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October 30, 2023
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Ohio's Big Choice (Live from Cleveland!)

In This Episode

Guest host Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan live from Cleveland, Ohio. As Israel launches its ground invasion, the war in Gaza continues to shake up U.S. politics. Donald Trump promises to expand his Muslim ban and deport pro-Palestinian protestors, while Joe Biden tries to navigate the views of an increasingly divided Democratic Party. With a little over two months left until the Iowa caucuses, the Republican primary field starts to shrink even if Trump’s lead is growing. Then, Congresswoman Emilia Sykes and Pro-Choice Ohio’s Kellie Copeland join to break down the current state of Ohio politics ahead of next week’s big election that will decide the fate of abortion access in the state.


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  • AP: Thousands break into aid warehouses in Gaza as deaths top 8,000 and Israel widens ground offensive
  • Politico: Israel launches expanded Gaza ground operation — but won’t use the I-word
  • Axios: Israel moves to “new phase” of war with Hamas in major incursion in Gaza
  • AP: Mass graves, unclaimed bodies and overcrowded cemeteries. The war robs Gaza of funeral rites
  • AP: Israel says its war can both destroy Hamas and rescue hostages. Their families are less certain
  • AP | Politico EU | NBC: Near-total internet and cellular blackout hits Gaza as Israel ramps up strikes (10/27)
  • NYT: Netanyahu Apologizes After Blaming Security Chiefs for Failure in Hamas Attack
  • WSJ: Hamas Took More Than 200 Hostages From Israel. Here’s What to Know.
  • NYT: ‘You Think of Dying at Any Time’
  • AP: Mission impossible? Biden says Mideast leaders must consider a two-state solution after the war ends
  • CNN: Muslim American leaders, in private meeting, tell Biden he needs to show more empathy toward Palestinians (10/27)
  • NYT: Primary Battles Brew Over Progressive Democrats’ Stances on Israel
  • WaPo: White House scrambles to repair relations with Arab, Muslim Americans
  • CNN: US communicating with Israel at ‘the highest levels’ about protecting Gaza civilians but quiet on expanding war
  • NBC: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene files censure resolution accusing Rep. Rashida Tlaib of inciting an insurrection
  • CNN: Leading GOP Jewish group’s conference presents chance for 2024 Republicans to distinguish themselves from Trump on Israel (10/27)
  • Economist: American power: indispensable or ineffective? (10/26)
  • Economist: The culture war over the Gaza war (10/28)
  • FA: The Sources of American Power (written by Jake Sullivan, published 10/24)
  • FP: ‘We Will Never Forgive Netanyahu for What He Did to Us’ (10/27)
  • NYT: Pence Bows Out of 2024 Presidential Race That Trump Is Dominating
  • Messenger: Mike Pence: Right Man, Maybe. Wrong Time
  • AP: Pence ends White House campaign after struggling to gain traction. ‘This is not my time,’ he says
  • Politico: It ended in Sin City. But Mike Pence’s campaign was DOA for months.
  • NYT: The Devil’s Bargain Mike Pence Could Not Escape
  • Politico: With Pence out, Christie predicts race will narrow further after third GOP debate
  • National Review: ‘Endorse Me’: Trump Responds to Pence Dropping Out of 2024 Race
  • CNN: Hutchinson’s campaign manager to depart after disagreement over viable path to nomination
  • The Hill: Larry Elder drops out of 2024 GOP primary, backs Trump
  • 538: Latest Polls
  • Politico: ‘The rise is real’: Haley’s breakout is jolting 2024’s undercard race
  • Playbook: The GOP field is shrinking. Will it matter?
  • NYT: Team Trump Revives Attack Ads Against DeSantis in Iowa
  • Messenger: DeSantis: Trump’s Polling Lead Simply Due to Name Recognition