New York City, Summer Reading: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. International pressure grows on Israel, and the Palestinian militants, to end their 10-day-old conflict.

Officials from the administration said that President Biden talked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , their second call in three-days. They told the Israeli leader they “expected a significant desescalation today along the path toward a ceasefire”.

Netanyahu stated after visiting Israeli military headquarters that he was “determined” continue this operation until its objective is achieved. While a senior Hamas official indicated that he expected a ceasefire agreement in a matter of days or two, Israeli media reported that Israeli officials did not expect the bombing would stop until Friday.

France and Germany, which were Israel’s strong allies, initially hesitated at pressing Netanyahu for an apology, intensified their efforts to reach an agreement.

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have resulted in the deaths of at least 227 Gazans. This includes 64 children. At least 12 Israelis have been killed by rockets from Gaza.

2. New York City is still open to business, despite being once considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

It has been over a year since the city was closed in March 2020. This shut down caused half of the country’s coronavirus cases. However, the city’s reopening was complicated and confusing because of new state rules that were often superseded in favor of personal comfort. It was New York City.

3. However, the pandemic has not ended. India was the country with the highest daily Covid death rates.

Tuesday was India’s deathliest day. Officials had 4,529 Covid-19 victims. The U.S. had the highest death toll in a single day in January with 4,468 deaths. Infections seem to be slowing in some of India’s urban centers, but the virus is still spreading in the countryside.

4. A bitterly divided House voted for an independent commission to investigate January 6th Capitol riot.

Proponents, including more than two dozen Republicans, see the commission as a crucial step to fully understand an event that directly implicates Donald Trump and his party. It is modeled after the group that investigated the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. The commission will report its findings by Dec. 31. The fate for the commission is decided in the Senate.

G.O.P. did not help. Despite having support from the House floor, Senator Mitch McConnell (minority leader) joined other Republicans to oppose the commission. McConnell had initially blamed Trump for this attack. But, Trump’s reassessment of control has caused McConnell to be increasingly cautious about stirring his fury.

5. Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, signed into law legislation banning abortions in Texas. This bill is among the most restrictive in the nation.

The law would prohibit the procedure after six weeks of gestation — before many women realize they are pregnant — and allow private citizens to sue anyone who provides an abortion that is prohibited.

When the Supreme Court considers a Mississippi law which bans abortions beyond 15 weeks, Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional legal right to an abortion, this fall it will revisit the case. Roe could be overturned and legal abortion access would cease in the majority of the South, Midwest, and Midwest. We determined which states would be most affected.

6. Massachusetts politics is being shaken up by young progressives. They’re passionate, they’re organized, and they don’t take orders.

For years, Massachusetts elections have revolved around a handful of influential Democratic strategists. Enter Generation Z left which mobilized around Senator Edward Markey for the defeat of Representative Joseph Kennedy’s primary challenge. They are “an Army of 16-yearolds,” according to one political veteran, “who can accomplish anything on the web.”

In PennsylvaniaLarry Krasner is the progressive district attorney of Philadelphia. Beat a Democratic challenger comfortably in the primary, despite a rise in gun crimes. Pittsburgh is well-positioned to have its first Black mayor. Ed Gainey, a five term state representative, won over Bill Peduto with a national profile, who was a 2-term incumbent.

7. The entire west half of the United States is suffering from severe drought. This has been made worse by climate change.

While wells and lakes are drying up, threatening the region’s agriculture system, the most dramatic and potentially deadly impact of the widespread drought is the large fires that are raging in California, New Mexico and Arizona. None have been totally contained, and this is long before the full heat of summer.

This warning comes after a new study discovered that Zombie Forest Fires, which smolder in the far northern forests’ cold winters and then pop up in the spring are on the increase.

Andrew Ross Sorkin (and other experts) will discuss tomorrow’s challenges and how to transform the economy so that it can combat climate change. R.S.V.P. Click here.

8. After years of facing off in the N.B.A. Finals LeBron Curry and Stephen Curry are competing to be in the playoffs.

Tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Curry’s Golden State Warriors will determine whether you are going to be seeded as a No. 7 seed in the playoffs. 7 seed — something that was impossible in the fall. Here’s how the teams got here.

10. Finally, mustard and mayo are a window into your soul.

The Times Food desk asked its journalists and editors to share their favourite condiments, which are any food that enhances the taste of food. They also asked them to describe the leading roles these sauces and spices play in their everyday lives. Kim Severson said, “Is there anything Dijon cannot do?”

Eric Kim loves doenjang. It is a fermented soybean paste that packs incredible flavor and salty redolence. Melissa Clark is enjoying a Marmite moment. Genevieve Ko explains that Genevieve Ko is “a constant in my love for mayonnaise.” After assembling a sandwich, or making a salad, I’ll lick the mayonnaise that sticks to my spatula.

Enjoy a spicy evening


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