Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2024. Manchin’s decision to step down leaves Democrats in a bind and jeopardizes their narrow 51-49 Senate majority.
The White House said on Thursday that Israel agreed to daily, four-hour-long pauses in its military operation in Gaza to allow civilians to evacuate. These pauses will also make it easier for deliveries of humanitarian aid to get into Gaza safely, and hopefully facilitate the release of more of the 200 hostages still being held.
And in headlines: the U.S. is one week away from another potential government shutdown, federal officials are investigating a series of suspicious letters sent to local election offices, and the trailblazing feminist website Jezebel will shutter after 16 years.