Egypt's Morsi flees presidential palace amid massive protests

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“It's very important now that the Egyptian people feel that the process to ratify and approve this constitution is credible,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday.

Morsi's ability to ensure a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza had ingratiated him to the White House. Some lawmakers, however, are worried about his Islamist rhetoric and policies, including references to Shariah law in the draft Constitution, and have urged the administration to reconsider the $1.5 billion in mostly military aid Cairo receives every year.