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10:05 AM ET, January 28, 2011

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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet  —  Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet.  Critical European-Asian fiber-optic …
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Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...  ... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.  —  Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.
New York Times:
Cables Show Delicate U.S. Dealings With Egypt's Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — It was Hillary Rodham Clinton's first meeting as secretary of state with President Hosni Mubarak, in March 2009, and the Egyptians had an odd request: Mrs. Clinton should not thank Mr. Mubarak for releasing an opposition leader from prison because he was ill.
Guardian:
Egypt protests escalate amid violent crackdown  —  • Teargas and rubber bullets used in crackdown  —  • Internet access and mobile phone networks shut down  —  • Read a full summary of the latest developments  —  2.53pm: Protesters have named the man killed in Suez …
Tim Marshall / Sky News:
Egypt To Take ‘Decisive Action’ On Protests
Discussion: Bloomberg, Crooks and Liars and ABCNEWS
BBC:   Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom
Associated Press:
Egypt Nobel laureate ElBaradei under house arrest
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
At last, Obama addresses Egypt protests - on YouTube
Guardian:
Egyptian government on last legs, says Mohamed ElBaradei
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and The Awl
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Internet disruptions hit Egypt
Political Punch:
VP Biden Calls Egyptian President Mubarak an “Ally” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Ben Parr / Mashable!:   Internet Access & SMS Blocked in Egypt as Protests Escalate
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Discussion: National Review and Boing Boing
Clout St:
Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot  —  UPDATED at 7:15 p.m. by Liam Ford, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann with more detail from Supreme Court opinion; election authority comment; ruling a topic in tonight's mayoral debate.  —  The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Court Allows Emanuel on Ballot for Chicago Mayor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race
Discussion: PostPartisan and Fausta's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Filibuster reform dead  —  So why did Senate Democrats agree, in principle, that simple majorities can't change the Senate's rules, and even exceedingly modest changes to the filibuster are out-of-bounds?  Easy: They're a simple majority now, but someday soon, they'll be a simple minority.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Jay Carney named White House press secretary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Daley's email to staff
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Jay Carney to Be Named White House Press Secretary
JTA:
Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.  —  Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP WEIGHS MEDICARE PRIVATIZATION.... To help finance the Affordable Care Act and ensure health care reform didn't add to the deficit, Democrats committed to $500 billion in cost savings from Medicare.  Republicans, who've always been hostile to the system of socialized medicine, feigned outrage.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer steps up Social Security assault on House Republicans
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Aleister / American Glob:
PROPAGANDA: Reagan And Obama On The Cover Of TIME  —  TIME Magazine's new February 2011 issue has a cover that features Ronald Reagan with his arm around a jovial Barack Obama.  You can see the image below.  This is propaganda.  Plain and simple.  —  Anyone who knows anything …
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Publius / Big Government:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin to Headline Reagan 100 Celebration …
Discussion: yaf.org, Cubachi, sisu and HillBuzz.org
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Johanns bill to repeal healthcare law's 1099 provision reaches 60 co-sponsors  —  A bipartisan bill in the Senate that would repeal the unpopular 1099 provision in the healthcare law garnered 60 co-sponsors on Thursday, giving the legislation its best chance at passage so far.
Discussion: Right Turn
Telegraph:
Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds  —  Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.  —  The key factor affecting …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Santorum announces Iowa hires  —  Washington (CNN) - Call it another signal from Rick Santorum that he's getting ready to officially run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  The former senator from Pennsylvania announced Friday that two experienced Republican strategists in Iowa …
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Associated Press:
Hawaii: Bill Would Open Obama Birth Record  —  The state would charge $100 for a copy of President Obama's birth records under a bill introduced in the Legislature by five Democrats.  It would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records unless the person seeking them has a tangible interest.
Discussion: FrumForum and Sense of Events
Los Angeles Times:
In Yemen, tens of thousands march against president  —  Demonstrators angry over unemployment and oppression under President Ali Abdullah Saleh demand political change.  The unrest worries the U.S., which has been working with the government to defeat an Al Qaeda offshoot.
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Michelle Obama ready to campaign for 2012
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Brooksley Born of the FCIC: “We May Well Still Be in a Financial Crisis”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican governors urged Pence to pass on presidential bid
Tim Gaynor / Reuters:
Proposed Arizona law targets “birthright” citizenship
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Palin completely misunderstands what “Sputnik Moment” means
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