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Egypt challenges Obama’s Arab Spring philosophy

WASHINGTON — As Arab Spring democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, President Obama’s response to the political unrest has been to voice support for people seeking representative governments but to limit the role the United States will play to shape those efforts.

The president’s philosophy of limited engagement is facing perhaps its toughest test in Egypt, where the nation’s first democratically elected president was ousted by military forces with deep, decades-long ties to the United States.

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