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8:20 AM ET, January 29, 2011

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Telegraph:
Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising  —  The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.  —  Protesters and army on the streets of Cairo
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Heather Hurlburt / The New Republic:
Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots  —  It takes some hubris to write about events unfolding as fast as the protests in Egypt, especially when it's clear that nobody saw this coming.  Mubarak is preparing to address the nation, and it's unclear what will follow.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Rortybomb and Salon
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world  —  For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature.  While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their “freedom deficit” …
Political Punch:
Axelrod: President Obama Has “On Several Occasions Directly Confronted” Mubarak on Human Rights for the Past 2 Years “To Get Ahead of This”  —  In a network exclusive interview to air on Nightline tonight, we sat down this afternoon with White House senior adviser David Axelrod …
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
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.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Egypt's Military Is Seen as Pivotal in Next Step  —  Even as armored military vehicles deployed around important Egyptian government institutions on Friday for the first time in decades, it remained difficult to predict what role the armed forces might play in either quelling the disturbances …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Cairo falls into near-anarchy; army warns it will treat protesters as criminals  —  CAIRO - Egyptians across this capital city expressed grave disappointment that President Hosni Mubarak was still their president on Saturday but, in protests spreading across Cairo, shouted their hope that he won't be for much longer.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Whose Bright Idea Was It to Send Joe Biden Out to Talk About Egypt?’  —  Question of the day, asked by Blake Hounshell of Foreign Policy in response to the latest eruption of Bidenism. … Remember how in 2008 we were told that Biden was such a brilliant choice as running mate and that Obama …
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Discussion: Salon and Newshoggers.com
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Tightening the screws on Mubarak
Tobin Harshaw / Opinionator:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mubarak?
CNN:
Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Dennis Kucinich Settles Olive Pit Case  —  Not sure if this qualifies as a Friday news dump, but we now know more than I, for one, ever expected to about what went on in Dennis Kucinich's mouth.  In announcing today he was settling the lawsuit he launched against the operators …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kucinich settles lawsuit against cafeteria
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
George W. Bush in Egypt  —  Today, as Egypt explodes, I can't help thinking of George W. Bush.  I think in particular of an appearance he made in Sharm El Sheikh, in May 2008.  I wrote about that appearance here.  Before a conference of Middle Eastern elites, and their Western associates …
Discussion: FrumForum, Atlas Shrugs and Salon
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
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
ABCNEWS:
Egyptian Police Using U.S.-Made Tear Gas Against Demonstrators  —  Photographs From Cairo Document Canisters Labeled ‘Made in U.S.A.’  —  Egyptian riot police are firing tear gas canisters bearing the label “Made in U.S.A” against street demonstrations in Cairo, according to protesters …
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.) …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Brock's big-money outside group gains steam  —  It looks like David Brock is getting more serious about building a powerful apparatus on the left to go head-to-head with the flood of outside money conservative groups are planning to pump into the 2012 elections.
William Yong / New York Times:
Iran Sees Rise of Islamic Hard-Liners  —  TEHRAN — Hopeful that the protests sweeping Arab lands may create an opening for hard-line Islamic forces, conservatives in Iran are taking deep satisfaction in the events in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, where secular leaders have faced large-scale uprisings.
Discussion: Doug Ross, Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter: The Federal Government Can't Legislate Bike Paths Because They're Unconstitutional  —  As ThinkProgress has previously noted, there is a radical strain of conservativism, dubbed “tentherism,” that invokes the Tenth Amendment to claim that a whole host …
Discussion: Streetsblog Capitol Hill and Grist
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Inquiry Is Missing Bottom Line  —  There was something almost comical about the way the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its report on Thursday morning.  —  About a week ago, reporters were told they would get a sneak preview of the report the morning of its release.  The location was undisclosed.
The Huffington Post:
Ayn Rand and the VIP-DIPers  —  What's Your Reaction: … Despite persistent rumors, Rand Paul was not named in honor of influential conservative thinker, Ayn Rand.  His name is Randall.  —  It's good he was not named for Ayn Rand because her real name was Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum which she changed honoring her Rand typewriter.
Discussion: Boing Boing
 
 
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U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call …
Discussion: Right Turn, Mondoweiss, AmSpecBlog and JTA
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The old Obama in new clothing
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
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