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July 4th, 2013
05:02 PM ET

The Lead Read: 3 books for your summer reading list

Matthew Klam, assistant professor for creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, and recipient of the O Henry award and a Guggenheim fellowship, recommends three books for the summer holiday.

1. The Peripatetic Coffin, by Ethan Rutherford

This is a strong short story collection with a lot of variety and humane characters, says Klam. The collection, Rutherford's debut, has a dark, comic flair.

"I love the killer opening paragraphs, great last lines, wild settings," said Klam.
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July 4th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Egypt's security forces move against Muslim Brotherhood

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - A day after deposing the nation's first democratically elected president, Egypt's security forces on Thursday moved to arrest leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who had supported his rule and to silence their communications outlets.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told CNN the ousted president, Mohamed Morsy, was initially under house arrest at the presidential Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo and later moved to the Ministry of Defense; the military has not commented on Morsy's whereabouts.

Morsy has refused an offer by the armed forces to leave Egypt for Qatar, Turkey or Yemen, the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported Thursday. The report said that he wouldn't step down voluntarily and that his speech Wednesday - before his ouster - represented a "flagrant challenge to its authority" and a "declaration of confrontation with it."

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July 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

New direction for Egypt after military coup

Just as Americans celebrate July 4th here in the states, someday, Egyptians might celebrate July 3rd, that is, if this new revolution takes hold this time around, and it all works out for the best.

A little more than 24 hours after Egypt's military removed President Mohamed Morsy from power, Tahrir Square was still filled with a mostly cheering crowd.

Morsy is reportedly under arrest. And he's still refusing to step down voluntarily - not that he ever had a choice.

He's also rejecting an offer from the military to leave Egypt for Qatar, Turkey, or Yemen, according to Egypt's state-run newspaper.
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