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3:45 PM ET, January 28, 2011

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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet  —  Thanks to all for great comments and questions.  Please see below for latest updates on the ongoing Egyptian Internet blackout. —jim  —  Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears …
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Guardian:
Egyptian government on last legs, says Mohamed ElBaradei  —  Exclusive: Mohamed ElBaradei says he is sending a message ‘to the Guardian and to the world’  —  The Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei warned President Hosni Mubarak today that his regime is on its last legs …
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Who's doing Mubarak's bidding in Washington?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
New York Times:
Egypt Calls In Army as Protesters Rage
News: News blog:
Protests in Egypt - live updates
New York Times:
Cables Show Delicate U.S. Dealings With Egypt's Leaders
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Egypt's High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Ties
Discussion: The Nation and Ben Smith's Blog
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama Monitors Situation in Egypt
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, after a rather pointless vote to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans announced their second major initiative: the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”  —  It was additional evidence that the new House GOP majority …
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.
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tea party’ gathering a tepid draw among senators
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mother Jones
New York Times:
Seizing a Moment, Al Jazeera Galvanizes Arab Frustration  —  The protests rocking the Arab world this week have one thread uniting them: Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite channel whose aggressive coverage has helped propel insurgent emotions from one capital to the next.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Egypt in flames: Ruling party's headquarters burning in Cairo …
Elizabethe Holland / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Furor at Washington U. nixes Bristol Palin appearance  —  Anger over a decision to pay Bristol Palin several thousand dollars in student fees to talk to Washington University students about abstinence led to a decision Thursday night to nix Palin's appearance on a panel here next month.
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Student Life:
Bristol Palin will not speak at Washington University; SHAC says decision mutual
Discussion: Daily RFT
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, TPMDC and Mediaite
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Peter Schweizer / Big Peace:
Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History
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.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Bush takes swing at former press secretary  —  Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush is landing a stinging jab at his former longtime aide and press secretary, Scott McClellan, saying the man who served as the public face of his administration for three years was irrelevant.
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Indecision Forever and TPMDC
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Obama vigorously defends Dems' healthcare reform: ‘Granny is safe’  —  In his most vigorous defense of the healthcare law since Republicans took control of the House, Obama fired back Friday at GOP claims that the law deprives essential care for seniors and balloons the deficit.
Rick Maze / Air Force Times HOME:
Bachmann plan would cut veterans benefits  —  Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits.
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 …
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.”
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.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and FrumForum
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Deepwater rigs moved out of the Gulf of Mexico  —  Some of the 30-plus deepwater rigs that were in the Gulf of Mexico have moved to other markets, first because of a U.S. halt called last May after BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote) well blowout, and then because of the lack of permits once the moratorium was lifted.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Cold truths about electric cars' cold-weather shortcomings  —  Count me among the many thousands of Washington area residents who spent Wednesday night stuck in traffic as a snowstorm sowed chaos all around us.  Being car-bound in sub-freezing weather for six hours can make a guy think.
Discussion: Right Turn and Betsy's Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Their Own Private Europe  —  President Obama's State of the Union address was a ho-hum affair.  But the official Republican response, from Representative Paul Ryan, was really interesting.  And I don't mean that in a good way.  —  Mr. Ryan made highly dubious assertions about employment, health care and more.
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Top Dem: We will ‘hang’ Republicans  —  Amidst a national dialogue about softening political rhetoric, members of an Obama-affiliated organization are threatening to hang Granite State Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, according to a news story in the Citizen of Laconia.
Michael Stott / Reuters:
Rich corporations “must share wealth” to avoid unrest  —  (Reuters) - Poverty and unemployment reared their heads at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, with speakers urging the elite audience to bridge a growing gap between booming multinationals and the jobless poor.
msnbc.com:
Egyptian military deploys in Cairo under curfew  —  Ruling party HQ ablaze; protesters climb on tanks in Suez; Nobel Prize winner under house arrest  —  Below:  —  on msnbc.com -
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Sputnik Moment  —  On Tuesday President Obama said we were entering “our generation's Sputnik moment”: … This is only half right.  It's true that after the launch of Sputnik science and math education became an American obsession, but that's not what got us to the moon.
Discussion: Yglesias and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Judy Lin / Associated Press:
Asian-American lawmakers demand Limbaugh apology
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Unions make up 40 percent of employees exempted from Obamacare
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Some healthcare waiver requests denied even as HHS approves 500 others
Discussion: protein wisdom
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP WEIGHS MEDICARE PRIVATIZATION.... To help finance …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Johanns bill to repeal healthcare law's 1099 provision reaches 60 co-sponsors
Discussion: Right Turn
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Filibuster reform dead