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10:30 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:
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 …
BBC:
Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom
Discussion: Informed Comment
Aljazeera:
Fresh protests erupt in Egypt
CNN:
Violent protests rock Egypt
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Associated Press:
Egypt Nobel laureate ElBaradei under house arrest
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
At last, Obama addresses Egypt protests - on YouTube
Political Punch:
VP Biden Calls Egyptian President Mubarak an “Ally” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Biden: Hey, Mubarak's not a dictator
Discussion: Reuters, CBS News, National Review and CNN
Tim Marshall / Sky News:
Egypt To Take ‘Decisive Action’ On Protests
Discussion: Bloomberg, Crooks and Liars and ABCNEWS
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Discussion: Danger Room and Boing Boing
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.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Gateway Pundit
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Student Life:
Bristol Palin will not speak at Washington University; SHAC says decision mutual  —  Students pack Wednesday night's Student Union Senate meeting to speak out against Bristol Palin's selection as the keynote speaker for Sexual Responsibility Week.  Following student dissent …
Discussion: Daily RFT
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 3.2% Rate in the 4th Quarter  —  The United States economy sped up its growth rate in the fourth quarter, chiefly on the backs of revitalized consumers and a narrowed trade deficit.  —  Gross domestic product, a broad measure of all the goods and services produced by the economy …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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
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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Ezra Klein:
Reid and McConnell agree: There will be no reform of the filibuster
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
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Paul, Vitter challenge birthright citizenship  —  Two Republican senators introduced controversial immigration legislation Thursday aimed at the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which grants babies born in this country automatic United States citizenship.  —  Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) …
Discussion: The Note and ThinkProgress
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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
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 …
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Top Dem: We will ‘hang’ Republicans  —  Amidst a national dialogue about softening political rhetoric, members of an Obama-affiliated organization are threatening to hang Granite State Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, according to a news story in the Citizen of Laconia.
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 …
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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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 …
Reuters:
DAVOS-UPDATE 1-Minor explosion in Davos hotel, nobody hurt  —  Left-wing activists claimed responsibility for a minor explosion on Thursday at a hotel in Davos, close to where top executives and world leaders were meeting, but nobody was hurt.  —  Devin Wenig, CEO of Thomson Reuters' Markets division …
New York Times:
Seizing a Moment, Al Jazeera Galvanizes Arab Frustration  —  The protests rocking the Arab world this week have one thread uniting them: Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite channel whose aggressive coverage has helped propel insurgent emotions from one capital to the next.
 
 
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Special Report: A Long Island tax cut backfires on the Tea Party
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Michael Stott / Reuters:
Rich corporations “must share wealth” to avoid unrest
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USA Today:
TNT apologizes for Tracy Morgan's suggestive comments on Sarah Palin
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Michelle Obama ready to campaign for 2012
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Republicans terrified of tea
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Warrants Into Service Attacks by WikiLeaks Supporters
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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