Tue, Jul 2, 2013 1:04 PM EDT 1:27
With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, hundreds of thousands of protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president sought to push the embattled leader further toward the edge with another massive show of resolve and unity. In a significant move, opposition parties and the youth movement behind the demonstrations agreed that reform leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei would represent them in any negotiations on the country's political future. Barack Obama urged Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to listen to "the voices of all Egyptians" amid widespread protests calling for the Islamist's ouster. Morsi rejected the army?s call in a statement by saying his administration would continue on its "previously plotted path" toward reconciliation. Violence during the protests at the weekend saw 16 people killed and hundreds injured. Pivotal developments on two cultural issues ? immigration reform and gay marriage ? offer an early preview of potential fault lines among Republicans weighing White House bids in 2016. When the Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform measure, Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky voted in opposite directions, amid divisions in the party over how to curb the fast-growing flow of Latino voters to Democrats.