1. MIDEAST CRISIS
No cease-fire agreement: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Egypt today to meet with the President to discuss another possible cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Yesterday’s didn’t last very long. About 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. So far, no Israelis have died in the barrage of rockets from the Palestinian territory.
2. WHITE HOUSE-ISSA STANDOFF
Subpoena snub: House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and the White House are at loggerheads over a presidential adviser. Issa’s committee subpoenaed David Simas to testify about his duties as the White House Director of Political Strategy. They want see if he’s in violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities. The White House says Simas won’t be there.
3. HOT CAR MOM
Media focus: The attorney for Leanna Harris, the mother of the 22-month-old toddler who died in a hot car near Atlanta last month, compares his client to Olympic park bombing suspect Richard Jewell. Jewell was hounded in the aftermath of the bombing, but was later vindicated. Police say her husband, Justin Ross Harris, left Cooper strapped into a car seat in his SUV for seven hours while he went to work on June 18. Harris has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and child cruelty. He remains in jail. Leanna Harris has not been charged.
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