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2:05 PM ET, January 30, 2011

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Aljazeera:
Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.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.
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Issandr El Amrani / Arabist.net:
Manipulation  —  Something very fishy is taking place — the Egyptian people are being manipulated and terrified by the withdrawal of the police yesterday, reports (some of them perhaps untrue) of widespread looting, and yesterday's (during the day) relatively low military presence in the city.
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 …
STRATFOR:
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.
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog 30/1 - Egypt protests  —  on January 29th, 2011.  —  An Egyptian army soldier gestures to a crowd in Cairo [Reuters]  —  From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez.  —  Live Blog: Friday / Saturday / Sunday
Christine Brim / Big Peace:
Muslim Brotherhood Deception: They Say Different Things in English and Arabic  —  Over the next few days, here are 2 websites to compare - the Muslim Brotherhood's English language and Arabic websites.  First, the Muslim Brotherhood website in English - complete with the word “freedom” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Egyptian opposition figure criticizes Obama response: ‘Let go of a dictator’
Discussion: Hot Air
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Working Group on Egypt Calls for Suspension of U.S. Aid
Discussion: National Review and Right Turn
Martin Indyk / msnbc.com:
MTP Exclusive: Time has come for Mubarak to go, says Indyk
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Choice Likely to Please the Military, Not the Crowds
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Time
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak
Discussion: Haaretz and Outside the Beltway
Barry Rubin / GLORIA Center:
Special Report: The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy
theblogprof:
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:
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John / Power Line:
Chris Matthews's Obsession
Discussion: Right Pundits
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War
Ynetnews:
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
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Boehner Admits Failing To Raise Debt Ceiling Would Be ‘A Disaster,’ But Takes It Hostage Anyway  —  Earlier this month, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during an appearance at the National Press Club that failing to raise the nation's debt ceiling when the legal borrowing limit …
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 …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
A Chicken Chain's Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates  —  ATLANTA — The Chick-fil-A sandwich — a hand-breaded chicken breast and a couple of pickles squished into a steamy, white buttered bun — is a staple of some Southern diets and a must-have for people …
Discussion: Gawker and Liberty Pundits Blog
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.
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
Weekly Address: Out-Innovating, Out-Educating & Out-Building Our Competitors
Discussion: Verum Serum and CNN
 
 
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
Jeff Zients Will Lead Reorganization of Federal Government
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Associated Press:
US Embassy tells Americans to weigh leaving Egypt
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Tea Party Wags the Dog
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
TSA shuts door on private airport screening program
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ANTI-SCIENCE PARTY.... This segment, by way of Daily Kos …
Discussion: Hot Air, Balloon Juice and The Reaction