9:42am

Wed June 22, 2011
Middle East

Egypt's Political Transformation Moves Slowly

Mohammed Badie, the head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, speaks to the press in Cairo on March 19. Democracy activists argue that the timetable for elections is too rapid and will give the advantage to the Muslim Brotherhood and elements of Mubarak's old party.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Five months after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted, the military remains firmly in charge. But the question of who will ultimately control the country remains wide open.

The army will clearly remain a powerful influence. Memories remain strong of the 1952 revolution against the monarchy — when army officers pledged a transition to democracy but gradually consolidated their hold on power.

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9:15am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Crowdsourcing Solves Mystery About Nazi Photographer

It took less than day, according to The New York Times' Lens blog, for readers to help identify the Nazi photographer who took 214 pictures in a recently discovered album that includes never-before-seen images of Adolf Hitler.

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9:02am

Wed June 22, 2011
Opinion

The Root: A Vote With A Side Of Freedom Fries

President Barack Obama leaves a lunch meeting at the G8 summit in Deauville, France last month. G8 leaders discussed ways in which to end the conflict in Libya.
Lionel Bonaventure AP

David Swerdlick is a regular contributor to The Root.

To put the hypocrisy of Republicans into context when it comes to Libya, it's worth pointing out that two of the congressmen joining Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich's suit to stop President Barack Obama's prosecution of the ongoing NATO action in Libya's civil war — North Carolina Reps. Walter Jones and Howard Coble — both backed the 2002 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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8:35am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

California Lawmakers Won't Get Paid Until Budget Is Balanced

California State Controller John Chiang is being hailed as a hero by many in his state because he's ruled that legislators there won't be paid until they produce a budget plan that he determines is balanced.

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8:32am

Wed June 22, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: New Countdown Met With Controversy

Keith Olbermann's new show, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, premiered on Monday, June 20.
Justin Stephens AP

Leslie Savan blogs for The Nation about media and politics.

It's good to have Keith Olbermann back, and terrific to have a new progressive platform on Current TV. But unless the man grows up, I'll probably be watching Lawrence O'Donnell, whose relentless logic I've grown enamored of, especially since he took over K.O.'s slot at MSNBC.

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8:03am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Flooding Continues In Heartland; Fires Coming Under Control In Arizona

Good morning.

The day's big story, at least at this hour, is President Obama's address to the nation tonight in which he'll lay out his plan for drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Our latest preview is posted here.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Flooding In The Heartland:

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7:52am

Wed June 22, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Early Withdrawal A Dangerous Risk

A U.S. Army crewman sits at the rear of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter accompanying the Blackhawk of Defense Secretary Robert Gates (not pictured) between Forward Operating Bases in over eastern Afghanistan, Monday, June 6, 2011. President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement about the next phase of military operations in Afghanistan later today.
Jason Reed AP

Frederick W. Kagan is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and director of its Critical Threats Project. Kimberly Kagan is president of the Institute for the Study of War.

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7:49am

Wed June 22, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Sentences Shiite Activists To Life In Prison

A Bahraini court sentenced at least eight Shiite activists and opposition leaders to life in prison Wednesday and issued stiff terms for 13 others in the latest blow by authorities waging a crackdown against protesters seeking greater rights in the Gulf kingdom.

The men were accused of plotting to overthrow the country's monarchy during mass demonstrations earlier this year. Fourteen of the 21 convicted are in custody while the rest were sentenced in absentia.

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7:33am

Wed June 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Online Dating Is For Those Young At Heart

Molly Holder was almost 90 when a Scottish man in his early 80s caught her eye on Match.com. When she began messaging with Edward Nisbet, they discovered a common love for poetry and grammar. The pair met for the first time in January and tied the knot earlier this month.

7:28am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Cost Of Afghan War Hangs Over Obama's Decision On Troop Withdrawals

U.S. Marines on patrol earlier this month in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
David Gilkey NPR

As we wait to hear from President Obama tonight about the pace and size of troop reductions in Afghanistan, here are some of the latest stories about what he's expected to say and the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan:

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