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9:20 PM ET, January 28, 2011

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Al Jazeera Blogs:
Liveblog - Egypt's protests erupt  —  on January 28th, 2011. … Follow staff tweets on the protests from Egypt and Doha.  —  Watch Al Jazeera English broadcasting live from Cairo, Suez and Alexandria.  —  View a gallery of photos from the past four days of protests.
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Telegraph:
Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising  —  The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.  —  Protesters and army on the streets of Cairo
Heather Hurlburt / The New Republic:
Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots  —  It takes some hubris to write about events unfolding as fast as the protests in Egypt, especially when it's clear that nobody saw this coming.  Mubarak is preparing to address the nation, and it's unclear what will follow.
Discussion: Rortybomb and The Daily Dish
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Would an American President Tout Mubarak's Regime?  —  Two weekends ago, I was at a wedding, and another guest mentioned that he was being “good,” and honoring his wife's request that he not check his Blackberry or Twitter feed.  Knowing that the Ravens-Steelers NFL Playoff game was underway …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Political Punch:
Axelrod: President Obama Has “On Several Occasions Directly Confronted” Mubarak on Human Rights for the Past 2 Years “To Get Ahead of This”  —  In a network exclusive interview to air on Nightline tonight, we sat down this afternoon with White House senior adviser David Axelrod …
New York Times:
Mubarak Orders Ministers to Resign but Backs Armed Response to Egypt Protests  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt appeared on television late Friday night and ordered his government to resign, but backed his security forces' attempts to contain the surging unrest around the country …
News: News blog:
Protests in Egypt - as they happened  —  • President Mubarak will form new government on Saturday  —  • Officials say US is reviewing $1.5bn aid to Egypt  —  • Mohamed ElBaradei has been detained  —  • Teargas and rubber bullets used in crackdown
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world  —  For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature.  While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their “freedom deficit” …
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Discussion: Salon and Newshoggers.com
Guardian:
Egyptian government on last legs, says Mohamed ElBaradei
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Tightening the screws on Mubarak
Tobin Harshaw / Opinionator:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mubarak?
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Egypt's High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Ties
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape  —  Drugged, raped, and pregnant?  Too bad.  Republicans are pushing to limit rape and incest cases eligible for government abortion funding.  —  Post Comment  —  Rape is only really rape if it involves force.  So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ODIOUS GOP PLAN TO REDEFINE RAPE.... Last week …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
On Sputnik vs. Spudnut  —  Please read this article by the Hoover Institution's Research Fellow Peter Schweizer.  Schweizer, who has written extensively on the subject of the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, offers a Washington Post writer an important refresher on the real history of Sputnik …
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Peter Schweizer / Big Peace:
Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History
VFW:
VFW WILL DEFEAT BACHMANN PLAN  —  “NO WAY, NO HOW, WILL WE LET THIS PROPOSAL GET ANY TRACTION IN CONGRESS.”  —  America's oldest and largest major combat veterans' organization announced it will do everything within its power to defeat a plan introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) …
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Rick Maze / Air Force Times HOME:
Bachmann plan would cut veterans benefits
USA Today:
TNT apologizes for Tracy Morgan's lewd comments on Palin  —  UPDATE: TNT sponsor AutoTrader.com is complaining to the network about being stuck in the middle, literally, of Tracy Morgan's lewd remarks about Sarah Palin on last night's edition of Inside the NBA.
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Ezra Klein:
Too young not to work, too old to get a job  —  Pew's new report on long-term unemployment is sobering stuff: … The interplay between age and unemployment really worries me.  On some level, we have a rosy view of “structural unemployment”: It's a guy in Reno, Nev., who has skills better suited …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kucinich settles lawsuit against cafeteria  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Friday that he'd settled his lawsuit against the congressional cafeteria for dental damage he sustained after biting into an olive pit.  —  Kucinich wrote on his website that he'd settled his suit …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Dennis Kucinich Settles Olive Pit Case
Discussion: FrumForum
Associated Press:
Fla. rep failed to explain thousands in expenses  —  MIAMI (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. David Rivera, who is facing a state criminal investigation of his finances, paid himself more than $60,000 in unexplained campaign reimbursements over the eight years he served in the state legislature …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons (UPDATED)  —  Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing.  Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license.
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Suleiman al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Jordanian protesters demand political reforms  —  (Reuters) - Islamists, leftists and trade unionists gathered in central Amman Friday for the latest protest to demand political change and wider freedoms.  —  A crowd of at least 3,000 chanted: “We want change.”
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Aljazeera:
Thousands protest in Jordan
The Atlantic:
The most subversive protest of all: An Egyptian protestor kisses a riot police officer.  — necrophiliaisnottheanswer reblogged this from waste-ofpaint and added:
Discussion: Mediaite and Feministing
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Biden thinks The Onion's spoofs of him are ‘hilarious’  —  A mock photo of Vice President Joe Biden washing a Trans-Am shirtless.  Strange?  Distasteful?  Crossing the line?  —  Not so, Biden says.  —  “I think it's hilarious,” Biden told Yahoo! in a wide-ranging interview Thursday.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A big warning sign for Mitt Romney  —  An array of Republican heavyweights who backed Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential bid are not yet committed to - and in some cases, downright skeptical of - the former Massachusetts governor's all-but-certain 2012 campaign.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter: The Federal Government Can't Legislate Bike Paths Because They're Unconstitutional  —  As ThinkProgress has previously noted, there is a radical strain of conservativism, dubbed “tentherism,” that invokes the Tenth Amendment to claim that a whole host …
Discussion: Grist and Streetsblog Capitol Hill
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
One U.S. Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown  —  The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed.  Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications — a troubling predictor of the fierce crackdown that has followed.
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
George W. Bush in Egypt  —  Today, as Egypt explodes, I can't help thinking of George W. Bush.  I think in particular of an appearance he made in Sharm El Sheikh, in May 2008.  I wrote about that appearance here.  Before a conference of Middle Eastern elites, and their Western associates …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Salon and FrumForum
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Republicans terrified of tea  —  When Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was named to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year, one of her Republican colleagues responded this way: “Is that a punchline?”  Another simply said, “Jumbo shrimp.  Oxymoron.”  —  Neither dared to attach his name to his comment.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Brock's big-money outside group gains steam  —  It looks like David Brock is getting more serious about building a powerful apparatus on the left to go head-to-head with the flood of outside money conservative groups are planning to pump into the 2012 elections.
 
 
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