The death toll from clashes between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip rose to at least 72 yesterday, including 65 Palestinians and seven Israelis, according to reports. Hamas, an Islamic militant and political group that controls the region, has reportedly fired more than 1,000 rockets into Israel in the past three days, while Israeli officials say airstrikes have hit more than 500 targets.
Of the dead, 17 children have been killed (16 Palestinians, one Israeli), with officials saying 25 Hamas militants have been killed in strikes. The violence is the worst since 2014, when a seven-week war left almost 2,400 people dead, mostly Palestinian civilians. The conflict appears likely to escalate—reports suggest Israeli military officials are considering the option of a ground invasion of Gaza. Meanwhile, clashes
between Arab and Jewish nationals have broken out in the streets of many Israeli cities.
Major airlines have begun diverting flights headed to the country. See photos from the conflict here.
The consumer price index rose 4.2% in April compared to the same month last year, officials reported yesterday, the largest year-over-year increase in prices since 2008. The index measures the price of everyday items like groceries, clothes, and activities, and is closely linked to inflation—an effect where consumers are able to buy less with every dollar they spend.
Analysts pointed to a number of drivers for the price rise: a flood of consumer spending, pandemic-induced supply chain issues, and prices returning to normal after a year of weakened demand. Beyond short-term price normalization as the economy recovers, many have expressed concern that the more than $5T in economic stimulus passed over the last year and federal interest rates near zero (see overview) will lead to an overheated economy.
The news follows a weak April jobs report that undershot expectations by more
Ellen Plans Her Exit
Ellen DeGeneres announced yesterday she will end her long-running daytime talk show in 2022 after its upcoming 19th season. The decision is said to have been many years in the making, and DeGeneres attributed her choice to end the show to her desire for a new challenge as well as the end of her current contract.
The news also comes months after employees made allegations of a toxic work environment, including racism and sexual misconduct, which dominated headlines last year. The program lost more than 1 million viewers over the course of the 18th season, which DeGeneres opened with an apology. The comedian denies the allegations are the reason behind the show’s ending.
The show has been largely successful in the past, collecting dozens of Daytime Emmy awards and DeGeneres herself receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. The host will sit down with former daytime host Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news today (4 pm ET, NBC).
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