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Coup, What Coup? Obama Denies Military Coup in Egypt

The Obama administration is set to tell lawmakers that the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was no military coup, according to the Associated Press. This determination would allow the U.S. to keep open a $1.5 billion-a-year aid spigot to Egypt. U.S. law currently prohibits giving direct aid to countries where democratically elected leaders are overthrown by the military.

Some legislators, like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have spoken out on giving aid to Egypt, saying the law is crystal clear. But others say the White House is responsible for the final word and urge continuing to provide financial aid.

White House officials pointed to the growing anti-Morsi protests that preceded the overthrow and said that Morsi's Islamist-led government, despite being democratically elected, was putting Egypt on an undemocratic path.

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