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Daybreak: Brotherhood Candidate Looks Strong

Plus troubling find at Iranian facility, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
May 25, 2012
Muhammed Mursi campaign posters at a polling station yesterday.(STR/AFP/GettyImages)
Muhammed Mursi campaign posters at a polling station yesterday.(STR/AFP/GettyImages)

• After the first round of presidential elections, it appeared that the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi, would indeed be one of two to make it to the second round. More later. [WP]

• International inspectors found traces of 27 percent enriched uranium near the heavily bunkered Fordo plant. As a reminder, Israel doesn’t want 20 percent, because that can quickly be made to 90 percent, which is bomb-grade. Not good, at all. [AP/Times of Israel]

• An undersecretary of state travels to Israel today to brief them on the Baghdad nuclear talks. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Pedro Hernandez confessed to murdering Etan Patz in 1979. He is in custody. [NYT]

• Iran is trying to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Lebanon as a hedge against the fall of its ally in Syria, but many not affiliated with Shiite Hezbollah in the wildly sectarian country are wary of the regional power’s influence. [NYT]

• Jenin, in the West Bank, recently seen as a highlight of successful Palestinian autonomy, is thanks to recent events at risk of becoming seen as a lowlight of official Palestinian corruption. [WP]

• A first-person story of a female rabbinical student who went to daven at the Western Wall in a tallis … and was halted by security. [Jewcy]

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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