Israel strikes Iran, U.S. official says; Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured Poets’ is here

By Suzanne Nuyen
Demonstrators wave a huge Iranian flag in an anti-Israeli gathering in front of an anti-Israeli banner on the wall of a building at the Felestin (Palestine) Sq. in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, April 15, 2024.
Demonstrators wave a huge Iranian flag in an anti-Israeli gathering in front of an anti-Israeli banner on the wall of a building at the Felestin (Palestine) Sq. in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, April 15, 2024.
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Israel carried out a strike against Iran overnight, loud booms heard east of Isfahanretaliatory drone and missile attack
  • Reporting from Tel Aviv, NPR’s Rob Schmitz tells Up First the response in Israel has been “fairly muted.” Commercial flights continue in and out of its largest airport at the moment, and the system that issues threat alerts to civilians has not changed the threat level. In Iran, flights were grounded but resumed hours later. Meir Litvak, from the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, tells Schmitz that the strike’s location shows Israel’s ability and intent to hit Iran’s important sites. He also mentioned that the strike’s limited scale and location signal a desire to stop the back-and-forth actions rather than escalate the situation.
  • Trita Parsi from the Quincy Institute in Washington, an expert on Iran and U.S.-Israel relations, points out in an interview with Morning Edition’s Leila Fadel that despite public defiance from the Netanyahu government, the U.S. has tremendous influence. The big question is: Is enough of this influence being used to put a stop to this escalation?
Google has fired 28 employees in the aftermath of a sit-in earlier this weektechnology could be weaponizedAll 12 jurors have been selected for former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York. alternate jurors resumes today
  • NPR’s Ximena Bustillo, who has been at the courthouse this week, describes some lighthearted momentsahead of a serious trial as a “diverse swath of New Yorkers” shared details of their lives. One juror described dating a lawyer, saying the relationship ended “fine.” Another says he uses a flip phone and doesn’t watch podcasts. Trump is in the room for jury selection. Bustillo reports he’s been quiet throughout the process and “is not happy to be here,” as he says the trial is interfering with his ability to campaign.
It’s a big day for Swifties. Tortured Poets Department read Powers’ breakdown

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