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Former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak is out of legal jeopardy. Another military strong man sits as president and the opposition is in jail. In Egypt it looks like the Arab winter has set in. Also, the omnibus drama moves to Senate, and the corporate meteorologists who keep all those UPS and FedEx planes and their deliveries on time. Marc Cooper guest hosts.

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) meets with General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) in Cairo, Egypt, April 24, 2013 (Secretary of Defense)

Cromnibus Drama Moves to Senate 6 MIN, 29 SEC

It was a chaos last night on Capitol Hill as both parties in the House scrambled to pass a one trillion dollar spending bill to keep the government open. Republicans faced flak from their right wing, while liberal Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi bucked the White House and balked at approving the measure. In the end, it passed by a small bipartisan majority. But the drama isn't over. Now it's hung up in the Senate, as we hear from Manu Raju, senior congressional reporter for Politico.

Manu Raju, Politico (@mkraju)

Pelosi on House Democrats being troubled by inclusion of special interest provisions in Omnibus bill

The New Egypt? Same as the Old? 34 MIN, 38 SEC

Three years after the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt's Tahrir Square, it seems a long cold winter has returned. Former strongman Hosni Mubarak and his closest security officials have been cleared of all charges stemming from the killing of protesters during the 2011 mass demonstrations. A new army general, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has consolidated power as Egypt's president, and thousands of religious and secular opposition activists are in jail. But the spigot of US aid is wide open and business is booming. Is it game over for democracy in Egypt?

David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@ddknyt)
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)
Omar Rezda, investment banker
Mona Eltahawy, syndicated columnist (@monaeltahawy )

NY Times editorial on the verdict against Mubarak turning back the clock on democracy
Khouri on difficulty in analyzing Egyptian political life after Mubarak verdict
Eltahawy on the ‘New Egypt’

The Corporate Meteorologists Who Keep Santa's Sleigh in the Air 8 MIN, 41 SEC

Did you know that companies like FedEx and UPS have war rooms of meteorologists to keep everything on schedule? We didn't. Almost a billion packages will be delivered this holiday season by the shipping industry. Who keeps all those planes in the sky and on time? The answer comes from Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell.

Drew Harwell, Washington Post (@drewharwell)

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