Mohammed Badie, a white-bearded professor, was shown on state television being whisked away to prison in a car, sitting next to a security officer in a bulletproof vest. His arrest, as well as those of other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, had been ordered after last month’s coup.
Badie’s detention was the latest in a rapidly unfolding series of events that seemed certain to outrage beleaguered Brotherhood supporters and intensify the crisis in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
Earlier Monday, an Egyptian court granted bond to the country’s former autocratic ruler, Hosni Mubarak, raising the prospect that he could be released from jail within days. The Washington Post has more here.
The indictment of the army chief who seized power in a 1999 coup - once Pakistan's most powerful man - was almost an unthinkable event in a nuclear-armed country ruled by the military for half of its 66-year history.
Bhutto, a former prime minister, died in a suicide gun and bomb attack in December 2007 after a campaign rally in the city of Rawalpindi, not far from the heavily guarded court room where the charges were read out on Tuesday. Reuters.com has more here.
Report shows Senate Immigration bill would add 14,000 jobs per Congressional district - A new report released Tuesday indicates that the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate but faces an uphill climb in the House could generate an average of nearly 14,000 new jobs in each congressional district over the course of the next 10 years, Fusion reported.
The report was released by American Action Network (AAN), a conservative advocacy group pushing for immigration reform.
Using figures from a Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) study of economic data and new worker visas and a report from the Congressional Budget Office on the Senate immigration bill, the study found that no fewer than 7,000 jobs would be created in each district by 2023. An average of 13,992 new jobs would be created in each district, according to the report. TPM.com has more here.
Obama Wants Dodd-Frank Bill Implemented - President Obama urged the nation’s top financial regulators on Monday to move faster on new rules for Wall Street, telling them in a private White House meeting that they must work to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.
Aides said Mr. Obama also told the regulators that the United States needed a more simplified and certain system of financing housing. The president recently endorsed proposals to reduce the government’s role in providing mortgages.
“It gave birth to the sequester,” he added.
And the “Hastert rule,” calling for majority of the majority support for legislation, could be broken as well.
Van Hollen signaled that it had to be “selectively applied,” and he suggested that he didn’t see a scenario wherein Republicans would be able to pass a legitimate debt ceiling increase bill without significant Democratic support. RollCall.com has more here.