As Operation Protective Edge continues to escalate, remembering the peace deal that wasn’t. The New Republic has the story. While the United States was able to wrangle large concessions from both sides, the details proved insurmountable. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again—this time, simply for a ceasefire.
The U.S. is expanding its training of Mexican military in response to the persistent drug-related violence. Navy times reports that U.S. military aid to Mexico has increased from $3 million in 2009 to $15 million this year, reflecting a quiet shift in relations between the two countries.
Another stalled Veterans Affairs reform bill. Following failure to find offsets for the cost of reform legislation, the House walks away from the table. This likely dooms the passage of legislation before August’s month-long recess.
Weekend Reader bonus: Navy SEALs at work—along with a miniature submarine.