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7:55 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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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 …
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
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:
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
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 …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 1  —  Tracking the ongoing demonstrations and government response in Egypt  —  Egypt's fourth day of nationwide protests has ended in uncertainty.  Police have withdrawn from much of Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria, the largest centers of protest, and the Egyptian military has moved in.
Guardian:
Egyptian government on last legs, says Mohamed ElBaradei
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world
Heather Hurlburt / The New Republic:
Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Tightening the screws on Mubarak
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Who's doing Mubarak's bidding in Washington?
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Tobin Harshaw / Opinionator:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mubarak?
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Egypt's High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Ties
Discussion: 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 …
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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Jeff Labrecque / Inside TV:
TNT apologizes for Tracy Morgan's crude Sarah Palin remark
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com and Wonkette
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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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U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call …
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