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The British parliament has voted to recognize a Palestinian state—with one long-time backer saying, “It’s time for Israel’s friends to say ‘enough is enough.’” Sweden has done the same thing, and the Palestinians may be just 2 votes shy of being recognized by the UN Security Council. Nobody believes that will happen, but the US might have to veto a measure increasingly popular in the rest of the world. In Europe and elsewhere, there’s outrage over Israel’s latest settlement in the West Bank. Are the Palestinians taking “diplomatic warfare” too far?

Plus, Obama names an Ebola "czar," and is the cable bundle unraveling?

Banner Image: On Oct. 12th, 2014, nearly 90 countries and international organizations met in Cairo to gather support for Palestine and the reconstruction of Gaza. The conference was organized by Norway and Egypt with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; Credit: Norwegian MFA

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb

Obama Names an "Ebola Czar" 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After weeks of prodding from Republicans, President Obama announced last night he’ll appoint a so-called “Ebola Czar.” Today, he named Ron Klain, who’s been chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore as “Ebola response coordinator.” But the word has been slow to pass down.

David Nakamura is reporting the story for the Washington Post.

Guests:
David Nakamura, Washington Post (@davidnakamura)

Should Other Nations Recognize a Palestinian State? 35 MIN, 19 SEC

In the British Parliament this week, long-time supporters of Israel expressed outrage at the annexation of 950 acres of Palestinian land for yet another Israeli settlement. The measure passed 274 to 12—but more than half of the 650 members abstained, including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government will ignore the action. Sweden’s newly elected government has recognized Palestine, and European support for Israel appears to be dwindling.

Guests:
Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations (@ecfr)
Amos Guiora, University of Utah
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
Noura Erakat, George Mason University (@4noura)

Unraveling the Cable Bundle 7 MIN, 58 SEC

HBO is the most critically acclaimed programming network. CBS is the network watched by the most people. Now they’re both betting on Internet streaming… so viewers won’t have to rely on cable subscriptions. Does cable TV have a future?

Derek Thompson is senior editor at the Atlantic, where he writes about the economics of entertainment.

Guests:
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic (@DKThomp)

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