Morning Must Reads: August 14

In the news: trouble in Egypt and Iraq; Israel-Palestine negotiations; Booker wins; understanding the latest Obamacare delay; North Carolina's new voting law; Bradley Manning speaks; and the Euro zone returns to growth

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

  • “Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, firing weapons, bulldozing tents and beating and arresting protesters in raids that Morsi’s political party said caused heavy casualties. A senior Health Ministry official, Ahmed el-Ansari, said a total of nine people were killed and 50 injured at the two sites. But the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which backs the ousted president, claimed that more than 2,000 people died. The party initially said 500 protesters were killed and about 9,000 wounded in the raids.” [WashPost]
    • “By purging the Brotherhood, the interim government might be able to begin organizing a new transitional roadmap—including scheduling fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.” [TIME]
  • Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has suggested that the man who brought Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan, Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf, could become the country’s next leader.
  • U.S. is sidelined as Iraq becomes bloodier.
  • Israeli and Palestinian negotiators get ready for an unlikely deal.
  • Its Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker vs. former Republican Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan for New Jersey’s Oct. 16 special Senate election.
  • Ezra Klein: Four ways to understand the latest Obamacare delay
  • Opponents of North Carolina’s new voting laws prepare lawsuits.
  • Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will take the stand during the sentencing phase of his court-martial Wednesday at Fort Meade near Baltimore.
  • It’s crunch time for a Keystone XL decision.
  • The Euro zone’s return to growth after six straight quarters of contraction was driven by Germany.
  • Peter Orzag: “With So Many Openings, Why So Little Hiring?”