Will Kaseya Make an Industry Shaking Announcement, Is It AI?

Fred Voccola has been marketing a major announcement at Kaseya Connect.

…in November, he previewed a Powered By Kaseya branding campaign that would roll out at this month’s Kaseya Connect Global 2024 conference. The CEO said the campaign “will disrupt the entire industry and that’s why end customers are going to start to look for MSPs powered by Kaseya, the same way that we bought a PC 15 years ago powered by Intel. We’re going to make it impossible for people not to be ‘Powered by Kaseya.’”

At the Kaseya+Datto M&A Symposium for MSPs in London last December, Voccola added that Kaseya would deliver news in 2024 that will make the Datto acquisition “seem insignificant.” He certainly wasn’t talking about layoffs.

At Robin Robin’s Bootcamp in Nashville in April of 2024 he said:

We’re announcing in Vegas and three or four weeks, we believe we will fundamentally alter [the industry]. That’s a big statement. [This is a] 20, $16 billion bet, and this is my career bet — that we will fundamentally alter our industry for the better, change the dynamics of it, so this will be one of the most lucrative and rewarding industries on this planet period. 

I think we found the way to do that, it’s a combination of a lot of things… it’s a culmination of everything we’ve done over the last decade. 

I think the most interesting portion of those two quotes is “this is my career bet.” A $16bn bet would be a career bet for Vocolla for sure. A few months ago it would have been the Datto acquisition. With a valuation of nearly 10x ARR, it was a big bet that Datto would significantly outperform the market.

Let’s talk about why it can’t be anything special, and then how it could be ground-breaking AI.

The Pessimist

Of course, for those of us in the industry, it is not remotely clear how “Powered by Kaseya” could “fundamentally” alter the Channel. Kaseya has a mixed reputation in the industry and virtually no reputation outside of it, except for those who remember its mammoth cybersecurity incident a few years ago.

Honestly, it isn’t clear how any single announcement from any single company could “fundamentally” alter the MSP industry. AI has the biggest potential to transform how things are done — as in take tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of low and mid-level tech jobs — but that will be a transition with incremental progress made by multiple companies.

The second most interesting thing is him throwing out $16 billion dollars. Kaseya does $2 billion in ARR1, which means it isn’t anywhere near a $16 billion company,2 and nearly a third of that ARR came from the Datto acquisition3. It also doesn’t seem likely that this is simply more acquisitions, if for no reason than there are no rumors of deals remotely that big circulating, at least that I am aware of.

The Optimist

Let’s take two of the pessimistic ideas and flip them on their head: Kaseya doesn’t have that kind of money and AI doesn’t move that fast. In fact, the two of these together make more sense than other options, AI still attracts lots of money and high valuations, and Insight Partners has (or can raise) the money.

I believe the biggest challenge to applying a general AI to IT is data: you need a lot of data to train on from a wide variety of industries, and Kaseya has that.

  • Kaseya owns two PSAs, full of 10+ years of tickets, solving processes and the ultimate solutions, from hundreds or thousands of MSPs serving probably every industry in the US (or the world?)
  • Kaseya owns two RMMs, also full of 10+ years of information
  • Kaseya owns the industry-leading IT documentation platform — IT Glue — which is full of documentation and SOPs for tens of thousands of IT environments

In fact, Kaseya is probably one of only a handful of companies globally that has this much IT data from such a wide variety of sources. ConnectWise would be the only competitor here. Not even Microsoft has this kind of data.

If Vocolla was talking about $16-$20in in R&D over several years both the total expense would make sense, and why he wasn’t sure if it was $16bn or $20bn, kind of a big gap to not know otherwise.

Critically, Kaseya also has all of the pieces needed today. An interface for customers and AI (PSA), an interface between the AI and the endpoint (RMM), and documentation including passwords (IT Glue). And all of these are already validated tools. If you use Datto (Kaseya) Networking or are using their M365 RMM plugin, Kaseya also has network and cloud visibility into client platforms.

Finally, Kaseya doesn’t need to invent a model from scratch. It’s possible to take an open-source model and fine-tune it, or partner with OpenAI/Microsoft to fine-tune a general LLM to work for IT. If you had a multi-model model you could ingest screen captures and, possibly, return keyboard and mice commands in an RPA-like product.

It would be slow to start, sure, but well within the realm of possibility. It would also be expensive, but probably less expensive than a tech.

It would also be one of the few products that might attract enough attention that “Powered by Kaseya” could mean something to a general audience.

Now use your imagination and start tying all of these together: a client sends in a ticket to a PSA. KaseyaAI looks at the ticket and responds, possibly scheduling a remote session. Next, KaseyaAI remotes in with the RMM. It has access to passwords in IT Glue, along with client documentation. Between specific documentation, general IT knowledge and publicly available KBs it can solve most low level issues by itself. Finally, validating with the client that the issue is solved and closing the ticket.

Kaseya could also automate RocketCyber (their SOC) this way. Get an alert, research it, and automatically remediate on the endpoint.

Insight Partners currently lists 82 investments in ML/AI/Data on their portfolio page, and their news is absolutely dominated by AI stories. They have 99 investments in IT Infrastructure companies, although some of those overlap with AI.

We’ll see in four weeks if my predications hold water.

The second quote is my transcription, as always, I’ve lightly edited it for clarity.

  1. Per Robin Robins at the 2024 TMT Boot Camp. I’m pretty curious how Kaseya got to that level. ↩︎
  2. At least not shy of massive valuations ↩︎
  3. From the December 2021 Datto annual report: “As of December 31, 2021, our ARR was $658.4 million and our revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $618.7 million, of which approximately 93% was recurring subscription revenue.” ↩︎

Kaseya Layoffs

From CRN, Kaseya laid off 150 employees last week in Miami. Whether it was a layoff or a “performance based termination” depends on which side you believe.

It always sucks to be fired, regardless of the reason. If you are an MSP that doesn’t like your account manager (I love mine, FTR) then maybe this is good news; except I expect that performance-based terminations is a euphemism for not meeting quota.

As Yahoo Finance noted, there are dozens of openings for new account managers on Kaseya’s website, (Archive) which would fit with the theory of current (now former) AM’s not making quota.

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian Existentialist

Jordan Peterson speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas. By Gage Skidmore, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jordan_Peterson_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpg
Jordan Peterson speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas in 2018. By Gage Skidmore.

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian Existentialist. Or at least that’s what I got out of hearing him speak for an hour at Robin Robin’s (aka Technology Marketing Toolkit) Boot Camp.

First, let me say, it was enjoyable, he has very memorable soundbites.

Second, this one-hour is all I know about Peterson. Maybe his books say something else — but I doubt it.

The entire hour of content could be boiled down to:

  1. Life is miserable, you must admit it and confront it.
  2. After you’ve admitted it, you should embrace it as the adventure that it is
  3. You have a moral calling to do good, which is essentially getting rid of the worst parts of you one layer at a time
  4. The point of the adventure of life is to explore and expand your (limitless) limits by doing good (as good is defined above) and finding and doing the things that make you happy

And he used a lot of words to get us there.

And a lot of those words are Christian-y. Faith, heaven, Abraham, Christ, God, Job, sacrifice, spirit, calling, pearl of great price, fool*, and so on.

But the message he gives is quite different. It is about finding meaning in the struggle of life.

Let’s break down a couple of the Christian-y things he says, and then briefly unpack some of the existential stuff he said.

First, his interpretation of Jesus’ command to seek first the kingdom of God:

The injunction [in the passage] was, put the love of God above all else. Well, what does that mean?

It means aim at the highest thing you can conceive of in all that you do. That’s your best bet practically. So orient yourselves in the most stringent and disciplined and hopeful and courageous and faithful manner possible in everything you do….

There’s nothing you can do that will make things work out better around you than that.

This is not what that passage in Mathew means. The passage is about going all in with God. That means to live righteously and have faith that God will provide for you in your daily needs. Most specifically for food and clothing, meaningful items in the poor society Jesus was talking to.

Sure, that’s practical, but it isn’t practical for practicality’s sake, it’s practical because God is good so He will provide.

Later Peterson says that we are called upon to confront “the entire burden of life, all of its injustices, its moral limitations, it betrayals,” and to:

“give up everything about yourself that isn’t worthy in your attempt to cope with the limited conditions in the fact of malevolence. Theres no difference between the spirit that dwells within you and God. That’s the same thing. That’s the core message of the Judeo-Christian enterprise, fundamentally, that if you’re willing to take on that burden, the more of what you’re willing to take on that burden the more of what it is within you to enable you to even celebrate that, the more that would become manifest within you.”

I think he means that “taking on” and “confronting” the “burden of life” is about admitting that those things are part of life, and may seem arbitrary, and that by struggling through those things in life you discover more of yourself. (Which is not the core of Judiasm or Christianity)

Later he said, “you’re going to bear the full burden of your existence one way or another,” and also vaunts becoming a person “who can bear up under the catastrophe of existence properly.”

What he doesn’t mean is “confront” in the sense of righting injustice in the world, standing up for those who are oppressed, or fighting an objective and tangible evil. (Which are tenants of Judiasm and Christianity)

He would go on to define heaven as “the highest good you can conceptualize.” Again, this isn’t a Christian idea, which believes in a literal, probably physical, heaven.

As he wrapped up he threw out:

You might say, “well I don’t know what the ultimate good is.” Well, you don’t and neither does anyone else, but you could probably at least to start to envision a good that is higher than the good you occupy now.

Finally, a very stark departure from Christianity, which very clearly believes we know what the ultimate good is, and how to aim at it. Also, an existential idea that we essentially create the good by deciding what the good is.

But lets allow him tell it:

If [a person] could have what [they] wanted, what would [they] aim for? And here’s the rule: aim for that which would satisfy you in your struggle. That’s the great aim. Life is very difficult and it’s rife with betrayal and it’s rife with travesty and yet there are times when it’s so rich that it delivers to us what we need and want in a manner that makes us appreciate that we’re alive.

Well, that’s what you need. You need an aim that would make you appreciate being alive if that was realized, what would satisfy you? And that’s going to depend on some degree to how much suffering you have to do. Some people have heavier loads.

It would also depend to some degree of how easily you are satisfied, but you can ask yourself, “what would be sufficient?” What would keep you going another day or another week or another year? Happily, without resentment — imagine that — without resentment. We lay out that vision, that focuses you. Your whole enterprise will fall into place behind that. Partly because this is how perception works. Once you specify an aim, you see a pathway forward.

So: Life (existence) is difficult and at the same time life (existence) is what makes life worth living, so define the things that make living worth it and go after those.

He’d go on to say that we need to do this “in faith,” but at this point it should be pretty clear that this isn’t faith in God, it’s faith that you can find joy in life during its struggles, and that is what happiness and self-realization is.

And if you think that all of this seems circular, well, he’s still easier than reading Kierkegaard.

At one point he said, “That’s why we celebrate Christmas, the notion that every child is a locus of divine possibility.” (Which is neither Christian nor existential)

I guarantee you no one ever looked at Santa to consider “the locus of divine possibility,” and second, that Christmas in the religious sense is about a single child who was the locus of divinity. In simpler words: Christmas is about Jesus, Jesus is God, and celebrating that Jesus-God came to earth.

*This is not a word used much in every day English, but is used frequently throughout the bible, and so in churches and similar contexts.

Burning Desire

Can you get rich as a Christian?

Most people would say yes. Many would also say it was a sign of God’s blessing on your life.

Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich) advocates thinking about riches every day, visualizing it, it becomes an all-encompassing mental focus:

Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.

Think and Grow Rich (Emphasis mine)

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

1 Timothy 6:10

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

The further I get into life, the easier it is to become convinced that this type of thinking is good, or correct, or necessary. It isn’t as obvious that I am falling for a BURNING DESIRE for wealth, it is the small(er) things. I need to save for retirement, I need to save for college, I want to be able to bring my kids to Disney World some day (with 8 kids that is a lot of money).

Of course, none of those are bad or problematic by themselves. They are even wise things to consider. But when they begin to become a focus, it is problematic.

I don’t know if I struggle with this more than most people as a business owner or not. I’m sure I spend more time with a Profit & Loss statement than most people, and have to watch the profit if I want to continue to have a business. One that provides valuable services, employment and supports multiple families.

But providing valuable services, employment and supporting families is an entirely different focus.

“You cannot serve both God and money.”

Matthew 6:24

I am at a conference this week that is all about growing IT businesses. Better service, better products, better profits. This is what I expect out of a conference for business owners, of course. But it’s dangerous, too.

All week, I am surrounding myself with people, sessions and lessons that are on some level, antithetical to the call of Christ.

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Mark 8:36

Moreover, it is a situation where there are pretty high potential downsides to success.

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Mark 10:24-25

A secular Kara Swisher made this observation about many that she covered in tech:

the richer and more powerful people grew, the more compromised they became—wrapping themselves in expensive cashmere batting until the genuine person fell deep inside a cocoon of comfort and privilege where no unpleasantness intruded.

Burn Book: A Tech Love Story

So, can a Christian be rich and stay a Christian? I don’t think we answered that.

What we can answer, definitively, is this: it’s dangerous to focus on it, and dangerous to try, if that is the end goal.

This is a post I wrote for myself, it doesn’t matter if you never read it, so long I took the time to consider it.


Only a few hours after I wrote that, a speaker threw up this slide and stated, “That’s why we are all in business, to save money or to make money.”

Graphic with text reading "SAVE MONEY AND/OR MAKE MONEY" in bold white letters centered on a dark background.

Ew

Split-screen image with two sections. On the left, a video thumbnail showing a person diving into the Seine river with the Eiffel Tower in the background, video duration 4 minutes and 45 seconds. On the right, an article headline reads "Herculean Feat in Paris Olympics: Make the Seine Safe to Swim," with a subheading stating that officials are working to prevent sewage from contaminating the waters of the long-distance race course for the upcoming Summer Games. The article is a 4-minute read.

If I were one of those athletes, I think I would have a hard time stomaching this. You know that some will have issues that they (rightly?) blame on infested waters, especially if it is a long distance swim.

Maybe I’m Not an Imposter

Imposter syndrome is something I struggle with All. The. Time.

It hit me Monday, what did I actually do?

So I made a list:

  • Business planning
  • Consulting for a new software company in the channel
  • Finished a custom conference table
  • Fixed an automatic paper folder
  • Printed and folder 240 direct mail pieces

And of course, that is in addition to more mundane things that are a part of the every day.

But it was looking at the list of things I did on a day I didn’t feel like I did much that helped me see: I’m not an imposted. Maybe I don’t have it all together, but I’ve got most of it.


There are many other days I feel like I didn’t get nearly enough done, or can’t point to some big thing I did. But the truth is, just doing my every day is a lot.

I’ve got eight kids, seven in the house.

I run — a lot. 15 miles is a slow week, (Before I got COVID, anything less than 30 miles was a bad week)

I own a small business where I wear three C-level hats (CEO, CFO, CMO).

And somehow, in all of that (*cough* while running*) I’ve listened to Audible for 45 minutes a day this year, on average. That doesn’t count anything read on Kindle.

Just living my life is enough to defeat imposter syndrome.

And you know what? I bet your life is the same. I’m sure we have more differences than similarities but I imagine if you took a third-party’s view on your own life, you’d find that you’re not an imposter, either.

No One is Filth, Everyone is Filth

A few weeks ago a state senator in Oklahoma called LGTBQ people “filth”:

“We are a religious state and we are going to fight it to keep that filth out of the state of Oklahoma because we are a Christian state – we are a moral state,” Woods said. “We want to lower taxes and let people be able to live and work and go to the faith they choose. We are a Republican state and I’m going to vote my district, and I’m going to vote my values, and we don’t want that in the state of Oklahoma.”

I have only my anger — and sadness in response.

Anger because this is so far away from how Jesus treated anybody, spoke to anybody or how the New Testament speaks of people. Indeed, in a letter Paul wrote, he calls himself the worst of sinners.

Such language isn’t even used in the most oft-cited passaged against LGBTQ lifestyles. The harshest language in the entire New Testament is reserved for hypocritical religious leaders, whom Jesus calls “snakes.”

Sadness, because people will believe that this is what Christians believe and what the Bible says. Sadness, because it is what many Christians believe. I believe you can legitimately believe that someone is not living up to the standards set in the Bible and still respect them, see them as people, and realize that you are the same — because none of us are able to live up to those standards.

So let me condemn this language, it should never be said of anybody, and it is absolutely wrong to use it against people that already discriminated against disproportionately. Never ever ever.

Darfur

The beginning of genocide is being observed in Darfur, again. I really have no words for this. The Wall Street Journal has a thorough article, documenting the killings, and the acts of war that have already began.

The very worst, most unbelievable, horrendous thing in the article was holding a mother at gunpoint while setting fire to her, house with three children all under 10 inside. None made it out.

I am unable to remotely comprehend this level of evil.

I am unable to comprehend, watching my children being burned alive.

I am unable to comprehend hearing their screams and being able to do nothing, except die with them, which I imagine I would, deathly preferable to life at that point.

I lack the wisdom of Solomon, and have not the faintest idea of what we, the international community, America ought to do. But doing nothing is only marginally better than complicit.

SaaS Alerts to Software Companies: Give Us More Data

SaaS applications have become the most dangerous and widespread threat vector for businesses of all sizes. A key issue in keeping them secure is that many software companies DO NOT include security log data in their APIs, which inhibits user behavior monitoring inside those applications.

SaaS Alerts is circulating a petition — it isn’t clear to who — to ask software companies to include security log data in their APIs. This is, in some ways, an odd petition. Very few people want to directly consume this type of data unless they already run a SIEM or syslog server, in which case they typically expect the data in a format their SIEM or syslog can already ingest.

I understand the petition as asking for a Restful API (although I expect SaaS Alerts would use a syslog feed if that was all that was available). I’ll assume that SaaS Alerts would like the ability to have events pushed (i.e., webhooks) and searchable. It’s what I’d want.

At its most basic, this is a petition to give SaaS Alerts more business — which is fine by me; JM Addington Technology Solutions was their 4th customer as we love working with them. Beyond that there are a lot of reasons to like the idea.

First, the security events for most SaaS applications are completely opaque. Vendors like Intuit, Keap, Zoom, Huntress, and most Kaseya products do not offer much — if any — visibility into IAM events that take place. You don’t know if there are unsuccessful logins (unless you are locked out), who accessed what and when, or deleted something, or created something, or created a new user, and so on. The SaaS Alerts petition is a request to change this, to ask these vendors to give us visibility into the security events on the platforms we use every day.

The second reason I like the idea is that it greatly expands the services MSPs like mine can offer to clients. I think it would be a huge win to be able to offer monitoring — and remediation — for SaaS products. Security around their entire data perimeter.

Third, it would let us build out a new class of products. Today, JM Addington Technology Solutions and CyberSecureRIA have built a custom reporting and compliance tool that includes reporting for M365 and G Suite, two platforms that do have security log data in their APIs. I would absolutely love to expand that to a broader range of products.

Finally, it would add accountability. With no transparency into the inner workings of most SaaS applications, we have to pray and hope that platforms are not only protecting their infrastructure but our own tenants as well.

Why an API and Not Syslog?

Because JSON APIs are easily consumable today. All modern programming languages support them, often nativeily. Syslogs are also one way, you either consumed it at the time the info was sent or you lost it. The ability to search and request items that were not successfully sent is helpful.

Short Takes

Like Twitter, but only here.

🔓 Unlocked: Gambling!

The idea that Uber eats somehow gamiified and allowed me to unlock the ability to gamble always amuses me.

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Do We Want An Armed Europe?

Aaron MacLean in the WSJ with an op-ed reminding us what an armed Europe looked like in the 20th century. (And while he focuses on the 20th century the arguments would hole true for most of the previous 20 centuries)

He asks:

Do we want European states to rearm, to achieve something closer to strategic self-sufficiency, perhaps including nuclear proliferation to the east?

And reminds us:

Perhaps we forget the vast slaughterhouse into which the Continent transformed on two occasions in the first half of the last century

He concludes:

In the short run, the main risk is still that European nations will overfund their social priorities, underfund their security, and fail to deter further westward Russian expansion…

There is… a risk for a disengaged America even if Europe does rearm. Putting these countries on their own feet may merely be the prelude to their hands reaching for one another’s throats. The two possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive…

Report: no reason to fire Sam Altman

Ars Technica

After reportedly interviewing dozens of people and reviewing over 30,000 documents, [the legal firm hired to investigate Altman’s firing] found that while the prior board acted within its purview, Altman’s termination was unwarranted. “WilmerHale found that the prior Board acted within its broad discretion to terminate Mr. Altman,” OpenAI wrote, “but also found that his conduct did not mandate removal.”

I am neutral on Sam Altman as a whole. I think that this episode is a net—negative for keeping AI development in check — especially at Open AI, as Sam Altman now essentially seems invincible.

Slackb0t

Tom McKay successfully masqueraded as a “Slackbot” on Slack after leaving Gizmodo in 2022, going unnoticed by the site’s management for several months. The Verge reports: If you’re not glued to Slack for most of the day like I am, then you might not know that Slackbot is the friendly robot that lives in the messaging service. It helps you do things like set reminders, find out your office’s Wi-Fi password, or let you know when you’ve been mentioned in a channel that you’re not a part of. When it was his time to leave, McKay swapped out his existing profile picture for one that resembled an angrier version of Slackbot’s actual icon. He also changed his name to “Slackbot.” You can’t just change your name on Slack to “Slackbot,” by the way, as the service will tell you that name’s already been taken. It does work if you use a special character that resembles one of the letters inside Slackbot, though, such as replacing “o” with the Unicode character “o.”

🏈 2024 Super Bowl or The Moon 🌖

One small step for man, one giant touchdown for the Chiefs. (Also: That was the most relevant blocked extra point in the history of football) BBC:

Screenshot of a BBC news article with the headline "Super Bowl 2024 was most watched US TV broadcast since 1969 Moon landing," published 17 hours ago by Emma Saunders, Entertainment reporter. The accompanying image shows a group of excited fans, with one person in a red Kansas City Chiefs jersey with "CHAMPS" and the Super Bowl LIV logo on the hat, celebrating among the crowd.

Preliminary US TV ratings put Sunday’s game just behind Apollo 11’s historic landing, which was seen by an estimated 125 to 150 million people.

Athletic Brewing Companys Gets Its 15 Minutes

WSJ has an interesting article on Athletic Brewing Company, one of the premier non-alcoholic beer brewers in the US.

I won’t summarize the article, but I will say I’ve enjoyed Athletic’s beers since my cousin Drew introduced me to them a couple of years ago. They are easily better than O’Douls, which is Anheuser-Busch. They are easily better than anything Bud — or most mainstream brewers — make.

I’m not here to evangalize you on NA beers, but if you like beer and you want want to try something new, Athletic stands on its own. Find it at Target, Kroger, Total Wine.

Professional Bridesmaid is a Thing

The Hustle

When a bride reaches out, Glantz’s services start at $2.5k and go up from there, depending on how much support someone needs. Do they need unlimited texting and calling? Bachelorette party planning help?… Glantz gets to work learning everything she can about her client’s life, relationship, and hopes for her big day.  

Working with the bride, she develops a cover story to explain her identity to other wedding guests…

Wild.

But, at least it is just one company?

“The Self Sabotaging GOP”

Illustration by Stable Diffusion AI

The WSJ Editorial Board has a short but punchy article that hits against Trump as much as the GOP. There is no new news in the op-ed, but it is interesting to see WSJ this brazenly hostile to Trump, especially after months of whataboutism (“Mr. Trump shouldn’t do X but President Biden is doing Y.”)

The [border deals] bill’s details became irrelevant, as the GOP cowered before Mr. Trump, who is now trashing Mr. Lankford. “This is a very bad bill for his career,” Mr. Trump said in an interview this week. This retribution will be routine if Mr. Trump makes it back to the White House.

The death of the border deal is at bottom a bloody-minded operation by Mr. Trump and his allies to flog border chaos through November—and, if possible, bring down Sen. McConnell as GOP Senate leader. Are they following the House GOP? The war of all against all that has followed its coup against Kevin McCarthy means new Speaker Mike Johnson couldn’t even pass an Israeli aid bill this week. That revolution is eating its own.

WSJ

This is not welcome news

With over 20,000 Palestinians dead — mostly women and children — this is a commitment to many more.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza will continue for “many more months,” pushing back against persistent international cease-fire calls after mounting civilian deaths, hunger and mass displacement in the besieged enclave.

Netanyahu thanked the Biden administration for its continued backing, including approval for a new emergency weapons sale, the second this month, and prevention of a U.N. Security Council resolution seeking an immediate cease-fire.