10 things you need to know today: October 14, 2023

10 things you need to know today: October 14, 2023

1. Republicans nominate Jim Jordan for House speaker

Republicans on Friday nominated Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to be the next speaker of the House, setting up a battle in the lower chamber after Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) ended his own bid for the job. Jordan is now looking to secure the votes needed to obtain the gavel. However, Jordan, a founding member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, is facing opposition both from Democrats and the more centered faction of the GOP. A secret second ballot showed that many Republicans did not intend to vote for Jordan, putting his quest for speaker in potential jeopardy if he is unable to secure the necessary 217 votes. The Washington Post, The New York Times

2. Palestinians head south as Israel continues Gaza evacuation

Palestinians continued to evacuate the northern area of Gaza on Saturday as Israeli forces prepared for a possible invasion of the region. Israel, which has launched counteroffensives following a surprise attack from the Palestinian-led terrorist organization Hamas, had maintained an evacuation order for more than one million citizens of the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip, despite the United Nations saying this timeframe was unreasonable.  However, Israel did soften its initial evacuation orders, removing a deadline for evacuees to flee the region after previously saying they had just 24 hours to do so. Israel has already cut off supplies, including food and water, to the majority of the Gaza Strip, and has warned that it will continue military operations. CNN, The New York Times

3. North Korea delivered weapons to Russia, White House says