Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* As Morsi supporters in Egypt continue their protests, the Egyptian military urged citizens to take to the streets to show their support for … the Egyptian military.

* In related news: “Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is under investigation for a slew of charges including murder, according to the state news agency, stoking tensions throughout Egypt as rival political camps took to the streets.”

* The Obama administration, meanwhile, confirmed today what has long been suspected: “it won’t call the overthrow of Egyptian President Morsi earlier this month a military coup, arguing it doesn’t have to make a determinations under U.S. law.”

* Guantanamo Bay: “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Friday … that President Barack Obama ‘remains determined to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay’ and, in support of those efforts, the Defense Department has signaled its intention to send two detainees to Algeria.”

* Snowden: “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward J. Snowden, and would issue him a passport immediately so he could travel back to the United States.”

* North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said today he “planned to sign into law the state’s newest abortion restrictions – breaking his 2012 campaign promise to not sign any further restrictions on abortion into law.”

* Ethics: “The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it was pushing ahead with an investigation into Representative Peter Roskam of Illinois, a member of the House Republican leadership, and that it was pursuing inquiries into three other lawmakers, including Michele Bachmann.”

* Gov. Rick Perry (R) is outraged that the Justice Department is trying to protect all Texans’ voting rights, but as Adam Serwer explained, “Unfortunately for Perry, his objections don’t make much sense, common or otherwise.”

* The suspense continues: “The White House says President Barack Obama is not expected to name a new chairman of the Federal Reserve until the fall, lowering expectations for an imminent announcement.”

* It’s a shame she wasn’t wrong: “I didn’t want to be right,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says about her prediction that striking a key prong of the Voting Rights Act will lead to a wave of minority voter suppression, “but sadly I am.”

* Imagine that: “After Trumpeting Journolist Claims, Fox Silent On Groundswell.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated