Morning Must Reads: July 29

In the news: Egypt's military crackdown, an Israel-Palestine meeting, Detroit, Pope Francis, Omnicom and Publicis, and Reza Aslan's Fox interview.

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

  • The Obama administration increasingly fears that Egypt’s military is deepening a crackdown that could spark a sustained period of instability and lead members of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood to take up arms.
  • John Kerry‘s persistence has paid off: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Washington this evening to resume the long-dormant Middle East peace process.
  • Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, according to a new AP report.
  • Detroit looks to Obamacare to ease costs.
    • Paul Krugman: Upward social mobility is even lower in Atlanta than it is in Detroit, possibly because the city is just be too spread out.
  • Pope Francis reached out to gays Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation.
  • Two industry giants, Omnicom and Publicis, merge to create the largest ad company in the world, signaling that advertising is now firmly in the business of Big Data: collecting and selling the personal information of millions of consumers.
  • Rick Warren preaches for the first time since his son’s suicide.
  • David Hawkings reports on Congress’ shrinking timetable to avert a government shutdown.
  • The American Medical Association contributes massively to the illogical and inflated way that health care prices are set.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea “very soon” to win the release of a Korean-American man detained there.
  • New York Timesinterviews President Obama for the first time in three years.
  • A Fox News interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan goes viral.