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Chas Freeman has insight on many of the items we cover today, and we find him remarkably candid and critical for a veteran insider.
--Freeman doesn't dance around the obvious: that was a coup in Egypt, where 9 Morsi supporters have been killed in the past day
--al Qaeda claims credit for the massive jailbreaks in Iraq
--Yemeni reporter who was re-jailed at Obama's request is released
--Joint Chiefs' Dempsey wants to keep US troops in Afghanistan after 2014
--secret House committee OK's ObamaCo plan to ship arms to Syrian rebels
--Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL, passes 5 amendments to Pentagon money bill, one bans torture
--House committee approves GOP bill to ban NSA phone record collection
--Democratic bad boys seek forgiveness, rehabilitation: Anthony Weiner admits sex tweets after he had resigned from Congress, Elliot Spitzer releases confessional TV spot that blames Wall St., San Diego Mayor Filner is serial groper.
--Lance Armstrong tries to rebuild his image, gets boos in Iowa bike race
--Obama's nominee for #2 post at DHS is being investigated for benefitting Hillary's brother Anthony Rodham in green-card-for-rich-aliens scam