Week In The News: Israel-Gaza Escalates, Congressional Recess, Russian Sanctions

Israel-Gaza conflict heats up. The House votes to sue Obama. Ebola spreads in Africa.

A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading 'Burn all bodies' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa. (AP)

A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading ‘Burn all bodies’ in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa. (AP)

A ceasefire that has not lasted in Gaza this week, and news on many fronts.  In Washington, where the CIA has admitted spying on its Senate Intelligence Committee overseers.  And where Congress is breaking for recess with no solution to the crisis of kids stacked up at the border.  In West Africa, where Ebola hits a record outbreak, with one patient headed to Atlanta.  With Russia, and new sanctions.  California and more water woes.  Wall Street, with a big swoon and all eyes on the US economy.  This hour On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

— Tom Ashbrook


Bryan Monroe, Washington editor for opinion at CNN. (@BryanMonroeCNN)

Ron Mott, correspondent for NBC News. (@RonMott)

Ann Simons, video journalist at the Los Angeles Times. (@AMSimmons1)

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post: House clears way for lawsuit against Obama — “House Republicans voted to proceed with a lawsuit against President Obama on Wednesday, saying that his executive actions are so extreme that they violate the Constitution. The nearly party-line vote — all Democrats voted against it, and all but five Republicans voted for it — further agitated an already polarized climate on Capitol Hill as both parties used the pending suit to try to rally support ahead of the November elections.”

The Wall Street Journal: Europe, U.S. Significantly Expand Sanctions Against Russian Economy –The trade and investment restrictions that EU governments, after much agonizing, agreed upon mark a major escalation of sanctions against Russia, which so far have been mostly token measures targeting individuals. New measures hitting Russia’s banks, oil industry and military could increase financial strains in its already sluggish economy while withholding technology that the nation’s modernization relies on.”

 BBC News: Why Ebola is so dangerous — “From Nzerekore, a remote area of south-eastern Guinea, the virus has spread to the capital, Conakry, and neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. A man who flew from Liberia to Lagos in July was quarantined on his arrival and later died of Ebola – the first case in Nigeria.”

Our Guests From A Special NABJ Edition Of Week In the News

CNN's Bryan Monroe, the Los Angeles Times' Ann Simmons and NBC News' Ron Mott in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

CNN’s Bryan Monroe, the Los Angeles Times’ Ann Simmons and NBC News’ Ron Mott in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

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