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Week In The News: Egypt, Firefighters, Healthcare Delay

Egypt in crisis. Arizona’s firefighter tragedy. A big delay for healthcare reform. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Egyptians celebrate in front of the constitutional court after Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the nation's interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. Arabic reads, " bye bye Morsi." (AP)

Egyptians celebrate in front of the constitutional court after Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the nation’s interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. Arabic reads, ” bye bye Morsi.” (AP)

What do you call the overthrow of an elected president by massive crowds and soldiers?  Coup?  Revolution?  This week, we called it Egypt.  Mohamed Morsi, out.  Muslim Brotherhood leaders in jail.  Egypt’s historic experiment with democracy, way up in the air.

In Arizona, an astonishing firefighter death toll.  Nineteen, and sorrow.  In Washington, the Obama administration retreats, delays on health care reform’s “employer mandate.”  Europe rages at US surveillance.  Snowden, Zimmerman still dangling.

This hour On Point:  our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. Author of “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.” (@sangernyt)

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg. (@margarettalev)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN: Egypt’s security forces move against Muslim Brotherhood -- “Egypt’s top prosecutor has issued an order preventing deposed President Mohamed Morsy and 35 others, including the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, from leaving the country while authorities investigate allegations they ‘incited to commit violent crimes and kill peaceful protesters,’ state media reported Thursday, citing the prosecutor’s office.”

USA Today: Businesses react to health care act delay – “Businesses reacted with relief to the Obama administration’s decision to give large and midsize employers until 2015 to provide health care coverage for their workers or face fines.”

Los Angeles Times: As Arizona fire rages, scientists warn of more unpredictable blazes – “The analytical work performed by fire scientists here at the National Interagency Fire Center also confirms what seems anecdotally evident: Wildfires are getting bigger — the average fire is now five times as large as it was in the 1980s — and these enormous conflagrations have a breathtaking facility to dance and grow. Unforeseen winds are swerving and turning on fire crews, and it’s no longer unusual for fires to double in size in a day.”

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