No end in sight: It’s getting ugly folks and it was ugly before. The more-than-three-week-old conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 1,300 people dead and even more wounded. Most are civilians. With more than 100 people reportedly killed in yesterday’s fighting, the United Nations and the United States demanded more be done to protect them. In some of the latest developments: An airstrike hit an open air market. An explosion rocked a school-turned-shelter. A booby-trapped tunnel exploded.


Will it spread?: Hundreds are dead. Many more are infected. Pervasive fear and denial are challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it’s only getting worse, government and humanitarian officials said, as they struggle to corral an outbreak that has already crippled parts of Liberia, Sierre Leone and Guinea. “The matter has reached a crisis point,” Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said. And there are fears that it could spread beyond the region and around the world.


Better retain a lawyer: It’s no surprise – they’ve been talking about it for weeks – but the House has approved a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers and violated the Constitution. Not a single Democrat voted for it. In general, Republicans believe Obama’s executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it’s the job of Congress to make or change laws. But they’re hanging their hat on his handling of the Affordable Care act, which they feel gives them the best chance of proving their case.

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