Morning Must Reads: July 8

In the news: Egypt, Asiana Airlines flight 214, Michelle Rhee, crime in Chicago, Eliot Spitzer, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Andy Murray

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Egyptian soldiers and police guarding a military building opened fire on supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi Monday in bloodshed that claimed at least 40 lives, the single biggest death toll since massive protests forced Morsi’s government from power. After the shootings, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to rise up against the military.

    • Egypt’s opposition nominates Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, a London-trained economist, as a candidate for prime minister.
  • The investigation into the cause of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash that killed two and injured dozens might look relatively straightforward, but the the National Transportation Safety Board process will take months, if not years, to complete. The plane was flying far below its intended landing speed and on the verge of stalling before the aircraft clipped the sea wall and slammed into the runway.
  • President Barack Obama has signed just 15 bills into law so far in 2013. By the time a similarly divided Congress broke for the Fourth of July two years ago, the number was 23.
  • Michelle Rhee goes to Tennessee.
  • Crime in Chicago.
  • Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller.
  • Meet Reggie Walton, the Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
  • The passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg has cast doubt on the ability of Senate Democrats to exercise the so-called “nuclear option” and change the Senate rules via a simple majority.
  • Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden was right to leave the United States.
  • Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.