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8:50 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.
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
Tim Marshall / Sky News:
Egypt To Take ‘Decisive Action’ On Protests  —  Egypt's interior ministry has said it will take “decisive measures” against anti-government protesters who plan further demonstrations this afternoon. … The warning comes after deadly clashes with police that have killed at least five people …
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
At last, Obama addresses Egypt protests - on YouTube
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Internet disruptions hit Egypt
Guardian:
Thousands on streets in biggest Egypt protests yet
Discussion: New York Times and The Agonist
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
How The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce's Egyptian Affiliate Went To Bat …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jay Carney picked as Obama press secretary
Discussion: AOL News and Ben Smith's Blog
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
The Huffington Post:
Reid, McConnell Reach Rules Reform Agreement … WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached agreement on a set of relatively small changes to the upper chamber's rules, including an informal pact to reduce the number …
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Ezra Klein:
Reid and McConnell agree: There will be no reform of the filibuster  —  A few moments ago, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate to announce a five-point agreement on rules reform.  But the five-points weren't, well, the point.  The real agreement was on the process by which rules can be reformed.
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 …
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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin to keynote Reagan celebration
Discussion: The Note, The Gateway Pundit and TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican governors urged Pence to pass on presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's decision not to run for president came after a serious lobbying effort by the Republican Governors Association, a GOP source close to the party organization told CNN Thursday.
Discussion: The Politico and Hotline On Call
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Aharding / CNN:
Pence rules out bid for president
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Palin completely misunderstands what “Sputnik Moment” means  —  So Sarah Palin went on Greta Van Susteren's show last night and one of the “questions” was about what she thought of President Obama's reference to America's “Sputnik moment” during his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Pharyngula
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
‘WTF?’ Sarah Palin Thinks The USSR Won The Space Race? (VIDEO)
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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
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 and Paul Krugman
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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The Politico:
Barack Obama fires up the health team
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Pinhas Inbari / jcpa.org:
The Palestine Papers: Al-Jazeera Has an Agenda
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
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Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato @ Liberty:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Warrants Into Service Attacks by WikiLeaks Supporters
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Gaynor / Reuters:
Proposed Arizona law targets “birthright” citizenship
Bill Lambrecht / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talent says no to Missouri Senate bid
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate ends practice of secret holds
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Initial jobless claims jump 51,000
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses
Discussion: Right Turn and Outside the Beltway
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
4th senator joins Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Hot Air, Parker Spitzer and CNN