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3:05 PM ET, January 30, 2011

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Aljazeera:
Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.  —  The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.
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Issandr El Amrani / Arabist.net:
Manipulation  —  Something very fishy is taking place — the Egyptian people are being manipulated and terrified by the withdrawal of the police yesterday, reports (some of them perhaps untrue) of widespread looting, and yesterday's (during the day) relatively low military presence in the city.
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Who Is Omar Suleiman?  —  One of the “new” names being mentioned as a possible alternative to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is actually not so new to anyone who has followed the American policy of renditions for terror suspects.  After dissolving his cabinet yesterday …
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Egypt: Death throes of a dictatorship  —  Our writer joins protesters atop a Cairo tank as the army shows signs of backing the people against Mubarak's regime  —  The Egyptian tanks, the delirious protesters sitting atop them, the flags, the 40,000 protesters weeping and crying …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Working Group on Egypt Calls for Suspension of U.S. Aid  —  The prestigious and, since its formation less than a year ago, consistently ahead-of-the-curve Working Group on Egypt, co-chaired by Michele Dunne of Carnegie and Robert Kagan of Brookings, has just issued a new statement late Saturday.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Egyptian opposition figure criticizes Obama response: ‘Let go of a dictator’
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Choice Likely to Please the Military, Not the Crowds
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare
Martin Indyk / msnbc.com:
MTP Exclusive: Time has come for Mubarak to go, says Indyk
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak
Discussion: Haaretz and Outside the Beltway
theblogprof:
Comedy Gold!  Chris Matthews, who derides Palin as stupid, says Panama Canal is in... EGYPT!  —  Chris Matthews is in de Nile.  He has been deriding Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as being a couple of bubble-headed idiots.  A flashback not from years but from mere days ago:
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John / Power Line:
Chris Matthews's Obsession  —  Sometimes you get the feeling that liberal pundits are all going around the bend together, in a grand carnival of craziness.  Take Chris Matthews, who began his report on the riots in Egypt with this rant:  —  Here is the transcript, for those who just can't stand to watch Matthews:
Discussion: Right Pundits
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Palin and Bachmann Nitpicker Chris Matthews Says Panama Canal Is In Egypt  —  As NewsBusters has been reporting almost ad nauseam, Chris Matthews spent much of last week mercilessly lambasting Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann with cherry-picked and distorted quotes far afield of their intended meaning.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War
Christine Brim / Big Peace:
Muslim Brotherhood Deception: They Say Different Things in English and Arabic  —  Over the next few days, here are 2 websites to compare - the Muslim Brotherhood's English language and Arabic websites.  First, the Muslim Brotherhood website in English - complete with the word “freedom” …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and The Gateway Pundit
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STRATFOR:
Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood  —  The following is a report from a STRATFOR source in Hamas.  Hamas, which formed in Gaza as an outgrowth of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has an interest in exaggerating its role and coordination with the MB in this crisis.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
A Chicken Chain's Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates  —  ATLANTA — The Chick-fil-A sandwich — a hand-breaded chicken breast and a couple of pickles squished into a steamy, white buttered bun — is a staple of some Southern diets and a must-have for people …
Discussion: Gawker and Liberty Pundits Blog
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Gets Early Start on G.O.P. Targets for 2012  —  Leaders of more than 70 Tea Party groups in Indiana gathered last weekend to sign a proclamation saying they would all support one candidate — as yet undetermined — in a primary challenge to Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican who has represented the state since 1977.
Ynetnews:
Israeli reports of ‘friendly atmosphere’ in Cairo  —  Tour guide Amos Abidov visits Egypt with 30 students, says no plan to come home early.  ‘We go to restaurants, take taxis, sit in cafes’  —  Ziv Reinstein  —  “We are in Cairo and have no plans to return to Israel sooner,” …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 
 
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Associated Press:
US Embassy tells Americans to weigh leaving Egypt
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