Up First briefing: Israel pushes into southern Gaza; Liz Cheney’s new book

Israeli forces have expanded their offensive in Gaza, which has resulted in over 15,000 Palestinian and more than 1,200 Israeli deaths since October 7. Additionally, there will be a Supreme Court hearing on the legality of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement and former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney warns against a second Trump presidency in her new book.

Gaza conflict: Israel’s military has intensified its actions targeting Hamas strongholds in Gaza’s southern areas.
* The ongoing war has been labelled the “deadliest month for journalists” since data started being collected over 30 years ago, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
* Gaza’s health ministry reported that over 15,000 Palestinians and more than 1,200 Israelis have been killed since the hostilities began in October. Over 100 heritage sites have also been damaged or destroyed in Gaza, according to Heritage for Peace.

Opioid Crisis: The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the bankruptcy settlement of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.
* In the settlement, Purdue Pharma agreed to pay billions of dollars to victims of the opioid crisis while shielding the Sackler family, the company’s owners, from future liability.
* The Biden administration is expected to argue that bankruptcy courts don’t have the authority to approve such liability releases for non-bankrupt third parties like the Sacklers.

New Release: Former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney’s book “Oath and Honor
* Cheney warns that a second Trump presidency threatens democracy and that the current Republican party does not represent her viewpoints.
* Her full interview with NPR’s Leila Fadel can be heard and read on NPR’s website.

Special Mentions: The briefing, aside from top stories, also mentions Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian American professor discussing his perspective on the ongoing conflict, and offers insights on combatting loneliness.
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