Mic Check: “Mubarak is Walking and Egypt is On Fire”

1. Egypt Releases Former Ruler Hosni Mubarak
 
Egypt’s former ruler Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Thursday. There’s a good legal reason for his release: Egyptian prisoners can only be held for two years without a conviction if they are charged with a crime that carries the death penalty. However, Mubarak’s trial for the deaths of protesters from the 2011 revolution shows how little Egypt has changed. The police charged with collecting evidence for the trial carried out the 2011 killings. Mubarak’s release crushed the hopes of Egypt’s revolutionaries: “I feel like I stabbed myself in the back… I have been protesting for change for two years and look where we are. Mubarak is walking and the country is on fire,” said one protester.
 
• Is U.S. military aid to Egypt going to stop? Here’s why it doesn’t matter (PolicyMic).
 
Are U.S. interests really at stake in Arab Spring countries? (FP)
 
 
2. Chelsea Manning Announces Gender Change

Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) announced she will live the rest of her life as a woman in a statement read on the Today Show on Thursday. However, the military prison where Manning will serve her time has already rejected her request for hormone therapy. Manning’s lawyer says he will take legal action if the prison does not change its mind. Past cases suggest Manning may win her case: Courts have ruled withholding gender reassignment therapy constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
 
The military should pay for Chelsea Manning’s hormone therapy (PolicyMic).
 
• A PolicyMic editor shares what he learned about masculinity while transitioning his gender (Atlantic).
 
 
3. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign Today
 
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has reportedly struck a deal with city officials to step down today. The details of the agreement will remain secret until a City Council vote at 1 p.m. PT, but sources say the city agreed to cover some of Filner’s legal fees in exchange for his resignation. The deal was made the same day an 18th woman accused Filner of inappropriate sexual advances. City Council President Todd Gloria will become acting mayor if Filner steps down, and the city will hold a runoff election within 90 days.
 
Bob Filner is the latest Democrat hypocrite (PolicyMic).
 
• A city official filmed a video of Filner leaving city hall with packing boxes (Slate).
 
 
4. Justice Department Challenges Texas Voter ID Law
 
The Justice Department announced Thursday it will challenge Texas’ strict Voter ID law. The lawsuit is the Obama administration’s first move to protect Americans’ voting rights following the neutering of a key clause of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court in June. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. It’s good the DOJ is taking action: It’s up to Congress to determine a new formula for the Voting Rights Act, and we all know how quickly Congress makes tough decisions.
 
The real reason the feds are going to war with Texas (PolicyMic).
 
5 instances of voter discrimination stopped by the Voting Rights Act (Mother Jones).
 
 
5. Technical Error Brings Nasdaq Trading to a Halt
 
A technical issue at Nasdaq stopped all trades on the company’s stock market for about three hours on Thursday. Trading resumed around 3 p.m., but bankers said there’s a good chance Nasdaq stock will take a hit. The shutdown underscores how small issues can bring the stock market to a halt. It probably didn’t happened this time, but squirrels have shutdown the stock market on two previous occasions.
 
The private sector can help solve millennials’ biggest problems (PolicyMic).
 
• This German trader fell asleep on his keyboard and transferred a huge amount of money (Business Insider).
 
• Inside the technical errors that wrecked Facebook’s IPO (Atlantic).
 
 
DESSERT
• 22 SNL cast members share stories from their auditions (NY Times).
 
• The surprising relationship between Hollywood and PEDs (Hollywood Reporter).
 
• Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield reminisce about the biting incident (Deadspin).
 
• This American man lost his identity in his sleep (BBC).
 
• Meet the Harry Potter witches and wizards of Congress (BuzzFeed).
 
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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