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8:50 PM ET, January 29, 2011


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Marc Lynch:
Obama's handling Egypt pretty well  —  After President Obama spoke last night about the situation in Egypt, my Twitter feed and inbox filled up with angry denunciations, with lots of people complaining bitterly that he had endorsed Mubarak's grim struggle to hold on to power …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptians Defiant as Military Does Little to Quash Protests  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak struggled to maintain a tenuous hold on power on Saturday as the military did not act against tens of thousands of demonstrators who defied a new curfew to call for an end to his nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule.
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog 29/1 - Egypt protests  —  on January 29th, 2011.  —  Visit our special Anger in Egypt coverage page.  —  Watch Al Jazeera English broadcasting live from Cairo, Suez and Alexandria.  —  Read up on a timeline of the past four days of unprecedented protests.
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 2, Cont'd  —  Tracking the ongoing demonstrations and government response in Egypt  —  7:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 a.m. Cairo Egypt's ambassador to the U.S. may be onto something.  In an interview on CNN's The Situation Room: “There is a sense of crisis in the country.”
Latme / Babylon & Beyond:
EGYPT: Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei accuses U.S. of dropping the ball  —  Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei called the U.S. position on the Egyptian crisis a disappointment and condemned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's early Satruday morning speech as “almost an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptian people.”
Hrag Vartanian / Hyperallergic:
Breaking: Images of Egyptian Museum Damage [UPDATE 28] Al-Jazeera: NDP Fires Still Threaten Museum, AP: King Tut Treasures Safe … UPDATE 24: Sat.  Jan 29 12:43pm EST: Al-Jazeera has broadcast video of the damage at the National Museum, aka Egyptian Museum.
Egypt protests draw mixed reaction in region  —  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Saudi Arabia slammed protesters in Egypt on Saturday as “infiltrators” who seek to destabilize their country, while a a top Palestinian official affirmed “solidarity” with Egypt.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Urging Restraint, U.S. Military Faces Test of Influence  —  WASHINGTON — The officer corps of Egypt's powerful military has been educated at defense colleges in the United States for 30 years.  The Egyptian armed forces have about 1,000 American M1A1 Abrams tanks, which the United States allows to be built on Egyptian soil.
Discussion: POMED
The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Cut Funding To Promote Democracy In Egypt …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
Top dissident ElBaradei says President Mubarak must go
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond
Discussion: POMED
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kerry: Premature to threaten cutting Egypt's $1.3B aid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Amb / Fox News:
AMB.  JOHN BOLTON: Is Democracy Coming to Egypt at Last?  —  As seen on Fox News Channel's “Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee” on January 28.  —  FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON: I think what's clearly happened today [in Egypt] is that the Muslim Brotherhood …
Barry Rubin / GLORIA Center:
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The pragmatic fantasy
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Virginia House Revives Doctrine of ‘Interposition’ Last Used To Defend Jim Crow  —  Segregationist Virginia Senator Harry Byrd Sr.  —  In response to the landmark Affordable Care Act, numerous right-wing state lawmakers have introduced unconstitutional bills attempting to nullify this federal law.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
WHPS: Who Cares?  —  Howard Fineman celebrates Jay Carney's elevation to the post of White House Press Secretary because it shows Barack Obama's understanding of the need to surround himself with savvy insiders: … This seems to me to be a reference to a change that simply never happened …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ‘willing’ to golf with Boehner
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Politico:
Right takes refuge in Constitution  —  The federal lawsuits against last year's health care overhaul were greeted with eye-rolling and snickers from many conventional legal scholars.  —  Nobody's laughing now.  —  A federal judge in Virginia ruled late last year that a key underpinning …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Karl Marx, Real Business Cycle Theorist  —  Kudos to Benjamin Kunkel for trying to present an accessible Marxist account of the current financial crisis.  I was struck reading the piece, though, by how similar the Kunkel/Harvery/Marx account of the crisis is to linguistically and ideologically quite different accounts from the right.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Benjamin Kunkel / London Review of Books:   Benjamin Kunkel: Marx's Return
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ANTI-SCIENCE PARTY.... This segment, by way of Daily Kos' Jed Lewison, helps reinforce much of what's wrong with the state of critical thinking in the Republican Party.  —  “Real Time” host Bill Maher asked Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) a fairly straightforward question: “Do you believe in evolution?”
Discussion: The Reaction
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ohio Sen. Portman hopes Pawlenty will run for president  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said Saturday that he hopes former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) runs for president in 2012.  —  Portman, speaking at a Cincinnati-area pancake breakfast where Pawlenty was the guest …
Discussion: Politics Extra and National Review
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Wants To Be Paul Ryan's Press Secretary?
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Paul Krugman:
The Wal-Mart Decade  —  I've been putting some material together …