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The journalists who were with Hamas on Oct 7
What’s happening: Media watchdog HonestReporting revealed Gaza-based freelance photojournalists contracted by outlets such as the Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, and Reuters produced photos at the Gaza border — and inside Israeli territory — during the early hours of the October 7th Hamas jihadist attack.
The details: Pictures showed an Israeli tank on fire, a house ablaze in Kfar Aza Kibbutz, Palestinians breaching the Israeli border fence, the kidnapping of elderly people, a lynching of an Israeli soldier, and the limp, naked body of who we now know to be Shany Louk.
There’s more: CNN and AP-affiliated photojournalist Hassan Eslaiah, who photographed events from within Israeli territory, took a selfie and posted videos in which he is not wearing a press vest or a helmet. A photo of him getting kissed on the cheek by Yahya Sinwar, a top Hamas leader and mastermind behind the October 7 attack, later resurfaced. He has since been fired by CNN.
Still unclear: Some suggest these photojournalists were coordinated in advance with Hamas. The AP’s website indicates the pictures were taken a few hours after the initial Israeli border breach, and the AP and Reuters have denied any claim of coordination.
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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
⛽️ Texas voters double down on gas. Voters in Texas approved a ballot proposition that establishes a state-managed energy fund to boost the state’s natural gas power plant infrastructure. The new gas-focused infrastructure is supposed to stabilize the grid currently reliant on wind power. The movement follows the 2021 Texas Freeze that took out the grid years ago.
🏛️ Supreme Court finds 2A limits. The Supreme Court will likely uphold a federal ban that prevents alleged domestic abusers from possessing guns. Conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, who have been critical of red-flag laws, had little issue with the federal ban.
🗳️ Republicans performed well in New York. Despite performing well on a national level over the past two years, Democrats lost races to Republicans in New York. It’s partly due to the fact that New York has been facing a Democrat-induced migrant crisis, as well as public safety and affordability issues. Abortion was not on the ballot to animate Democrats.
WHAT WE’RE HEARING
National Review put Vivek Ramaswamy’s 2018 CCP-sponsored biopharmaceutical conference in China under scrutiny.
Sam Altman, head of OpenAI, is publicly looking to find a Democrat alternative to Biden. He thinks it’s Dean Philips.
Ron DeSantis’s biggest donor is considering leaving him for Trump.
FBI investigates claim of Hamas at U.S. border
The scoop: The FBI has repeatedly tried to question a Texas journalist over her claims Hamas terrorists entered the U.S. illegally through the southern border with Mexico — one sign the agency is concerned about terror threats to the homeland in the wake of Hamas attacks on Israel.
Background: Conservative activist and journalist Sarah Fields claimed in October Hamas members have illegally crossed into the U.S. from a training center in Matamoros, Mexico. Some media fact-checkers deemed the story false, but Fields insists upon an anonymous source at the border, though she hasn’t presented evidence.
What’s notable: FBI agents have visited Fields’s home and called for a private meeting, Fields recently said and posted video and call logs. The government is showing interest and investigating the Hamas story and “anything war or border related,” despite DHS Secretary Mayorkas recently testified he was not aware of any Hamas member crossing into the U.S.
Why it matters: The FBI explicitly warned the Israel-Hamas war is likely to inspire terror attacks in America. The Department of Homeland Security recently indicated members of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad may try to enter illegally through Mexico.
Down south: There are approximately 700,000 Palestinians living in Latin America. Members of Hamas, Al Qaeda, and Hezbollah are known to have been active in South America in years past.
Migrant influx: President Biden’s border agents have arrested more terror suspects than ever before — but have also lost nearly 1.7 million “gotaways.”
Can liberals change Poland’s government?
A disjointed liberal coalition will have difficulty undoing the work of its right-wing predecessor.
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POLL RESULTS FROM YESTERDAY
Should Republicans hamper policies to appease voters?
👍 Yes: “Avoid abortion!” — Anonymous
👎 No: “Stand your ground or lose your integrity.” — Fred
🤔 Unsure: “They need to be more middle of the road which is where most of the vote lies.” — Shel
IN THE LOOP
Americans are more likely to describe Israel as an ally since the war with Hamas began, but many are starting to believe Israel’s response has gone too far.
Voters are upset with Biden’s economic message that focuses on inflation reduction — they care more about reducing prices, which is not happening.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel may end up controlling Gaza after the war.
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