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Prime Minister Netanyahu said today that Israel will not scale back attacks on the Gaza Strip until the latest rocket fire comes to an end. US and UN offers to mediate a ceasefire have gone nowhere, with the death toll now almost 100 Palestinians and zero Israelis. Hamas is taking a reckless gamble, while Netanyahu may hope to divide its “unity government” with Fatah. We’ll hear what it’s like to be living in Gaza City and whether a full-scale Israeli incursion is likely.

Also, a re-shaping of America's tobacco industry, and "Prius Repellant" becomes a weapon in America’s culture wars.

Banner Image: Relatives of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourn during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. At least 74 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Tobacco Rivals in Talks to Merge 6 MIN, 30 SEC

America’s tobacco industry may be re-shaped by a merger of Reynolds-American and Lorillard, this country’s second- and third-largest makers of cigarettes. It’s all about a decline in the US market for traditional cigarettes, and the expected growth of e-cigarettes as a replacement. David Welch reports for Bloomberg News.

David Welch, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

What's at Stake for Israel and Hamas? 34 MIN, 24 SEC

No Israelis have been killed by rockets from Gaza, while the Palestinian death toll from retaliatory strikes is almost 100. But, despite efforts to broker a ceasefire, there’s no end in sight.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’s had “good conversations” with world leaders, including President Obama. But he told reporters today “no international pressure will prevent” continued attacks on the Gaza Strip until there’s an end to rocket fire that’s come closer than ever to major Israeli cities.

Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter
Mkhaimar Abusada, al-Azhar University
Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (@kampeas)
Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Institution (@elgindy_)

Coal Rollers, the Anti-Prius 8 MIN, 58 SEC

For conservatives in red states and elsewhere, new restrictions on coal-fired power plants are just the latest outrage from the Obama Administration’s EPA. One response to calls for conserving energy is to be conspicuous about using more than you need.

A YouTube video shot from a moving diesel pickup shows a high-mileage Toyota Prius pulling up from behind. After a few seconds, the truck revs its engine, and black smoke pours out of dual exhaust stacks on the truck bed as the Prius retreats.

That’s an example of “Prius Repellant”—just one example of conservative anger at liberals, President Obama and the EPA—according to David Weigel with Slate.

David Weigel, Washington Post (@daveweigel)

Rolling Coal


Warren Olney

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