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Striking the home of the Hamas top political leader and Gaza’s only power plant, Israel hit Gaza with some of the strongest fire since the conflict began this weekend, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the nation to prepare for a long battle. Meanwhile, hard to not feel bad for Secretary of State John Kerry, who is being lambasted (scapegoated) by both sides for the failure of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire. And, the most predictable part of this story.
The U.S. alleges that Russia violated a major arms control treaty and tested a medium-range cruise missile. European leaders are preparing stronger economic sanctions against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebels. Where Ukrainian rebels are getting their weapons.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. North Carolina’s attorney general announced Monday that he will not defend North Carolina’s ban in court.
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