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1. Egyptian Police Threaten to Break Up Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins
Egyptian police warned they would begin cracking down on sit-ins in support of deposed President Mohamed Morsi today. Security officials threatened to cut off supplies from the protests as a first step to break up the sit-ins. However, the police had not taken action as of this morning. The New York Times says pressure from Western nations may have convinced the Egyptian military to push back its strike. TIME predicts the stalemate will end with “a massive bloodletting on live television.”
More from around the web:
Spend 24 hours at a pro-Morsi sit-in (NY Times).
• Everything you need to know about U.S. aid to Egypt (ProPublica).
More from PolicyMic:
• There’s a Simple Reason Why the U.S. Doesn't Know What to Do About Egypt (Elizabeth Rghebi)
2. Israeli Settlements Could Risk Mid-East Peace Talks
Israel published a list today of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of an agreement to resume peace talks. Israel will release a total of 104 prisoners; many have been held since before a 1993 interim peace agreement. The Israeli government also moved ahead with the construction of 1,200 settlement homes in the West Bank, in order to appease far-right politicians. Israel’s balancing act may have consequences for Wednesday’s peace talks: Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israeli settlements could make Palestine leave the negotiating table.
More from around the web:
How the U.S. can support successful Mid-East peace talks (CAP).
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks hinge on this one issue (HuffPo).
More from PolicyMic:
• Israel’s Settlement Expansions Show It's Not Interested in Peace (Heather Hartlaub)
3. U.S. Furious Over Release Of Mexican Drug Lord
Mexican officials released drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero on Friday; he had served 28 years of a 40-year sentence for killing U.S. drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena. A Mexican court ruled Quintero had been improperly tried for a state offense in a federal court. Quintero isn’t off the hook yet. The U.S. DEA said it “will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.”  Mexico doesn’t need another drug lord on the streets: Only 37% of Mexicans said efforts against drug cartels were making progress in a recent survey.
More from around the web:
The 10 most outlandish stories from Mexico’s drug war (New Yorker).
Read about drug lords’ brutal tactics of intimidation (BBC).
More from PolicyMic:
Rafael Caro Quintero’s Release is a Major Setback For Mexico’s Justice System (Maggie O’Neill)
4. Usain Bolt Wins Sixth Gold Medal at World Championships
Usain Bolt won the 100-meter race at the Moscow World Championships on Sunday, taking home his sixth World Championship gold as lightning rained down around the stadium. Bolt’s 9.77 seconds was his slowest time in a major 100 meter final; he admitted his legs were still sore from his semi-final race. The win was sweet redemption for the false start that disqualified Bolt from the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
More from around the web:
AFP snapped an incredible photo of Bolt at the World Championships (Twitter).
• Watch Usain Bolt smash the 100-meter world record (YouTube).
More from PolicyMic:
• Usain Bolt’s Running Record Could Soon Be Shattered By a Robotic Cheetah (Rishi Vangapalli)
5. ‘Breaking Bad’ Returns For Its Final Episodes
Everyone’s favorite science teacher turned drug dealer, Walter White, returned to the airwaves Sunday night to begin part two of the final season of Breaking Bad. Critics loved the premiere; you can check out Slate’s breakdown here. You don’t need to worry about getting your Breaking Bad fix after this season: A spinoff based on character Saul Goodman is in the works.
More from around the web:
• Get to know the man behind Walter White (GQ).
• Check out Breaking Bad as infographics (Vulture).
More from PolicyMic:
10 Things to Watch For in the Final Season of ‘Breaking Bad’ (Glenn Davis)
Breaking Bad’ Conveys the Reality of the Drug Trade Better Than U.S. Drug Policy (Jessie Bullock)
• Is there such a thing as bad charity? (NY Times)
Why The O.C. was the definitive show about the 2000s economy (Wonkblog).
• This camp is a safe place for gender non-conforming kids (Slate).
Can brain freeze cause long-term brain damage? (PopSci)
The 35 best times someone on Facebook thought the Onion was real (Thought Catalog).
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