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Week In The News: Bloody Cairo, Stop And Frisk, Airline Merger Grounded

“Stop and frisk” ruled unconstitutional.  Big airline merger grounded.  Deadly clashes in Cairo.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi run from Egyptian security forces firing towards them during clashes in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP)

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi run from Egyptian security forces firing towards them during clashes in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP)

Bloody Egypt, overshadowing everything this week.  A huge death toll, shot down in the streets, and now big questions about American foreign policy and the unraveling of the Arab Spring.

In New York, a judge says “stop and frisk” police tactics have gone too far, too racial.  Mayor Bloomberg says he needs them.  In Washington, the Justice Department looks to pull back on mandatory minimum drug sentences and overcrowded prisons.

And in the Smoky Mountains, a judge says no to a mother naming her baby Messiah.

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

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Devlin Barrett, justice department reporter at the Wall Street Journal. (@devlinbarrett)

Anne Gearan, diplomatic correspondent at the Washington Post. (@agearan)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Reuters: Protesters storm Cairo building after bloodbath; Obama cancels war games — “Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces.”

New York Times: Judge Rejects New York’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy — “A federal judge ruled on Monday that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city, repudiating a major element in the Bloomberg administration’s crime-fighting legacy.”

CNN: US government seeks to block American-US Airways merger — “The Justice Department and attorneys general from six states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the $11 billion merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying the combination would lead to higher prices and less service for consumers.”

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