Morning Must Reads: August 20

In the news: Egypt, the Snowden files, climate change, Ted Cruz, Document No. 9, and Hillary Clinton biopics

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

  • “Mohamed Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested hours after a court ordered the release of former President Hosni Mubarak, offering a measure of Egypt’s redrawn political landscape.” [NYT]
  • “The parallel efforts by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have blunted U.S. influence with Egypt’s military leadership and underscored how the chaos there has pulled Israel into ever-closer alignment with those Gulf states, officials said.” [WSJ]
  • “A senior British government official demanded the destruction of files held by the Guardian newspaper related to the US National Security Agency’s mass monitoring of phone and internet use, the newspaper’s editor said.” [FT]
  • “Climate hawks are buzzing over leaks from the fifth big climate report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due to be officially released in September. Spoiler: Scientists are pretty damn confident that we’re screwing up the climate.” [Grist]
  • “Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledged late Monday that he probably has been a lifelong Canadian and vowed to renounce that citizenship now that he realizes he’s had it.” [Dallas Morning News]
  • “Internal warnings show that President Xi Jinping fears that the Communist Party is vulnerable to public anger about corruption and challenges from liberals impatient for political change.” [NYT] The memo, Document No. 9, calls for some Western-inspired ideas to be eradicated from Chinese society.
  • Hillary Clinton doesn’t want the biopics, either. [Bloomberg]