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12:55 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 …
New York Times:
Egypt Protests Continue as Military Stands By  —  CAIRO — Egypt was engulfed in a fifth day of protests on Saturday but an attempt by President Hosni Mubarak to salvage his 30-year rule by firing his cabinet and calling out the army appeared to backfire as troops and demonstrators fraternized …
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
JOHN KING, USA  —  Unrest in Egypt  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JOHN KING, HOST: Thanks Wolf and good evening everyone.  Tonight Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tries to quiet a political crisis, but his defiant tone leaves …
Discussion: POMED
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.
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Egyptian troops let protests proceed as Mubarak names vice president  —  CAIRO - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators swarmed central Cairo on Saturday in the largest demonstration yet against the rule of the country's longtime autocratic leader, President Hosni Mubarak.
Washington Post:
The U.S. needs to break with Mubarak now  —  ON FRIDAY, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians did something that the Obama administration, and many others in Washington, believed they would never do: They rose up against their government, demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's autocracy.
Egypt protests draw mixed reaction in region  —  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Saudi Arabia slammed protesters in Egypt as “infiltrators” who seek to destabilize their country Saturday while an Iranian official called on Egypt to “abide by the rightful demands of the nation” and avoid violent reactions.
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kerry: Premature to threaten cutting Egypt's $1.3B aid  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) refused to commit Friday evening to cutting U.S. aid to Egypt as a result of the political turmoil in that country.  —  Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was premature …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter / Human Events:
America Must Stand With Her Ally Egypt  —  U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's statement on the crisis.  —  The Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran's 2009 Green Revolution.  The Egyptian demonstrations are the reprise of Iran's 1979 radical revolution.
Discussion: Fox News, The Other McCain and Hot Air
Jesse Lee / White Blog:
President Obama on the Situation in Egypt: “All Governments Must …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Whose Bright Idea Was It to Send Joe Biden Out to Talk About Egypt?’
President Barack Obama / Time:
Transcript: President Obama's Remarks on Egypt
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Brian Katulis / Center for American Progress:
Time to Rethink U.S.-Egyptian Relations
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Would an American President Tout Mubarak's Regime?
Discussion: 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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Right Wing News
Benjamin Kunkel / London Review of Books:
Benjamin Kunkel: Marx's Return  —  The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism by David Harvey  —  Profile, 296 pp, £14.99, April 2010, ISBN 978 1 84668 308 4  —  A Companion to Marx's ‘Capital’ by David Harvey Verso, 368 pp, £10.99, March 2010, ISBN 978 1 84467 359 9
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Karl Marx, Real Business Cycle Theorist
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ‘willing’ to golf with Boehner  —  President Obama is willing to play golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help improve their relationship, a top White House adviser said Saturday.  —  Outgoing White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the chances are “good” …
Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
Not worth the paper they're printed on  —  This week's release of the Palestine Papers by Al Jazeera television might well be a classic example of “burying the lede.”  While the revelations sparked revulsion among Palestinians about how much their leadership conceded in talks with Israel …
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.
Paul Krugman:
The Wal-Mart Decade  —  I've been putting some material together for textbook revision, and found myself looking at European versus US productivity performance over the past couple of decades.  I sort of knew the facts here, but this recent paper by Bart van Ark (pdf) seemed …
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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