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6:25 PM ET, January 28, 2011

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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet  —  Thanks to all for great comments and questions.  Please see below for latest updates on the ongoing Egyptian Internet blackout. —jim  —  Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears …
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Guardian:
Mubarak defiant in face of Egyptian protests  —  • President Mubarak will form new government on Saturday  —  • Officials say US is reviewing $1.5bn aid to Egypt  —  • Mohamed ElBaradei has been detained  —  • Teargas and rubber bullets used in crackdown
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Liveblog - Egypt's protests erupt  —  on January 28th, 2011. … Follow staff tweets on the protests from Egypt and Doha.  —  Watch Al Jazeera English broadcasting live from Cairo, Suez and Alexandria.  —  View a gallery of photos from the past four days of protests.
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:
Egypt Calls In Army as Protests Rage  —  CAIRO — After a day of increasingly violent protests throughout Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak ordered the military into the streets to reinforce police struggling to contain one of the most serious challenges to his long and autocratic rule.
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 1  —  Tracking the ongoing demonstrations and government response in Egypt  —  5:58 p.m. EST / 12:58 a.m. Cairo Does the apparent success of Egyptian protesters despite the country's total shut down of the Internet mean we should reconsider our sense of how important …
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Egypt's High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Ties
Discussion: The Nation
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape  —  Drugged, raped, and pregnant?  Too bad.  Republicans are pushing to limit rape and incest cases eligible for government abortion funding.  —  Post Comment  —  Rape is only really rape if it involves force.  So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ODIOUS GOP PLAN TO REDEFINE RAPE.... Last week, after a rather pointless vote to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans announced their second major initiative: the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”  —  It was additional evidence that the new House GOP majority …
VFW:
VFW WILL DEFEAT BACHMANN PLAN  —  “NO WAY, NO HOW, WILL WE LET THIS PROPOSAL GET ANY TRACTION IN CONGRESS.”  —  America's oldest and largest major combat veterans' organization announced it will do everything within its power to defeat a plan introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and TPMDC
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Rick Maze / Air Force Times HOME:
Bachmann plan would cut veterans benefits  —  Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits.
USA Today:
TNT apologizes for Tracy Morgan's lewd comments on Palin  —  UPDATE: TNT sponsor AutoTrader.com is complaining to the network about being stuck in the middle, literally, of Tracy Morgan's lewd remarks about Sarah Palin on last night's edition of Inside the NBA.
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
On Sputnik vs. Spudnut  —  Please read this article by the Hoover Institution's Research Fellow Peter Schweizer.  Schweizer, who has written extensively on the subject of the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, offers a Washington Post writer an important refresher on the real history of Sputnik …
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Peter Schweizer / Big Peace:
Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History
Ezra Klein:
Too young not to work, too old to get a job  —  Pew's new report on long-term unemployment is sobering stuff: … The interplay between age and unemployment really worries me.  On some level, we have a rosy view of “structural unemployment”: It's a guy in Reno, Nev., who has skills better suited …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Would an American President Tout Mubarak's Regime?  —  Two weekends ago, I was at a wedding, and another guest mentioned that he was being “good,” and honoring his wife's request that he not check his Blackberry or Twitter feed.  Knowing that the Ravens-Steelers NFL Playoff game was underway …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Egyptians' Fury Has Smoldered Beneath the Surface for Decades
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A careful briefing  —  Robert Gibbs, like all White House press secretaries, takes great care with his words, but I'm not sure I've ever seen him taking quite this much care, referring to notes from phrase to phrase, as he is in this afternoon's briefing on Egypt.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama still hasn't called Egyptian leader as protests rage
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Wire:
World Grows Jittery About American Debt  —  The U.S. received two stern warnings Thursday that it needs to get its fiscal house in order, and quickly.  Moody's, the credit rating agency, cautioned that it may need to downgrade its AAA-rating of U.S. debt sooner than expected …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Downgrading America  —  Karl Smith on the possibility …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Biden thinks The Onion's spoofs of him are ‘hilarious’  —  A mock photo of Vice President Joe Biden washing a Trans-Am shirtless.  Strange?  Distasteful?  Crossing the line?  —  Not so, Biden says.  —  “I think it's hilarious,” Biden told Yahoo! in a wide-ranging interview Thursday.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A big warning sign for Mitt Romney  —  An array of Republican heavyweights who backed Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential bid are not yet committed to - and in some cases, downright skeptical of - the former Massachusetts governor's all-but-certain 2012 campaign.
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.
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call to halt Israel aid  —  Tea Party representative Rand Paul tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer he has a lot of respect for Israel but he doesn't believe the U.S. should be funding the Mideast arms race during financial crisis.
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tea party’ gathering a tepid draw among senators
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mother Jones
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Bush takes swing at former press secretary  —  Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush is landing a stinging jab at his former longtime aide and press secretary, Scott McClellan, saying the man who served as the public face of his administration for three years was irrelevant.
Suleiman al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Jordanian protesters demand political reforms  —  (Reuters) - Islamists, leftists and trade unionists gathered in central Amman Friday for the latest protest to demand political change and wider freedoms.  —  A crowd of at least 3,000 chanted: “We want change.”
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:
Fla. rep failed to explain thousands in expenses  —  MIAMI (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. David Rivera, who is facing a state criminal investigation of his finances, paid himself more than $60,000 in unexplained campaign reimbursements over the eight years he served in the state legislature …
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Deepwater rigs moved out of the Gulf of Mexico  —  Some of the 30-plus deepwater rigs that were in the Gulf of Mexico have moved to other markets, first because of a U.S. halt called last May after BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote) well blowout, and then because of the lack of permits once the moratorium was lifted.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Who Are We in This ‘Sputnik Moment’?  —  One of the difficulties progressives face is trying to make centralized planning sound like a good idea.  Even the president, with all his rhetorical genius and majestic vagueness, can struggle with the task.  So from time to time …
Discussion: alicublog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
House Dems call for gun hearings  —  House Democrats are calling for hearings on gun safety in the wake of the Jan. 8 massacre in Arizona, with the focus on high-capacity ammunition clips and preventing those with a history of mental illness or drug abuse from buying guns.
Discussion: The Note, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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.
 
 
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