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6:55 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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Guardian:
Mubarak defiant in face of Egyptian protests  —  • 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
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 …
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
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 …
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world
New York Times:
Mubarak Orders Ministers to Resign but Backs Armed Response to Egypt Protests
Telegraph:
Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
Tobin Harshaw / Opinionator:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mubarak?
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Who's doing Mubarak's bidding in Washington?
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Egypt's High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Ties
Discussion: Associated Press and The Nation
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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Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call …
Discussion: Right Turn, Mondoweiss and AmSpecBlog
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tea party’ gathering a tepid draw among senators
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mother Jones
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.) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and TPMDC
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Rick Maze / Air Force Times HOME:
Bachmann plan would cut veterans benefits
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
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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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 …
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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
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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Downgrading America  —  Karl Smith on the possibility that ratings agencies will downgrade U.S. debt from its current AAA rating: … I can't speak for Obama, but I have a feeling that the significance would be: zero.  Granted, there's symbolic importance to something like this …
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Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Wire:
World Grows Jittery About American Debt
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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.
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.
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.
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Who Are We in This ‘Sputnik Moment’?  —  One of the difficulties progressives face is trying to make centralized planning sound like a good idea.  Even the president, with all his rhetorical genius and majestic vagueness, can struggle with the task.  So from time to time …
Discussion: alicublog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
House Dems call for gun hearings  —  House Democrats are calling for hearings on gun safety in the wake of the Jan. 8 massacre in Arizona, with the focus on high-capacity ammunition clips and preventing those with a history of mental illness or drug abuse from buying guns.
Discussion: The Note, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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.
 
 
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