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Tensions between Israel and Hamas remain high as the Israeli Prime Minister's office says negotiations reach a dead end between Israel and Hamas. After a seven day truce came to an end. CNN's Oren Liebermann explains what's at stake.
The negotiations have all but collapsed at this point, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Mossad to pull back its negotiations team, which was in Qatar, which was the focus of the negotiations over the course of the past weeks. That got us to a truce that lasted seven days. That then collapsed, as we saw early yesterday morning. The issue is, where does this go from here? The challenge, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, is over what exactly the terms of the agreement are and are there numbers left to continue? What we've seen, which was for the release of women and children, Israel and the U.S., according to the source familiar with the negotiations, believe Hamas was still holding enough women to be able to continue the release of women and children under the current agreement. Hamas, however, insists it is not trying to push the negotiations into the next phase, which was supposed to be elderly men as well as soldiers, men and women. That is the point upon upon which this fell apart. Hamas insisting it was Israel and the US to blame for the for the breakdown in the talks.
House Speaker Mike Johnson says he believes Republicans have the votes to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Johnson told Fox News that he suspects Democrats won't participate in the impeachment efforts, but saying that, quote, they should. Johnson claimed the inquiry wouldn't be used as a partizan political tool. To this point, House Republicans had been pushing to formalize their impeachment inquiry into Biden, but haven't had enough votes to do so. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy called on his committees in September to open a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden amid increasing pressure from right wing members. But he has remained clear that the conference is torn over whether or not the evidence exists to impeach the president. The White House has dismissed the GOP push and previously said, quote, "Allegations of wrongdoing by President Biden have been thoroughly debunked.".
Several major northeast cities are going through record long waits for significant snowfall that has left them lacking feet of snow over the last two winters. Six cities from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City have waited more than 650 days just to see an inch of snowfall in a day. Warmer temperatures and in perfect storm tracks are all behind the lack of snow. And even if these long snow, little streaks are emblematic of what winter will look like in the long run because of global warming, this year's El Niño winter could be a temporary solution to the snow drought.
A leaning tower in Bologna, Italy, has stood crooked but steady for nearly 1,000 years. But now its days may be numbered. Following investigations last month, the city is instigating a civil protection plan for the sudden and unexpected collapse of the Garisenda Tower, which has been a marker of the Bologna skyline since the 12th century. The city council said that a protective metal cordon will be set up around the tower to, quote, "contain debris resulting from a possible collapse" and to, quote, "reduce the vulnerability of surrounding buildings and the exposure to the population." The barrier will also block access to the off limits area. The warning of a possible collapse, which puts the site on high alert, was issued in a 27 page report shared with CNN by the scientific committee, which has monitored the site since 2019. However, the tower isn't on the verge of immediate collapse, and it could be years before it happens, a spokesperson told CNN.
As the holiday season gets underway, you're probably already getting ready to watch classic favorites like the Home Alone series. The first two movies feature a mischievous kid, Kevin McCallister, who's left to his own devices over the holidays. The star of the two films, among many other titles, Macaulay Culkin, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. And there to congratulate him was his on screen mom from the beloved franchise, Catherine O'Hara.
Home Alone was, is and always will be a global... a beloved, global sensation. The reason families all over the world can't let a year go by without watching and loving Home Alone Together is because of Macaulay Culkin.
Culkin was also celebrated by his partner, Brenda Song siblings Rory and Quinn, friends Paris Jackson and Seth Green and "Party Monster" costar Natasha Lyonne.
That's all for today, but make sure to come back tomorrow to listen to the latest episode of CNN One Thing. I'm Paola Ortiz, I'll talk to you next time.