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Trending In Our News Feeds Rick Perry to end streak as Texas governor. Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) announced Monday he will not run for a fourth term in 2014. “The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” he said. It looks like this won’t be the last we’ll see of Governor Perry, though: “Any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that decision appropriately,” he said. Rumors have already begun to fly that Perry will make a second presidential run in 2016. So who does that leave to take over the governor’s seat in Texas? The Washington Post predicts Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will be a shoo-in. PolicyMic pundit Jessica Huseman rounds up 8 reasons we won’t miss Governor Perry.
Egypt issues timetable for democratic elections. Interim Egyptian President Adli Mansour released a timetable for democratic elections on Monday as the death toll from violent protests jumped to 51. Mansour says a panel will be formed within 15 days to make changes to the country’s constitution. Egyptian voters will have a chance to weigh in on the changes. The timetable calls for parliamentary elections within six months, with a presidential election to follow. The Muslim Brotherhood party of deposed President Mohamed Morsi was quick to reject the plan. The timetable “brings the country back to square one,” said Deputy Chairman Essam al-Erian.
Meanwhile, the White Hose announced it will not immediately cutoff $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt. The New York Times says the administration plans to use its money to influence Egypt’s transition. However, high-profile members of Congress, including Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), disagree with the administration’s decision.
Report accuses Pakistani government of “gross incompetence.” A leaked Pakistani government report obtained by Al Jazeera on Monday says massive intelligence shortcomings allowed Osama Bin Laden to hide in Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks. The Abbottabad Commission, a panel charged with investigating the U.S. raid on Bin Laden’s compound in 2011, collected testimony from over 200 witnesses to create the report. The report accuses Pakistani officials of “gross incompetence” and calls the U.S. strike on Bin Laden “an act of war.” TIME rounds up five revelations from the report.
Mos Def raises awareness for Gitmo hunger-strikers. Islamic leaders have begun pressuring the Obama administration to stop force feeding Muslim inmates at Guantánamo Bay as the month-long fast of Ramadan begins. The U.S. says it will respect the daytime fast by force feeding prisoners at night. Four inmates have filed a lawsuit against the government; they say the plan will deprive inmates of water for long periods of time. “We believe it’s wrong to force feed at any time but it is particularly upsetting to do it through Ramadan,” said the spokesman for CAIR, a U.S. Muslim advocacy group.
In order to draw attention to the condition of the Guatánamo hunger-strikers, musician Yasiin Bey (better known at Mos Def) voluntarily underwent the Gitmo force-feeding procedure. The very graphic video shows the painful process that Gitmo inmates suffer through twice a day.
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