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    NOTE - This post will be updated throughout the day, with "breaking" news at the top, other updates below, and the live streams at the bottom: UPDATE 8/14/2013 at 10:10am ET: A month-long state of emergency has been declared. Overnight the Egyptian military attacked Muslim Brotherhood protesters encamped in Cairo. There are reports of dozens, maybe hundreds dead. (Live video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post.) In turn, Muslim Brotherhood supporters around the country have turned on the Christian population, including burning churches.

    The pro-Morsi protest that almost was: With an iron will, the People of Egypt will stand up to the military junta.  Here, you troops, here is your Zionist-loving tear gas canister back at you! Our women! Look what they did to our women! Oh Lord, we will not...

    Live video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post. If you want to mark a day when the Egyptian civil war started, this may be that day. Breaking reports indicate that pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters -- it's unclear if just protesters or an organized armed group -- attempted to storm an army barracks where Mohamed Morsi was being held, and the army responded with gunfire killing dozens of protesters. Via NBC News:
    At least 42 were killed and 322 injured in clashes early Monday near the Republican Guard headquarters in the Egyptian capital, according to a Ministry of Health source. Supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been holding a sit-in near the compound. Reuters cited the Egyptian military as saying "a terrorist group" had tried to storm the building early Monday. A Ministry of Defense official said that 200 people were arrested after protesters attacked the site around 4 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Sunday). Some were armed with guns, Molotov cocktails and knives, according to the official. One officer was killed and six troops wounded, the military said. However, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies accused security forces of attacking protesters. NBC News was not immediately able to reconcile the differing accounts.

    1) Debating the coup at the New York Times

    Much of the editorial opinion and some of the reporting in the mainstream media has opposed the Egyptian military's forcible removal of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt. Actually, surprisingly, there's a debate about it on the opinion pages of the New York Times. It's surprising because the reporting of the New York Times has been skeptical of the Tamarod, the protest movement that sought Morsi's resignation. It's doubly surprising because the New York Times isn't usually known for offering a diversity of opinion. On the one side there's an unsigned editorial, and an op-ed by Shadi Hamid. But perhaps the clearest anti-protest expression came from Samer Shehata, In Egypt, Democrats vs. Liberals.
    Egypt has a dilemma: its politics are dominated by democrats who are not liberals and liberals who are not democrats.
    In this case, the favored democrats are defined narrowly as the group that has won an election, but ignoring how it behaved once it achieved power. On the other side are Roger Cohen and David Brooks. But the clearest anti-Morsi sentiment came from Sara Khorshid, A Coup, but Backed by the People.
    Make no mistake: there is no democracy under military rule. Yet I supported the June 30 protests knowing that military rule was imminent, because Mr. Morsi’s rule had not been democratic, either. Throughout the year of his presidency, protesters who opposed him were violently crushed by the police and by Muslim Brotherhood members. He supported the Interior Ministry in its violent tactics against demonstrators and failed to investigate incidents in which protesters were killed. Journalists and activists were arrested, and the president issued an edict giving him immunity from judicial review. The presidential election, conducted without a clear legal framework, was not enough to make Mr. Morsi’s rule democratic. Despite Mr. Morsi’s constant claims that someone was undermining his efforts, his actions always seemed aimed at extending the Muslim Brotherhood’s domination of state institutions. He was in constant conflict with the judiciary, most recently with a proposal to lower the retirement age to clear the way for the appointment of his allies.
    The nature of the Muslim Brotherhood seems to have been grasped by David Brooks, but not Roger Cohen.

    (Live video and Twitter feeds at Muslim Brotherhood “Day of Rejection” in Egypt.) Kind of back to the future, considering how Mubarak cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood for decades. There may be elections in the future, but the military seems intend on weakening the MB in the interim, via NBC News:
    A crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement got underway in Egypt Thursday with the arrest of several leading members following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his replacement by a top judge. A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood warned ouster of Morsi, a member of the movement, could prompt some groups to resort to violence, though he said the Brotherhood would not do so. The deposed president was under house arrest at the Republican Guard Club and that most members of presidential team had also been placed under house arrest, a Brotherhood spokesman said. Judge Tharwat Hammad said Thursday that judicial authorities had opened an investigation into accusations Morsi and eight other senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood had defamed the judiciary. A travel ban was imposed on all of them. The prosecutor expects to question Morsi some time next week. A prosecutor also ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, and a top deputy, Khairat el-Shater, for allegedly ordering the killing of protesters outside of the Brotherhood’s headquarters on Sunday, judicial sources said. Al-Jazeera's offices were shut, as it was seen as sympathetic to Morsi: Other MB television and media channels have been shut as well. According to the Iranians, Morsi's biggest mistake was not taking full control of the military and security services, via Fox News:
    Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said Morsi "mistakenly" failed to reshape Egypt's powerful military and other security agencies. "The first mistake by the ... Brotherhood was that they thought they would be able to conclude the revolution only by toppling Hosni Mubarak," he said, adding that Morsi also failed to solve key economic problems in Egypt.
    It remains to be seen whether the MB will try to exert itself on the streets. Consider it likely.

    I'm glad the Muslim Brotherhood is out of power in Egypt. From the inception of the 2011 protests against Hosni Mubarak, we warned that western media, particularly the NY Times and its writer Roger Cohen, misunderstood the threat of Islamist supremacy in the revolution. We were right, although the ability of the opposition to coalesce over a year later was a surprise, as was the military's willingness to get involved. It was the economy, stupid, and the MB's overreaching. That said, you can't ignore the fact that Mohamed Morsi was the duly elected President of Egypt. Call it a coup d'état or whatever you want, at least admit what just happened even if you like the result. Around the time Morsi was removed yesterday, I sent out a tweet listing respective percentage wins of Morsi and Obama in the 2012 elections which placed each of them in their presidencies. The reactions are below, but first, a quick poll, Was that an anti-Obama Tweet? (Poll closes midnight Pacific time tonight) There were some humorous reactions:

    Live Video and Twitter feeds at Egypt Countdown LIVE. Although it's been obvious this would happen, it now is official. Fireworks at Tahrir Square: Via NBC News: “We swear to God to sacrifice with our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or ignoramus,” the military...

    Update No. 2 -- Morsi removed from power by military in Egypt ------------------------- The military's ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi expires soon. We will keep you updated throughout the day, with live video and Twitter feeds, and updates at the bottom of the post Video livestreams:
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    Egypt LIVE Updates Today was the deadline set by the Egyptian military for President Mohammed Morsi to reach an accommodation with the opposition and protesters. Morsi just rejected the ultimatum, via BBC:

    Egypt's president has rejected an army ultimatum that the country's crisis be resolved by Wednesday, amid deadly protests across the capital.

    Mohammed Morsi insisted on his constitutional legitimacy as president and said he would not be dictated to. It is clear he expects the military to depose him in the coming hours, says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Cairo
    Says in speech:
    "I am prepared to sacrifice my blood."
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