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Misfired Palestinian(?) Airstrikes At a Main Hospital and Public Park in Gaza Reported

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Who shot the rockets??

Two separate strikes near the main hospital in Gaza and the nearby Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, brought a stream of victims out of the medical center. Most news outlets report ten dead.

It was initially broadcast on MSNBC as a pair of Israeli airstrikes, that has been the pattern … then perhaps unsurprisingly, by 22 after the hour on Monday, EST, Tamron Hall was reporting that the strikes appear more and more to be friendly fire misfirings.

Now both sides are denying blame.

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Which is almost more tragic. But by noon, we realize that NBC doesn't have a definitive view of who fired the rockets that caused the damage they are reporting in their crawl and on their website, see below. Andrea Mitchell had to get Ayman Mohyeldin back, to discuss. Then Susan Rice.

By chance, Mitchell already had National Security Advisor Susan Rice on her docket, and that footage is informative as well. She urged a political settlement and long-term disarmament and a future for both Gaza and Israel.

Mysteriously, NewsNation never put up Tamron Hall's footage of their field reporter, but I caught part of the footage in another NBC location and that is last, below. Maybe they'll have it figured out by Maddow. [Will update. Or click here just in case. Rachel Central.] But NBC ran footage of John Kerry's statements today, have a listen.

Hamas officials, as reported by Mohyeldin, feel that most of the Palestine people are tired of living under siege … but they'll fight to the end if they have to, because the existential fight is rather bigger than all of them, alive and dead.

That's one sobering look into the future.

From MSNBC's breaking coverage Monday morning.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/middle-east-unrest/gaza-strikes-near-shifa-hospital-refugee-camp-kill-or-wound-n166571

Another strike occurred at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza. At least 30 dead and wounded were brought to Shifa Hospital in ambulances, civilian cars and on motorcycles. A NBC News team in the area said the strikes were in "close succession."

However, the Israel Defense Forces told Haaretz that a “preliminary investigation has found the Israeli army did not fire at the Shifa Hospital, and the fire is believed to have been Hamas.” The IDF could not immediately be reached to clarify that account on Monday.

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MSNBC reported this with a bit of a personal angle, they had a film crew in the hospital at the time and they were on site to film the strike at the medical complex. The outpatient clinic was thought to the target of the 5 p.m. [Israeli time] extremely lethal missile.

The reporter on the ground, familiar NBC field newsman Ayman Mohyeldin, was there.

For some background, Lester Holt and Mohyeldin on Today over the weekend discussing one of the rolling cease fires John Kerry has been busily negotiating in an effort to quiet the roiling waters.

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Well this is a pickle, which in turn ties right back to the Churchillian enigma that is the struggle in Gaza. I was on the other side of that border thirty years ago this summer, and it was as uncomfortable then as it must be now - and about as dangerous.

It was, however, before the Right Wing truly adopted Israel as their savior and their land as what will be their reward for enduring Obama and Armageddon: Rapture Ground Zero.

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Just waiting for someone to beller, "At this point does it really matter who fired the rocket that killed 9 children at a refugee camp and hospital during a rolling cease fire in Gaza?" in shades of a righteously frustrated Hillary Clinton in the hot seat.

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Lindsey Graham Clutches His Pearls On Foreign Policy … #CuzPutin !

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Cuz ...... PUTIN. Is pretty much what Miss Lindsey clutched his pearls and sputtered for David Gregory Sunday.

It's a popular GOP All Purpose regressive stutter.

Cuz ...... PUTIN.

Los Three Amigos, Graham, McCain and the Other Guy (let's give them a running start for the day and make it a certifiably dis-self-interested Republican Lady today, Kelly Ayotte comes to mind); these are the ones we HAD to hear from on Sunday Tawk … and then again, on Monday Morning Punditry.

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For a sumup of the latter, early morning messnbc serves to update.

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Thomas Roberts (I'm going to keep on loving him unapologetically, and keep hoping he and Maddow are friends for some odd reason), current charming steward of messnbc's Way Too Early at the crack of what(?) advance show to Morning Schmoe [ my autocorrect kept putting Morning Hoe I Swear!] summed up the Lindsey Graham Sunday Pearl Clutch well.

Thomas ...

On another planet's must sees of Sunday Talkers, John Kerry found himself on the business end of a hot mic and not far enough away from the only (they allege) voice we libs have to at least give a listen to ... Mike Wallace's kid, Chris.

Kerry was caught reacting to an aide about civilian casualties in the latest Mideast skirmishes and of his desire as Secretary of State to be on gia way to the region. This was the normal human reaction to hearing that ANY CIVIIANS have died in war ANY where ... and got drenched in "We told 'yaz" from Fvx Nation until, well, ... now.

For grins and giggles, let us compare. Early-bird messsnbc ran a breaking/kind of banner about the deadliest day yet in Gaza, including two Israeli soldiers born here in America ... to Schmoe and the Wall Street Journal predicting a Ramp Up.

And the Curvy Couch of Ick on Fox and Friends went with ...

TWO AMERICANS DEAD!!! Two Americans spilled blood ... Dizzy Hasselbeck tried to capture the gravitas of Gaza and frenzy her wee base at one go.

Cuz ...... PUTIN.

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And now Mika and Joe are declaring a Deafening Silence is coming from the White House.

Cuz ...... PUTIN, and Mika's Daddy doesn't like Putin or Joe Schmoe for that matter. And where would Haass go but down to the bunker also too?

Joe Schmoe's obligatory GOP Ronald Reagan paean included, before a gratiutous dig to the legendary feckless Obama's Lack Of Feck. Are we back to the Ego Bowl again?

Heilemann pointed out that this president takes a lot of flack for not doing enough to help his party as midterms approach ... well this is about as much as he CAN contribute. This level of fundraising!

Seriously. Go Heilemann. You might have a future in the evening lineup. Keep that pseudo-reality train stopping through there on a regular basis.

'Kremlin control' in a nationalist-frenzied Russia was reported on first hand by none other than David Remnick, however, by the 7:15 mark.
Worth the few moments to get his perspective. Mind the neo-con manure.

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Protocols in the Ukraine Deemed "Unacceptable" by PBO and NTSB

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The weekend news footage has been filled with disappointment in virtually all aspects of the recovery operation, such as it is, in the plane crash site in the Eastern Ukraine that separatist 'rebels' have apparent dominion over.

There are photos, some in the piece on Maddow's coverage of the tragedy, here, that remind us that this is indeed a human tragedy - much as the one in Lockerbie, Scotland, that a lot of us can recall, and has the need for grieving as much as the inevitable politicizing.

Would our response be more hysterical and Fvx Nation driven were more American corpses involved in this hot mess of an 'investigation'? Putin didn't want the eyes of the world on this area in this fashion -- why would he? The Australian and European families may be more persistent than the Americans even in poking at Putin for details and black boxes … they've been dealing with these conflicts in their own backyards (bullshite John McCain, we will never 'all' be any one former Soviet nation attempting to be a democracy 'now' or any time, that was such balderdash) for centuries.

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Early news pretty much consisted of UP with Steve Kornacki and a rather pompous young self-declared expert on all things Muscovite. Until David Gregory has at the situation at 9 EST on Meet the Press which I'll also run, below.

Sunday early thoughts on Ukraine from UP.

As soon as available, the opening block with Andrea Mitchell reporting on Meet the Press, then some footage of David Gregory speaking with SOS John Kerry earlier this morning.

Kerry said the circumstantial evidence is powerful, but also that we knew the imagery was accurate. "We also see a stacking up of evidence here … President Obama believees and we in there international community join in believing, that we need unfettered access."

Kerry held a firm chin. And handed David Gregory back his smirky smug 'grandiose' Cold War pronouncement right back to him with nary a hitch in his Secretarial gravitas giddy up.

"Russia needs to step up and prove it's bona fides."

Well, well. John Kerry gets tough. Ish.

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Peace, I'mOut

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Surprise: Newest American Saboteurs are Democratic Senators

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When you hear names like Charlie Schumer, Mark Warner, Cory Booker, Kay Hagen, Mary Landrieu, Bob Casey and Richard Blumenthal, you usually hear that some Democratically sponsored bill has their support. And usually you're right, give or take one of the above.

Yet recently, led by Senator Bob Menendez, these US elected officials to the upper house have been sold a bill of goods. And it's not a jobs or education bill. Nor is it some health plan or civil rights issue. It's war.

Real war. A potential nuclear war.

Why these guys? This isn't the Republican Party war stalwarts, Lindsay Graham and John McCain. These are normal people -- at least as normal as it gets in the senate.

The truth is these new Hawk senators are on the dole. Not necessarily news there -- all elected officials are influenced by lobbyists. But this time, and I'm going to take heat for this, it's the Jewish Mafia. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). It's the most influential Jewish lobby group in the US. And historically they have backed candidates who fight for justice and equality in social issues, and political ones when it comes to Israel.

Now Israel has a special place in my heart. Not just because it's the Jewish homeland and I was born a Jew, but my wife is a Sabra, a native born Israeli. And once you have that in your blood, you're generally a dyed-in -the-wool supporter of anything the Israeli Knesset (parliament) proposes.

This brings us to war and peace. For nearly 30 years we've been in a cold war with Iran. We've had no formal diplomatic talks with them and we've been the world leader in getting other nations to impose austere economic sanctions against them. That was until about four months ago. There was a breakthrough. John Kerry reported back to the US that talks on stopping or at least tightening nuclear safeguards with Iran were possible. But like all negotiations, there's a bit of 'give a little' to 'get a little.' The price for us was to hold off on further economic sanctions while negotiations would take place (a six months moratorium). The price to the Iranians is to allow open international monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program -- full inspections.

This was a great tit for tat -- especially as pressure was building for war between our two countries.  That would ultimately would result in a nuclear conflagration. There's no way around that. Yet here's a potentially peaceful solution at hand. The only ones unhappy in that region are Saudi Arabia (remember where the 911 trainees spent much of their pre-attack time) and Israel -- the other nuclear armed country in the region who doesn't want any competition in weapons superiority. And I can understand that.

Obviously those in the pocket of the neo-cons -- the entire GOP party hierarchy -- were against this. But the Democrats? How could they be against peace -- especially one their President is working so hard to accomplish? And if you're looking at public opinion, over 60% favor a peaceful solution with Iran over war. So how could 16 Democrats come out and favor new sanctions which would lead to Iran pulling away from the negotiating table?

Obama was told in no uncertain words that new sanctions  against Iran would be a line in the sand by the their President. Secretary of State Kerry was told the talks would be DEAD if Congress passed new sanctions by the Iranian Foreign Minister. So until we find a reason not to, why not give peace a chance?

The Republicans want war and they've been able, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. to stir the pot and brainwash the Jewish senate members (or those gentile members who aren't totally anti-semitic) by selling a bill of goods that peace negotiations can't be trusted. Netanyahu along via the dangerous and borderline deranged John McCain (who's totally bonkers) contacted his influential PAC, the AIPAC, and forced them to exert pressure on the weak and vulnerable among the Democratic senators. Face it, backbone is not a prerequisite for being a Democrat.

But don't take my word for it. Here's Chris Hayes:

Finally, some sense of sanity. Obama spoke to the Democratic Senate Caucus last night and evidently they've seen the light of their wayward ways.

UPDATE: Since this airing, according to WAPO:

But editorial boards and commentators have harshly condemned the push for a vote. Many Senate Democrats have continued to remain silent, which could well be a sign of an unwillingness to sign on to the bill. A couple Dem senators have come out against it in the last couple of days, joining 10 Dem committee chairs who have already done the same. At last whip count, this bill will not get past Harry Reid and is now considered dead.

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