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8:35 AM ET, January 30, 2011


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak  —  CAIRO - In a dusty alleyway in downtown Cairo, Gamal Mohammed Manshawi held out a dirty plastic bag Saturday afternoon.  Inside were smashed gas canisters and the casings of rubber bullets that he said Egyptian police had fired at anti-government demonstrators.
Discussion: Haaretz
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
A Need For Free and Fair Elections in Egypt: A Statement by the Working Group on Egypt … Amidst the turmoil in Egypt, it is important for the United States to remain focused on the interests of the Egyptian people as well as the legitimacy and stability of the Egyptian government.
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare  —  Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt, which may require a reorganization of the IDF.  —  The events of the last few days in Egypt - apparently …
Barry Rubin / GLORIA Center:
Special Report: The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Calling for Restraint, Pentagon Faces Test of Influence With Ally
Discussion: POMED
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog 29/1 - Egypt protests
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Rebellion in the Land of the Pharaohs
Live Updates From Egypt
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Dish
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.
Discussion:, Hullabaloo and Hot Air
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 2, Cont'd
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 Michelle Bachmann as being a couple of bubble-headed idiots.  A flashback not from years but from mere days ago:
Discussion: Proof Positive
Noel Sheppard / blogs:   Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War
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
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.
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: Balloon Juice and The Reaction
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.”
France24:   Top dissident ElBaradei says President Mubarak must go
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