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Egypt gets 1st Islamist president


The leader calls for unity after winning 51.7% of the vote. Activists demand the army cede power.
By Jeffrey Fleishman CAIRO The historic election of Egypts first Islamist president collided immediately with the political reality that the ruling military council has amassed legislative and executive powers in a strategy to block the Muslim Brotherhood from controlling the Arab worlds most populous nation. Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi defeated Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister to serve deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, the national elections commission announced Sunday. The race polarized the country and foreshadowed the political maneuverings certain to shape Egypts incendiary transition to democracy after decades of autocratic rule. Morsis ascendancy was tempered by the armys recent move to reduce the president to a figurehead by limiting his authority over the national budget, military leadership and power to declare war. A court ruling this month that dissolved the Islamist-led parliament allowed the military to seize lawmaking privileges even as it angles to further cement its grip by guiding the drafting of a new constitution. But when the results of the June 16-17 runoff were announced, cheers and fireworks erupted among thousands of Morsi supporters camped in Cairos Tahrir Square. It was a rare moment of celebration, but it didnt linger, as activists vowed they would continue their sit-in until the army relinquished power. The landmark victory Morsi won 51.7% of the vote was the culmination of an 84-year effort by the Brotherhood, which maintains a network of religious and social programs, to build a potent political front. That ambition is at the heart of the conflict between political Islam and a secular old guard that is certain to influence governments emerging from rebellions that have shaken the Middle East and North Africa since early 201 1. Morsis victory symbolizes a change nearly as strong as the upheaval that swept Egypt in the 1950s, when a military coup ended colonial rule and heralded a nationalism championed by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. But Morsi, known as the spare tire because he was the Brotherhoods second choice for a candidate, lacks the charisma of Nasser and has relied on the organizational skills of the Brotherhoods Freedom and Justice Party to advance his aims. I am the president of all Egyptians, Morsi said in his first national address as he sought to swiftly rally a [See Egypt, A4]

Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times

MASS APPEAL
Reclusive artist Michael Heizer, in wide-brimmed hat, attends the unveiling of his sculpture Levitated Mass at the L.A. County Museum of Art. The event drew hundreds of fans. CALENDAR, D1

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He wants stars in their eyes


Hollywood tour bus driver Don Baisa, a lover of Tinseltown, knows what fans pine for: celebrity sightings.
By Danielle H. Paquette

Court healthcare ruling could let both sides win


By David G. Savage WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is set this week to decide the politically charged constitutional clashes between President Obama and Republicans over his healthcare law and his immigration enforcement policy. By most accounts, the justices must make a stark, clear choice either to endorse Obamas policies including the mandate for all to have health insurance or to strike them down as flatly unconstitutional. But the justices could rule in unexpected ways that would allow both sides to claim a victory. Since the spring, when Obamas lawyers were hit with hostile questions at oral arguments, the administration has faced the prospect of a resounding double defeat. It appeared the courts more conservative justices could strike down the entire healthcare law and rule that Arizona and other states were free to arrest and jail illegal immigrants. Many people are predicting just that. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has said he hopes to avoid momentous rulings that turn on a 5-4 vote, and both cases offer the justices options that have been overlooked. The healthcare case has been fiercely debated as a test of whether Congress can require individuals to buy health insurance under its power to regulate commerce. Opponents have likened it to forcing Americans to buy healthy food, such as vegetables. Lurking in the background is a way to decide the case on tax law grounds. No one can be prosecuted, punished or fined for violating the mandate. In fact, the word mandate does not appear in the law. In practical operation, the administration argued, its just a tax law. [See High court, A12]

ehind the wheel of his tour bus, Don Baisa prays. Please. Give me George Clooney today, he thinks as tourists scramble aboard the 12-seat, opentop van marked City Tours! Or Charlize Theron. Or Jennifer Aniston. Will Ferrell. Hed take Will Ferrell. Baisa, a 61-year-old veteran of the tour bus scene with a neatly groomed, salt-and-pepper mustache, knows what his passengers want during their two-hour journey through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Spotting stars means big tips. One day, after Ryan Seacrest stopped to chat with Baisas busload of Girl Scouts, an adult chaperon dropped a $100 bill in his Dodgers cap. On this afternoon, as his tour winds through Trousdale Estates, Baisa gets lucky. Look, everyone! he says, pausing outside Courteney Coxs sprawling home. Its David Arquette. Hi, David! Arquette, unsmiling, waves. He pulls a white Avanti convertible into a gated driveway. Oh my God! one Australian tourist gushes. Hi, David! Hi, David! Yes, this is Hollywood, folks, Baisa says amid the heightened chatter and iPhone camera flashes. Where the stars live, work and play. For the last five years, Baisa has guided his bus through these exclusive neighborhoods, giving tourists a glimpse of the dream. Its a demanding life, he says, an adrenaline rush, a frenzy of pickup, drop-off and bus changes. The days are never slow, and the competition is fierce. No tourist wants to pay $45 for what ends up being little more than a pretty drive, he says. But celebrities are rare sights. He sees maybe five per month, working full time. So on slow days, he embellishes. Hell scan the palm-lined [See Baisa, A9]

Congress zooms in on drone killings


A staff team reviews classified videos in an effort to hold the CIA more accountable.
By Ken Dilanian drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Sometimes they see Hellfire missiles hit buildings after suspected terrorists have entered. Other times they can make out a group or a vehicle consumed in a fiery blast. Occasionally, a smaller explosion kills just one person, as officials say happened when a missile this month crashed into a room in Pakistans tribal areas and killed Abu Yahya al Libi, Al Qaedas No. 2. The videos are much sharper than the grainy drone imagery that can be viewed on the Web. You can [See Drones, A10]

WASHINGTON Once a month, a group of staff members from the House and Senate intelligence committees drives across the Potomac River to CIA headquarters in Virginia, assembles in a secure room and begins the grim task of watching videos of the latest

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T H A N K F U L I N CA I RO
Some of the tens of thousands of Egyptians celebrating Mohamed Morsis victory put their hands up in prayer in Tahrir Square. WORLD, A4

Locked and loaded for the Olympics


Britain will deploy troops, fighter jets and perhaps missiles in a massive London security operation.
By Henry Chu LONDON To maintain security in the worlds latest hot spot, Britain is deploying spy planes, helicopters with snipers and the biggest warship in the Royal Navys fleet. Up to 13,500 ground troops will be backed by more than 20,000 private guards. State-of-the-art radar systems and a carpet of security cameras will provide 24-hour surveillance. Luckily, the theater of operation is up close and personal. Let the London Games begin. The massive military mobilization, which critics contend is overkill, is a key component of the extraordinary security precautions the British government is taking to keep the 2012 Summer Olympics safe. But dont go calling Lon-

Turkey denies Syrias account


A Turkish jet was out of Syrian airspace when it was hit, Turkey says. WORLD, A3

White House coverup not seen


Rep. Issa accuses only Justice officials of lying about Fast and Furious. NATION, A6

Welfare debate in Sacramento


With the state facing a deficit, Gov. Brown and Democrats spar over cuts. LATEXTRA

Long-vacant site downtown sold


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A SAILOR mans a gun on the Ocean, the navys largest vessel, on the River

A 700-unit, steel-andglass apartment tower is planned for 8th and Grand. BUSINESS, A8
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Thames in a pre-Olympic exercise. Critics call the massive security effort overkill.
don, a city thats no stranger to deadly terrorist attacks, Kabul-on-Thames. That would be an understatement. After all, not even in the Afghan capital are British authorities considering plans to deploy surface-toair missiles, some on the rooftops of apartment buildings. And more British troops will be assigned to protect the Olympics than are stationed in all of Afghanistan. Officials boast that theyre bringing the full weight of Britains security savvy to bear on the global sporting extravaganza, which kicks off July 27. Besides the armed forces, Scotland Yards finest will be on the case, as will the countrys domestic and foreign intelligence agencies. This is the biggest sporting event in the world, and with that comes the huge responsibility to deliver it safely and securely. It will require a big operation from the U.K. police, supported by the military, said James Brokenshire, the British govern[See London, A5]

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