Politics here and abroad

In American politics, Matt Katz at the Philadelphia Inquirer provides a riveting report on Governor Chris Christie's broken promise of open government. An incredible listicle of 18 secrets, in fact. Trying to fit it all in one tweet, WNYC's Ilya Marritz urges, "if u listen to 1 radio story today, make it @mattkatz00's jawdropper on@GovChristie's efforts 2 keep records secret."

And abroad, former British prime minister Tony Blair has announced he backs Egypt's military ruler Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. No satire, here. Theunis Bates with The Week Magazine stonily observed, "Champion of Middle East democracy Tony Blair throws his support behind yet another bloody authoritarian regime." At the Daily Mail, Ian Birrell seemed similarly dismayed: "Disgusting: 100s killed, 1000s arrested, free speech clampdown - & Blair still backs 'democratic' army coup in Egypt."

And in Denmark, astonishing news that its centre-left government is close to collapse over fury at Goldman Sachs' investment in a state-owned utility. "Wow. It's not just . Danish politics really can be interesting," Financial Times' Shawn Donnan reflected.

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