The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, July 5, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Will Cantine and J.P. Lawrence

EGYPT ABC News' Anthony Castellano: " President Morsi Ousted: Egypt's Future Uncertain As Fear Of Civil War Grows" The supreme justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in as interim president earlier today after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power by the military. Egypt's chief justice, Adly Mansour, assumed power in a ceremony broadcast live on state television less than 24 hours after the military placed Morsi under house arrest. Morsi denounced the military's decision and called the action a "full coup." LINK

Politico's Josh Gerstein: " Obama Holds Meeting On Egypt" President Barack Obama held a holiday meeting with members of his national security team Thursday to discuss the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a White House spokeswoman said. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were among those joining the meeting in the White House Situation Room, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said, adding that some officials took part by secure video conference. LINK

The Boston Globe's Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael: " Egypt's Army Moves Against Islamists" A senior judge was sworn in as Egypt's interim president Thursday to replace ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as the military launched a major crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. Reeling from what it called a military coup against democracy, the group said it would not work with the new political system. The sweep against the Brotherhood leadership included the group's top leader, a figure venerated among its followers, General Guide Mohammed Badie. He was arrested late Wednesday from a villa where he had been staying at a Mediterranean coastal city and flown by helicopter to Cairo, security officials said. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jeffrey Fleishman and Manar Mohsen: " Egypt Military Cracks Down On Muslim Brotherhood" Prosecutors arrested officials of the Muslim Brotherhood in a nationwide crackdown to weaken the world's most influential Islamist organization, as new national leaders installed by the military began preparing for elections aimed at leading Egypt out of two years of turmoil. The roundup, coming a day after the military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi and the Brotherhood movement, indicated the army and judicial forces were determined to demoralize the Islamist organization that had led the nation's first democratically elected government. LINK

EDWARD SNOWDEN The New York Times' Christopher Drew and Scott Shane: " Resume Shows Snowden Honed Hacking Skills" In 2010, while working for a National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden learned to be a hacker. He took a course that trains security professionals to think like hackers and understand their techniques, all with the intent of turning out "certified ethical hackers" who can better defend their employers' networks. LINK

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE The Washington Post's Curtis Tate: " Lawmakers Remain Divided On Same-Sex Marriage" Although the U.S. Supreme Court struck a mortal blow to the Defense of Marriage Act last week, same-sex marriage is far from settled at the federal level, with lawmakers in Congress responding in different ways. LINK

CONGRESS The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell: " Student Loans Caught In Capitol Crossfire" Congressional efforts to revamp how borrowing costs are set for millions of college students are being thwarted by the broader partisan fight over taxes and deficit reduction. The White House said it hopes Congress will reach a deal later this month to reverse a July 1 increase in the interest rate on some new federal student loans. The rise to 6.8% from 3.4% will affect an estimated seven million students who take out certain federal student loans for the coming school year, representing about a third of all undergraduates. LINK

NYC MAYORAL CAMPAIGN The New York Daily News' Nathan Place and Jennifer Fermino: " Anthony Weiner Talks About Mixed-Faith Marriage To Huma Abedin At Campaign Event" Anthony Weiner - in a rare reference to his wife's Muslim religion - opened up about his mixed-faith marriage while campaigning at a mosque on Thursday. Speaking at a Muslims for Peace event in Queens, Weiner - the only Jewish candidate in the mayoral race - lamented that other cities aren't as tolerant as New York. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " George W. Bush On Egypt: 'What You're Seeing Is An Evolution'" LINK

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