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Untangling The Israel-Hamas War. Plus ~ A Sampling of Stateside Stories

Untangling The Israel-Hamas War. Plus ~ A Sampling of Stateside Stories
Photo by Maksim Shutov / Unsplash

⭐️ Quote To Start Your Week:

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” 

Walt Disney, who on this day 100 years ago, signed a distribution deal for a cartoon series based on Lewis Caroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” therefore founding what we now know as one of the largest media companies in the world. While Walt and his brother Roy founded the company in 1923, it took 14 years before their first major production (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”) hit theaters and garnered widespread attention. Disney now ranks among a very small percentage of companies in the United States to be more than 100 years old.

1923 photo of Walt and Roy Disney in front of their first rented space used to produce the "Alice Comedies." 📸: @WaltDisneyArchives via Instagram


Tuesday: Former U.S. President Donald Trump will give sworn out-of-court testimony in connection with lawsuits by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page against the Justice Department regarding his role in their FBI departures. 

Wednesday: The Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel, Jack Lew, “a former Treasury secretary and White House chief of staff during the Obama administration …" (NBC News). Pres. Biden nominated Lew in early September, though efforts to quicken his confirmation have been taken in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war. 

Thursday: “Keffe D,” arrested last month for killing rapper Tupac Shakur in 1996, faces arraignment in Las Vegas. And, on this day in 1781, British soldiers surrendered to U.S. forces (led by General George Washington) at the Battle of Yorktown, signifying the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War. 

An 1870 painting of the Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. 📸: Library of Congress

Friday: President Biden plans to host a joint summit with the European Union, marking “the second U.S.- EU Summit since President Biden took office.” Topics on the table? Wars in Ukraine and Israel, as well as clean energy, global supply-chain infrastructure, technology (such as artificial intelligence) and more.  

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