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11:25 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.
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 …
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.
Online NewsHour:
Exclusive |  Biden: Mubarak Is Not a Dictator, But People Have a Right to Protest
Discussion: Right Turn, Raw Story and FP Passport
Aljazeera:
Fresh protests erupt in Egypt
Associated Press:
Egypt Nobel laureate ElBaradei under house arrest
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
At last, Obama addresses Egypt protests - on YouTube
BBC:
Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Discussion: National Review 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.
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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
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.
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John Koziol / Citizen.com:
Area Democrats look ahead to 2012, regrouping efforts
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
USA Today:
TNT apologizes for Tracy Morgan's suggestive comments on Palin  —  TNT wasted no time apologizing for Tracy Morgan's suggestive comments about Sarah Palin on Thursday night.  —  Morgan, star of NBC's 30 Rock sitcom, said during TNT's nationally televised Inside the NBA that he fantasized …
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
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
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
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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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
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.
Michael Stott / Reuters:
Rich corporations “must share wealth” to avoid unrest  —  (Reuters) - Poverty and unemployment reared their heads at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, with speakers urging the elite audience to bridge a growing gap between booming multinationals and the jobless poor.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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.
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Some healthcare waiver requests denied even as HHS approves 500 others  —  While some 500 groups got waivers for a healthcare reform provision setting annual coverage requirements, about 50 requests for such exemptions were denied, the Department of Health and Human Services told The Hill Thursday.
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Michelle Obama ready to campaign for 2012
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