While America focused attention this weekend to the announcement of Paul Ryan as the Republican candidate for vice president, a major shakeup occurred in Egypt. The Egyptian government under President Mohammed Morsi pushed out a number of top military leaders, nullified a constitutional declaration issued by the military that had gutted the president's office, and put in place broad legislative and executive changes empowering Morsi. The moves received mixed reactions from Egyptians, including one newspaper which criticized Morsi. The newspaper, al-Dustor, was quickly censored and copies confiscated for "fueling sedition" and "harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law."
The consolidation of power by the president, formerly a member of the Muslim Brotherhood party, has been watched by the Israelis with "great concern," making the relationship between the two nations tense.
Eric Trager of the Washington Institute joined "Real News" Monday to report on the latest developments in Egypt and what they mean for the hopes of domestic and foreign policy stability in the nation, that is less than one year into their first democratically elected government: