Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:
-In Egypt, gripes about U.S. government are a common theme--After a year of outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood following the election of its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, as president, the United States is widely perceived here as siding with Islamists it once eyed with distrust, report William Booth and Michael Birnbaum.
-Iraq’s Shiite prime minister seeks alliances with Sunnis--As Iran exerts its considerable influence in Syria and around the region, it is meeting resistance from an unlikely source: Iraq’s polarized and faltering democracy. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who once sought refuge in Iran as an exile, has officially maintained his neutrality while his eastern neighbor have thrown its full support behind the Syrian regime. Out of political necessity, he has also recently made significant efforts to build alliances with moderate Iraqi Sunni groups, offering a hint of cross-sectarian cooperation in a region increasingly defined by religious schism, reports Ben Van Heuvelen.
-A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. And nobody to use it.--The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning, reports Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
-Global economic growth to be slower than expected, IMF says--Global economic growth will be slower than anticipated this year and next because of weaker consumer demand in emerging markets and a deeper-than-expected recession in the euro zone, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund, reports Katerina Sokou.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-House GOP to look at immigration against backdrop of deep divisions--House Republicans will meet Wednesday to hash out their differences on immigration legislation, and there is a lot of hashing out to be done. The session is expected to last hours, and, if recent history is any guide, a lot of it is likely to be contentious and unpleasant. It is against this backdrop that House GOP leaders try to begin mapping a way forward for a difficult immigration overhaul effort, hoping that this time they can corral enough support from each of the various GOP factions at the end of what promises to be a long and complex process, report Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake.
-Obama’s economic case for an immigration overhaul in 3 charts by Zachary Gool
-Pro-Hillary super PAC signs up top Obama aides--Ready for Hillary, the super PAC aimed at getting Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, has hired a consulting firm run by top aides to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. The super PAC will announce Wednesday that it has signed up 270 Strategies, the new consulting firm run by Obama’s battleground states director, Mitch Stewart, and his national field director, Jeremy Bird, reports Aaron Blake.
-McDonnell’s corporation, wife allegedly benefited from $120,000 more from donor--A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments, reports Rosalind Helderman.http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/mcdonnells-corporation-wife-benefited-from-120000-more-from-donor-sources-say/2013/07/09/79b29880-e5b4-11e2-aef3-339619eab080_story.html