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9:55 AM ET, January 29, 2011


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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
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.
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” …
New York Times:
Egypt Protests Continue as Military Stands By  —  CAIRO — Egypt was engulfed in a fifth day of protests on Saturday but an attempt by President Hosni Mubarak to salvage his 30-year rule by firing his cabinet and calling out the army appeared to backfire as troops and demonstrators fraternized …
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 …
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
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Egypt's Military Is Seen as Pivotal in Next Step  —  Even as armored military vehicles deployed around important Egyptian government institutions on Friday for the first time in decades, it remained difficult to predict what role the armed forces might play in either quelling the disturbances …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Cairo falls into near-anarchy; army warns it will treat protesters as criminals  —  CAIRO - Egyptians across this capital city expressed grave disappointment that President Hosni Mubarak was still their president on Saturday but, in protests spreading across Cairo, shouted their hope that he won't be for much longer.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Whose Bright Idea Was It to Send Joe Biden Out to Talk About Egypt?’  —  Question of the day, asked by Blake Hounshell of Foreign Policy in response to the latest eruption of Bidenism. … Remember how in 2008 we were told that Biden was such a brilliant choice as running mate and that Obama …
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Liveblog - Egypt's protests erupt
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Tightening the screws on Mubarak
Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests
The Politico:
Right takes refuge in Constitution  —  The federal lawsuits against last year's health care overhaul were greeted with eye-rolling and snickers from many conventional legal scholars.  —  Nobody's laughing now.  —  A federal judge in Virginia ruled late last year that a key underpinning …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kucinich settles lawsuit against cafeteria
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: FrumForum, Salon and Atlas Shrugs
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
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 …
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: Doug Ross, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Inquiry Is Missing Bottom Line  —  There was something almost comical about the way the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its report on Thursday morning.  —  About a week ago, reporters were told they would get a sneak preview of the report the morning of its release.  The location was undisclosed.
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