Monday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Egypt: “At least 51 people were killed and 435 injured in clashes early Monday near the Republican Guard headquarters in the Egyptian capital, the Ministry of Health said.”

* Still no talk of a “coup” from the Obama administration: “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press briefing Monday that cutting off aid to Egypt in the wake of the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi ‘would not be in the best interest of the United States.’”

* Al Nour: “A party of ultraconservative Islamists that emerged as an unexpected political kingmaker in Egypt after the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi said on Monday that it was suspending its participation in efforts to form an interim government.”

* Officials are still working to get a better sense of what happened on Asiana Airways Flight 214.

* Another plane tragedy: “Ten people were killed Sunday when their plane was “engulfed in flames” at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska.”

* Quebec: “Fires were still burning more than 24 hours after a driverless train carrying petroleum products derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, setting off a massive blaze that killed at least one person. Authorities warned that the death toll was likely to rise.” [Update: Local officials held a press conference late this afternoon. The death toll now stands at 13.] 

* Gun violence: “Twelve men were killed and at least 60 other people were wounded in shootings throughout Chicago during the holiday weekend, including eight people who were shot in a West Side attack Saturday.”

* In case you needed a reminder why it’s so difficult to take S&P ratings seriously.

* Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly over the weekend wrapped up a seven-day, seven-state tour “that featured stops in Nevada, Alaska, North Dakota, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine and North Carolina to advocate for gun safety and increased background checks.” The choice of locations likely coincided with applying pressure to specific lawmakers.

* Oh my: “A Republican city-parish councilman is drafting a proposal that would ban the rainbow flag and others from public buildings, after a local veteran complained about the recent display of a gay pride flag on government property.”

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Monday's Mini-Report

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