Start your week smart: Israeli offensive, Jim Jordan, Kaiser Permanente, Louisiana governor, New Zealand election

In the hustle and bustle of a new week, it’s essential to stay informed about the latest developments that are shaping our world. From international conflicts to political shifts and entertainment news, we’ve got it all covered for you. So, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and let’s dive into the week’s top stories.

An Aromatic Solution for Your In-flight Coffee Woes

The only thing worse than an early morning flight is the coffee on the plane — the weak, bitter brew that’s either scalding or tepid and served in a tiny cup. Alaska Airlines thinks it has the solution. It created a custom blend of coffee with Portland-based roaster Stumptown that’s immune to the effects of changes in altitude.

The Weekend That Was

Gaza in Crisis

Conditions in Gaza have deteriorated into a “complete catastrophe,” with serious shortages of clean water and food as tens of thousands of Palestinians attempt to flee crippling airstrikes and an imminent Israeli ground offensive. Israel said the next stage of war will include strikes from land, sea, and air.

Jim Jordan: The GOP’s New House Speaker Nominee

Rep. Jim Jordan is the GOP’s new House speaker nominee following Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s exit from the race. But the Ohio Republican lacks the 217 votes needed to win the gavel in a full floor vote, keeping the House in a state of paralysis.

Kaiser Permanente Strikes a Deal

Kaiser Permanente reached a tentative deal with the unions representing 75,000 employees, following the largest-ever health care strike in US history. The strike last week lasted only three days, but the coalition of unions had threatened a longer walkout next month.

A New Governor for Louisiana

Republicans will reclaim the Louisiana governor’s office, CNN projects, with state Attorney General Jeff Landry winning a majority of the vote Saturday in the state’s “jungle primary” and avoiding the need for a November runoff.

New Zealand’s Political Shift

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has conceded his Labour Party lost Saturday’s election, as voters punished the government and took the country rightwards nine months after his predecessor Jacinda Ardern suddenly resigned.

The Week Ahead

Monday: Tax Deadline Approaches

If you are among the more than 10 million people who filed for an extension on your federal income tax return for 2022, your day of reckoning is about to arrive. October 16 is the deadline to file your Form 1040. If you miss this deadline, the failure-to-file penalty is 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late — capped at 25%.

Tuesday: Trump’s Deposition

Donald Trump is scheduled to be deposed under oath in a lawsuit that ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok brought against the Justice Department for his wrongful termination after the Russia investigation.

Wednesday: Confirmation Hearing for US Ambassador to Israel

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Jack Lew, President Biden’s nominee to be US ambassador to Israel. Lew’s confirmation has taken on new urgency following the attack on Israel by Hamas militants.

Thursday: Tupac Shakur Case

The 60-year-old man arrested last month in the killing of rapper Tupac Shakur is scheduled to be arraigned. Duane Keith Davis, known as “Keffe D,” was expected to be arraigned earlier this month on a murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting in 1996.

Friday: US-EU Summit

President Biden will welcome President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission to the White House for the second US-EU Summit since Biden took office.

One Thing: A Week of War in Israel

In this week’s One Thing podcast, CNN’s reporters on the ground in Israel tell us what they’ve seen and where this conflict could go from here. For more on the war, listen to Tug of War.

What’s Happening in Entertainment

TV and Streaming

The Walt Disney Company commemorates its 100th anniversary on Monday, and to celebrate, the House of Mouse will release a 4K restoration of the feature film that started it all — “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — on Disney+.

In Theaters: “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro will attempt to dethrone Taylor Swift at the box office Friday when Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” arrives on the big screen. Adapted from David Grann’s bestseller, the story takes place in the 1920s in Oklahoma, where the Osage Nation found riches with oil — sparking a series of murders as part of a plot to deprive them of their newfound wealth. A word of warning: “Killers of the Flower Moon” runs more than three hours, so maybe rethink that jumbo-sized Mountain Dew.

What’s Happening in Sports

WNBA Finals

The Las Vegas Aces can close out the WNBA Finals against the New York Liberty with a third straight victory today to claim their second consecutive championship. The Liberty is hoping they can pull off a win at home to force a Game 4 on Wednesday and a Game 5 on Friday. The odds, however, are not in their favor.


In baseball, Game 1 of the American League Championship Series is today, and it’s an all-Texas affair with the Texas Rangers taking on defending champs Houston. The Astros have appeared in three of the last six World Series, winning twice. On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is Alaska Airlines creating custom coffee blends?

Alaska Airlines is creating custom coffee blends to provide passengers with a better in-flight coffee experience. The custom blend is designed to taste good at high altitudes.

2. What’s the significance of the US-EU Summit?

The US-EU Summit is significant as it addresses various global issues, including clean energy, global supply-chain infrastructure, and international conflicts. It serves as a platform for diplomatic discussions and cooperation between the United States and the European Union.

3. What is “Killers of the Flower Moon” about?

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is a film adaptation of David Grann’s bestseller. It tells the story of the Osage Nation’s newfound wealth from oil in the 1920s and the series of murders aimed at depriving them of their riches.

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