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3:50 AM ET, January 29, 2011

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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
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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, Salon and zunguzungu
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.
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” …
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 …
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, FrumForum and Salon
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
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Discussion: Salon and Newshoggers.com
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Tightening the screws on Mubarak
CNN:
Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Dennis Kucinich Settles Olive Pit Case  —  Not sure if this qualifies as a Friday news dump, but we now know more than I, for one, ever expected to about what went on in Dennis Kucinich's mouth.  In announcing today he was settling the lawsuit he launched against the operators …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kucinich settles lawsuit against cafeteria
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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ABCNEWS:
Egyptian Police Using U.S.-Made Tear Gas Against Demonstrators  —  Photographs From Cairo Document Canisters Labeled ‘Made in U.S.A.’  —  Egyptian riot police are firing tear gas canisters bearing the label “Made in U.S.A” against street demonstrations in Cairo, according to protesters …
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
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: Streetsblog Capitol Hill and Grist
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
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.
The Huffington Post:
Ayn Rand and the VIP-DIPers  —  What's Your Reaction: … Despite persistent rumors, Rand Paul was not named in honor of influential conservative thinker, Ayn Rand.  His name is Randall.  —  It's good he was not named for Ayn Rand because her real name was Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum which she changed honoring her Rand typewriter.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Boing Boing
William Yong / New York Times:
Iran Sees Rise of Islamic Hard-Liners  —  TEHRAN — Hopeful that the protests sweeping Arab lands may create an opening for hard-line Islamic forces, conservatives in Iran are taking deep satisfaction in the events in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, where secular leaders have faced large-scale uprisings.
Discussion: Hot Air, Atlas Shrugs and Doug Ross
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
 
 
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