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11:25 AM, July 29th, 2013

Front Page - July 29, 2013

1. U.S. Not Ready to Cut Aid to Egypt: Though California’s Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has urged Congress to stop its $1.5 billion worth of annual aid to the embattled country, fellow lawmakers have stayed quiet about the suspending assistance

2. Train Operator Admits Recklessness: The 52-year-old Spanish train operator was officially charged with 79 counts of homicide after admitting to a judge that he had acted recklessly when the train he was manning derailed last week.

3. Weiner: ‘I’m Huge, I Can Help: He reportedly told sexting partners Sydney Leathers, “I’m huge, I can help you,” offering her the use of his name and, allegedly, political power to get a ticket to the DNC and even a job at politico.

4. Dozen Car Bombs Kill 51 in Iraq: The coordinated blasts, which have not been claimed but look like the world of the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, were just the latest in a wave of violence that has taken more than 3,000 lives since April.

5. Israel-Palestine Peace Talks to Resume: Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to propose two days of meetings, and both sides accepted.

Photo: A participant splashes into the mud during the annual mud flats olympics. The games takes place in the muddy tidal flats common to the north German coast and includes football, handball, volleyball, and mud sledding. By Patrick Lux/Getty.

1:06 PM, July 19th, 2013

Front Page - July 19, 2013

1. Detroit Files for Bankruptcy: In the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, the emergency manager of Detroit asked a federal judge for permission to put the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon.

2. Texas Files ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill: Three Republican lawmakers have filed a measure to criminalize abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—it normally is heard around six weeks into a pregnancy.

3. Putin Critic Released: Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was released Friday when an appeals court ruled that his conviction for embezzlement denied him his right to participate in the Moscow mayoral campaign, for which he’s a candidate.

4. Florida Protests ‘Stand Your Ground’: “This bill encourages people to shoot their way out of situations, and that’s not how we live in a civilized society,” state Democratic leader Chris Smith said.

5. No Deal After Egypt Coup: Over two weeks after the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the government of President Mohamed Morsi, there is still no sign of a deal between the generals and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Morsi led

Photo: An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The camp is now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan’s fifth-largest city. Pool photo by Mandel Ngan

12:40 PM, July 19th, 2013

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Death in Cairo
by Yusuf Sayman 

On July 5, I was standing outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo where many Egyptians believed their recently ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was being held. Military troops in fatigues guarded the entrance, blocked off from the street by a barbed wire fence. On the other side of the road, thousands of Morsi’s supporters were massed.

Two days earlier, when Morsi was still technically Egypt’s president, I had photographed an earlier protest at this very spot. But it had been a vastly different scene—with anti-Morsi demonstrators calling for Morsi’s ouster just hours before Egypt’s army chief went on television and announced that he’d removed Morsi from office. There were no armed personnel carriers at the entrance, no barbed wire. Just a couple of soldiers standing around chatting. When an officer stepped forward to urge the crowd not to get too close to the gate, they cheered.

But now, the crowd was hostile—and growing. Morsi’s supporters chanted angrily against the army as men at the front of the protest tried to keep enraged colleagues from crossing the road, fearing it might provoke a violent response. As two colleagues and I approached the barbed wire, the soldiers warned us to leave. One officer then made an announcement: “Do not cross the street, or force will be used.”

Soon after, a lone protester pushed through the chaos and began to cross. His name was Mohamed Sobhi, an engineer born in 1977, wearing a long beard, sunglasses, a grey t-shirt and khaki pants. In his hand, he held a poster of Morsi. It was obvious that he planned to hang it on the wire. He came close, but then, just after 3pm, I heard a lone gun shot. Sobhi dropped to the floor, felled by a bullet to the head, and the first demonstrator to be killed by the army in Egypt’s ongoing crisis lay bleeding in the street.

These photos show that moment.

A terrible—but important—moment captured by photographer Yusuf Sayman in Egypt during the recent protests. Warning: this is very graphic.

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10:53 AM, July 12th, 2013

Front Page - July 12, 2013

Snowden: “I Want the US to Succeed”: At a meeting with several human rights groups today, Edward Snowden discussed how he plans to get out of Russia and into one of the Latin Amercian countries that have offered him asylum. 

Morsi’s Son Defends Dad: “What do I see in the coming days? That the revolution will succed and that the legitimate leader will return.”

Rand Paul Considering Presidential Bid: He plans to make an announcement after the midterm congressinoal elections in 2014, but already leads his potential rivals by a few percentage points in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey, 

Humanoid Robot Debuts: “A new species, Robo sapiens, are emerging.”

Hubble Spots Blue Planet: Named HD 189733b, the planet is a gas giant with a daytime temperatue of 2,000 degree, with liquid gas particles possibily blowing around its surface in 4,500 miles-per-hour winds. It is 63 light-years away. 

Photo: Guatemala City: A man is seen through power lines working on the placement of a panoramic ad. By Jorge Lopez/ReutersS

12:40 PM, July 5th, 2013

Protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, carry an injured man during clashes outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

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4:20 PM, July 3rd, 2013
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3:59 PM, July 3rd, 2013

Earlier this evening in Tahrir Square:

Male protestors form a human chain to protect women taking part in a mass demonstration at the presidential palace. “Women are the voice of the revolution,” a man shouts into a megaphone. The crowd roars with cheering and applause. Photo by Sophia Jones. 

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10:51 AM, July 3rd, 2013

Front page — July 3rd, 2013

  1. Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia: Bolivian President Evo Morales had to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after France, Portugal, and Spain denied his plane access to their airspace. It all began earlier this week in Moscow, when Morales offhandedly suggested that he might be willing to take in the fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  2. Patients HIV-Free After Marrow Transplant: Researchers are celebrating what looks like a major step on the road to eventually finding a cure for the AIDS virus. At an international AIDS conference Wednesday, it was announced that following bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers, two HIV-infected patients in Boston are now virus-free and off their antiretroviral drugs.
  3. Morsi Defiant Ahead of Deadline: The clock is ticking on the Egyptian military’s threat to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi, but the stubborn leader is showing no signs of backing down. There are now only mere hours left until what looks slated to be a clash between the military and members of Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands: Thousands of people gathered at a high school in Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday night to honor the 19 firefighters who were killed battling raging forest fires in the state. Nineteen purple balloons—one for each firefighter—were released during the ceremony, which had a notably religious tone.
  5. Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, vice president of product development for Tiffany & Co., was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday morning and accused of stealing and reselling over $1.2 million worth of jewelry. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story was that after 20 years of working for the ubiquitous high-end jeweler, Lederhaas-Okun had allegedly been pocketing bling for only two years.

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PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Cairo and cities across Egypt to protest against President Mohamed Morsi on June 30, the end of his first full year in office. (Amr Nabil/AP) Read more here.

10:26 AM, July 3rd, 2013

christopherdickey:

Tahrir Webcam live. The clock is ticking.

Depending on whether you started the clock at the beginning or end of the army’s statement, the 48-hour deadline has either just passed at 10:00am EST or is about to pass at roughly 10:30am EST.

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2:33 PM, July 2nd, 2013

newsweek:

A young protester drags a metal curtain to be used as a barricade as soldiers defending the Presidential Palace look by. [Photo: Yusuf Sayman, via The Daily Beast’s Instagram]

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11:14 AM, July 2nd, 2013

christopherdickey:

Unbelievable - but true - video of the crowds in Cairo at the height of the protests.

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11:38 AM, July 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, July 10th

  1. Annan: Iran Part of Syrian SolutionFollowing talks with the Iranian foreign minister, U.N. envoy to Syria Kofi Annan argued, in a press conference Tuesday, that Iran should be “part of the solution” to Syrian turmoil. “My presence here [in Tehran] proves that I believe Iran can play a positive role,” he said. 
  2. Not All Dems Stand With ObamaYesterday President Obama called on Congress to renew Bush-era tax cuts for just one year for Americans making under $250,000. He was expecting trouble from Republicans eager to keep the tax cuts for wealthiest Americans around forever, but he’s also getting some push-back from his own party. Embattled members of both the House and Senate, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill from Missouri, Senate hopeful Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, say they’d either prefer to raise taxes on people making over $1 million per year, or permanently extend the Bush-era cuts for anyone making less than that. 
  3. Diamond Gives Up $31M in Bonuses: Former-CEO Robert Diamond is giving up $31 million in deferred bonuses. New insight into the Barclays Libor scandal reveals that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may have known that the British bank was manipulating global interest rates as early as August of 2007. In 2008 the Fed even offered up some suggestions to British authorities on how to fix the system. 
  4. Ex-Israeli P.M. Cleared of CorruptionAfter three years as prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert resigned in 2008 amid a high-profile corruption scandal. Now Olmert has been cleared on two charges of corruption. He was convicted on a third, less drastic charge—of breach of trust—which he’s expected to appeal. 
  5. Egyptian Parliament Meets in CairoLegislators gathered in Cairo Tuesday for a meeting of Egypt’s now-dissolved Parliament, despite opposition from the senior military generals and high-court judges. During the short meeting, lawmakers approved a proposal by the speaker—a member of the Muslim Brotherhood—to appeal an earlier ruling that reviving the defunct Parliament went outside the law. 

Photo via picturedept:

Photo of the Day: July 9, 2012

Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Bosnian Muslim man prays near coffins prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Centeron July 9, 2012. The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe’s worst massacre since World War Two.

photo: Dada Ruvic, Reuters / Landov

PHOTO OF THE DAY ARCHIVE

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1:24 PM, July 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, July 9th 

  1. Obama: Extend Tax Cuts: President Obama is gearing up for his latest fight with Congress as he plans to push for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for anyone with a yearly income under $250,000. House Republicans want to keep the tax cuts in place permanently for both middle- and upper-income Americans, and congressional Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have been pushing to extend them to anyone earning up to $1 million. 
  2. Egypt’s Parliament Closure ‘Final’: Egypt’s highest court has spoken: the decision to dissolve the country’s parliament is binding. Monday’s ruling is a blow to newly-elected president Mohammed Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood party won most seats in the chamber in a the recent election.
  3. Euro Zone Aims to Create AgencyThe euro zone is in the process of creating a new agency to supervise banks within the currency union that would report to the European Central Bank. Germany and other European nations with strong economies see the establishment of one overarching authority as necessary to keep the rest of the bloc in line. 
  4. Annan, Assad Have ‘Constructive Talk’: The United Nations’ envoy to Syria and the Arab League, Kofi Annan, held “constructive” talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Monday. Assad reportedly claimed that any effort to end the 16 months of violence that has torn through his country has been hindered by the U.S.’s support of “terrorists” and support from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey—both via weaponry and other logistical aid—to the rebels attempting to take down his regime. The two have agreed on an “approach” to end the violence. 
  5. Lance Armstrong Suing USADA: Livestrong, litigate stronger. Lance Armstrong is turning the tables on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency by suing the organization for charging that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. The seven-time Tour de France winner filed the lawsuit Monday and is expected to argue that the USADA’s doping investigations violate the constitutional rights of athletes. 

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DAILY PIC: Jeff Brouws takes photos of abandoned railroad rights-of-way.  The “train-track” perspective that still lurks in his pictures is the last trace of technology’s encounter with nature. His photos are haunted by the trains that no longer cross them. One way or another, such haunting is the central subject of “The Permanent Way”, a show at the New York non-profit gallery called Apexart. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the law that paved the way (almost literally) for the first transcontinental railroad, Brian Shollis, a brilliant young scholar now transitioning from art into history, has put together a small survey of railroad-themed images. It includes vintage train maps, old railroad postcards and contemporary art about trains and their riders. No matter how commonplace trains became, I don’t think we ever grew completely blase about them. As they disappear, we may become less neglectful than ever.

The Daily Pic, along with more global art news, can also be found on the  Art Beast page at thedailybeast.com.

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9:35 AM, June 30th, 2012

Islamist Morsi Sworn In:
 First freely elected leader

Mohammed Morsi will be sworn in Saturday as Egypt’s first freely elected president, and the first to take power since ruler Hosni Mubarak was deposed last year. The Islamist president-elect held a rally in Tahrir Square ahead of his inauguration on Friday, saying that as president he would work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “blind sheik” imprisoned in the United States. Morsi, a 60-year-old member of the Muslim Brotherhood, arrived at Egypt’s highest court for his official swearing-in ceremony at 11am local time on Saturday.

Read it at the AP

Xtra: Vivialn Salama: Egypt’s Ultra-Conservative First Lady

10:57 AM, June 27th, 2012
Frontpage: Wednesday, June 27th
1. Obama Maintains Narrow Lead: A new Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Obama still has a narrow lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, even though there has been some bad economic news lately.
2. 32,000 Flee ‘Epic’ Colorado Blaze: Wildfires in Colorado continue to rage. As of Wednesday morning, the 6,200-acre blaze had been only 5 percent contained, and 65 mph winds blew the fire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
3. Judge Blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab: A U.S. judged ordered Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple requested an injunction on the product and called it “blatant copying.”
4. Bank’s Crafting ‘Living Wills’: Five of the nation’s largest banks are writing contingency plans to be used if they go under. The plans are one of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law.
5. Egypt to Appoint Woman VP: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, plans to appoint a female vice president. His policy adviser Ahmed Deif said: “For the first time in Egyptian history—not just modern but in all Egyptian history—a woman will take that position.
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Writer, director, and producer Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday at 71. This photo is from 1978, at age 37, during a portrait session in Los Angeles. See more of Nora Ephron’s life in pictures here.

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 27th

1. Obama Maintains Narrow Lead: A new Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Obama still has a narrow lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, even though there has been some bad economic news lately.

2. 32,000 Flee ‘Epic’ Colorado Blaze: Wildfires in Colorado continue to rage. As of Wednesday morning, the 6,200-acre blaze had been only 5 percent contained, and 65 mph winds blew the fire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

3. Judge Blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab: A U.S. judged ordered Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple requested an injunction on the product and called it “blatant copying.”

4. Bank’s Crafting ‘Living Wills’: Five of the nation’s largest banks are writing contingency plans to be used if they go under. The plans are one of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law.

5. Egypt to Appoint Woman VP: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, plans to appoint a female vice president. His policy adviser Ahmed Deif said: “For the first time in Egyptian history—not just modern but in all Egyptian history—a woman will take that position.

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Photo by George Rose/Getty Images:

Writer, director, and producer Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday at 71. This photo is from 1978, at age 37, during a portrait session in Los Angeles. See more of Nora Ephron’s life in pictures here.

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