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2:45 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 …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptians Defiant as Mubarak Appoints a No. 2  —  CAIRO — Tens of thousands of protesters once again defied President Hosni Mubarak's curfews and threats of a harsh crackdown, taking to the streets for a fifth day as the Egyptian leader struggled to hold on to the power that he has maintained in nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule.
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.
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.
BBC:
LIVE: Egypt unrest day five  —  Live coverage of the fifth day of anti-government protests in Egypt, as tens of thousands of demonstrators return to the streets in several cities, after the Egyptian president fired his cabinet and promised reforms but refused to step down.
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.”
CNN:
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
CNN:
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kerry: Premature to threaten cutting Egypt's $1.3B aid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
France24:
Top dissident ElBaradei says President Mubarak must go
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond
Amb / Fox News:
AMB. JOHN BOLTON: Is Democracy Coming to Egypt at Last?
Jesse Lee / White House.gov 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?’
Gil Yaron / Spiegel Online:
Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air and Newshoggers.com
Telegraph:
Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
Brian Katulis / Center for American Progress:
Time to Rethink U.S.-Egyptian Relations
Discussion: Yglesias
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
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 …
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Benjamin Kunkel / London Review of Books:   Benjamin Kunkel: Marx's Return
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.
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” …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Wants To Be Paul Ryan's Press Secretary?  —  News stories about Paul Ryan have increasingly come to resemble an open competition for the job of Paul Ryan's press secretary.  The latest audition, from ABC News, actually compares him to Kevin Kline's character in “Dave,” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
 
 
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