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Daybreak: Enter Barak, Bearing Messages

Plus the freeze truly will end in Sept., and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
July 26, 2010
Defense heads Barak and Gates, last month.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

• Defense Minister Barak arrives in Washington, D.C., today. Main talking points: Current sanctions alone won’t stop Iran from getting the bomb; Israel will treat Hezbollah’s attacks as Lebanese attacks. [WP]

• Michael Hayden, final CIA director under George W. Bush, said he has personally come around to the view that a U.S. bombing of Iran “may not be the worst of all possible outcomes.” [WSJ]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the 10-month settlement freeze really will come to a close in September. [JPost]

• Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has agreed to meet with the European Union’s foreign policy chief. [NYT]

• Egyptian President Mubarak canceled a planned appearance at an African Union meeting Uganda. No reason was given, which means everyone assumes he’s dying (and, let’s face it, everyone probably has a point). [JPost]

• In a rare display of civic consciousness in Los Angeles, residents of Silver Lake gathered to remember the famed neighborhood “Walking Man,” Marc Abrams. [NYT]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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