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Bread and butter, meat and potatoes, a roof over one’s head.

Those basic economic issues are as much to blame forEgypt’s current crisis as discontent with deposed president Mohammed Morsi’s autocratic style and with the growing power of his religious supporters.

On Thursday, Egypt’s army-led authorities ordered the arrests of senior Muslim Brotherhood officials including “supreme guide” Mohammed Badie, reportedly on charges of incitement to kill protesters outside the group’s Cairo office.

Photos: Egypt: One day after the coup

Morsi himself appears to be under house arrest, even as U.S. President Barack Obama warned against any “arbitrary arrests” of the ousted president or his supporters. At...

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