FROM Abigail Hauslohner
Can Power-Sharing Keep Iraq From Fracturing? In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to hang on to power, while part of his country is under the firm control of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. Despite hopes that it might get its act together, Maliki’s army has failed to re-take Takrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. Maliki wants US help against the Islamic State that’s taken over part of the country, but his repressive style has divided his own people. We’ll look at America’s limited options in a region where national boundaries are fading away and religious extremism is on the rise.
Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Members to Death In a case involving the death of a single policeman and the attempted murder of two others, an Egyptian court has imposed the sentence of death on 529 alleged members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The incident that gave way to today's mass sentencing was an attack on a police station in the Nile Valley last August.
Violence Grips Egypt after Military Crackdown Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. A curfew is now in effect. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Today's move had been predicted, but the violence of the assault has stunned Egyptians, international observers and the Obama White House, which says it opposes the new emergency law and "strongly condemns" the crackdown . Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update.
Egypt's Military Outs President Morsi One year after Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first elected president, the military has once again taken control and installed a temporary successor. In Tahrir Square, the massive crowd that called for Morsi's ouster is elated. Across town, Morsi supporters are denouncing the military coup. Abigail Hauslohner is Cairo Bureau Chief for the Washington Post .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.