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10:10 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
CNN:
Violent protests rock Egypt
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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
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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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
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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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  —  Senate Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are gearing up for a battle with House Republicans over Medicare and Social Security benefits.  —  Schumer and other Democratic strategists …
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
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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
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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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Daley's email to staff
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Michelle Obama ready to campaign for 2012
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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