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Need To Know
US Shifts on Settlements
The US will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal, the State Department said yesterday. The territory, captured during the 1967 Six-Day War, is considered by international bodies to be occupied by Israel; the shift overturns a four-decade-old legal opinion by the US which viewed settlements in occupied territories as violating international law. The region, home to 2.8 million Palestinians and about 600,000 Israelis, encapsulates the eastern half of Jerusalem. While the majority of the settlements are on Israeli-administered land (deep dive here), Palestinians say the influx further cements Israel's control over the entire region and cuts off Palestinian population centers from each other. The issue is seen as central to the faint hopes of a Middle East peace deal. 
Stadia Stumbles Out of the Gate
Google's long-awaited jump into the booming online gaming industry goes live today but comes amid reviews that the streaming platform has been crippled at times by latency issues and bandwidth requirements. Though reviewers were optimistic the service would improve, critics say the launch represents a rare high-profile flop for the tech giant - many games were called unplayable at times. Stadia has been hyped as the first cloud gaming service that would allow users to purchase and stream big-budget games in ultra high definition without a console. Google's first major foray into the lucrative gaming market could also allow it to tap into the billion-dollar esports market, though its launch list of games does not include popular titles like "Fortnite" and others (deep dive here). It may also take a sledgehammer to your data plan - some reviewers reported using up to 10 gigabytes per hour. 

Read about the advent of cloud gaming here
A Busy Week in Washington
Four witnesses are scheduled to publicly testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry today, kicking off a busy week of hearings with eight witnesses currently scheduled to appear through Thursday. In the morning Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a former National Security Council staffer, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to appear. The former special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and NSC staffer Timothy Morrison, are slated for the afternoon. Both Vindman and Morrison listened in on a July call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the center of the impeachment probe (catch up here) and Vindman reported concerns over the call to NSC lawyers. US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, makes a highly anticipated appearance tomorrow. You can watch the proceedings here.  

President Trump also suggested he may submit written testimony on his own behalf.
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The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's
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