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11:45 AM ET, January 30, 2011


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Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.  —  The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Egypt: Death throes of a dictatorship  —  Our writer joins protesters atop a Cairo tank as the army shows signs of backing the people against Mubarak's regime  —  The Egyptian tanks, the delirious protesters sitting atop them, the flags, the 40,000 protesters weeping and crying …
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Who Is Omar Suleiman?  —  One of the “new” names being mentioned as a possible alternative to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is actually not so new to anyone who has followed the American policy of renditions for terror suspects.  After dissolving his cabinet yesterday …
Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood  —  The following is a report from a STRATFOR source in Hamas.  Hamas, which formed in Gaza as an outgrowth of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has an interest in exaggerating its role and coordination with the MB in this crisis.
Jamal Halaby / Associated Press:
Jordan's opposition: Arabs will topple tyrants  —  AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The leader of Jordan's powerful Muslim Brotherhood warned Saturday that unrest in Egypt will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple leaders allied with the United States.  —  Hammam Saeed's comments …
Martin Indyk /
MTP Exclusive: Time has come for Mubarak to go, says Indyk  —  Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk offers his take on the path forward  —  Below:  —  Director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings  —  Editor's Note: Martin Indyk is the director of the Foreign Policy Program …
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Fighter jets swoop over Cairo in show of force  —  CAIRO - Fighter jets swooped low over Cairo Sunday in what appeared to be an attempt by the military to show its control of a city beset by looting, armed robbery and anti-government protests.  —  Minutes before the start of a 4 p.m. curfew …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Ex-officials urge Obama to suspend aid to Egypt  —  A bipartisan group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy scholars is urging the Obama administration to suspend all economic and military aid to Egypt until the government agrees to carry out early elections and to suspend Egypt's draconian state …
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak
Discussion: Haaretz
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 2, Cont'd
FACTBOX - Omar Suleiman, new Egyptian vice-president
Discussion: Don Surber
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Calling for Restraint, Pentagon Faces Test of Influence With Ally
Discussion: POMED
Latme / Babylon & Beyond:
EGYPT: Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei accuses U.S. of dropping the ball
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog 29/1 - Egypt protests
Associated Press:
Egypt's Mubarak names vice president for 1st time
Discussion: Washington Post
Israeli reports of ‘friendly atmosphere’ in Cairo  —  Tour guide Amos Abidov visits Egypt with 30 students, says no plan to come home early.  ‘We go to restaurants, take taxis, sit in cafes’  —  Ziv Reinstein  —  “We are in Cairo and have no plans to return to Israel sooner,” …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Comedy Gold!  Chris Matthews, who derides Palin as stupid, says Panama Canal is in... EGYPT!  —  Chris Matthews is in de Nile.  He has been deriding Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as being a couple of bubble-headed idiots.  A flashback not from years but from mere days ago:
Discussion: Right Wing News and Proof Positive
Noel Sheppard / blogs:   Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street Titan Ken Langone, GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain At Koch Brothers Meeting  —  This weekend, David and Charles Koch, co-owners of the Koch Industries conglomerate of chemical, timber, oil and manufacturing interests, are hosting their twice annual meeting to coordinate strategy …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Tea Party Wags the Dog  —  ANY lingering doubts about Barack Obama's determination to appropriate Ronald Reagan's political spirit evaporated just before the State of the Union.  No American brand is more associated with Reagan than General Electric, and it was that corporation's chief executive …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
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?”
The White House:
Weekly Address: “America Will Win the Future by Out-Innovating, Out-Educating, and Out-Building Our Competitors”  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Obama called Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc, Wisconsin an example of how America can win the future by being the best place on Earth to do business.
Jesse Lee / White Blog:
Weekly Address: Out-Innovating, Out-Educating & Out-Building Our Competitors
Discussion: Verum Serum and CNN
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Hrag Vartanian / Hyperallergic:
Breaking: Images of Egyptian Museum Damage [UPDATE 28] Al-Jazeera …
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
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