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Daybreak: U.S. Applies Pressure to Syrian Point

Plus Iraqi church massacre, the Tea Party (Israeli), and more in the news

Marc Tracy
November 02, 2010
The bombed-out church.(Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images)

• The top-ranking U.S. diplomat for the Mideast called on Syria to join against Iran and Hezbollah’s meddling in Lebanese affairs. [WP]

• In what was also a sign of how far a once-great multicultural society has fallen, an al-Qaeda affiliate blew up a Catholic church in Baghdad, killing 58. [NYT]

• Some members of the Likud Party have adopted the strategy and even the images and slogans of the Tea Party to pressure their leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu, to “Say No To Obama” [NYT]

• In part mimicking Hamas, the Palestinian Authority paid for a mass wedding in Nablus, in a sign of improved conditions and greater autonomy in the West Bank. [NYT]

• “I think actually a third-party candidate could run the government easier than a partisan political president because the partisan political president—yeah he’s got half the votes, but he can’t get the others—whereas the guy in the middle may very well be able to get enough across the aisle.” –Mayor Michael Bloomberg, yesterday. [WP]

• There is controversy in Hollywood over the honorary Oscar French director Jean-Luc Godard is about to receive (albeit in self-imposed absentia), due to newly prominent charges of anti-Semitism. [NYT]

• Today is election day in America: We will keep you posted on certain races of interest. But in the meantime, please vote!

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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