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3:45 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Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.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.
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 …
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 …
Haaretz:
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov't without Mubarak  —  Opposition group says excludes reigning President's National Democratic Party from talks; Mohammed ElBaradei: I have been mandated by the people.  —  By News Agencies  —  The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Reuters
Max Bergmann / ThinkProgress:
Secretary Clinton Calls For ‘Real Democracy’ In Egypt  —  For the first time during the uprising in Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared on all the major Sunday talk shows this morning, called for Egypt to hold free and fair elections that would ensure “real democracy.”
Discussion: BBC and The Political Carnival
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Egyptian opposition figure criticizes Obama response: ‘Let go of a dictator’
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak
Discussion: Haaretz and Outside the Beltway
Martin Indyk / msnbc.com:
MTP Exclusive: Time has come for Mubarak to go, says Indyk
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
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John / Power Line:
Chris Matthews's Obsession  —  Sometimes you get the feeling that liberal pundits are all going around the bend together, in a grand carnival of craziness.  Take Chris Matthews, who began his report on the riots in Egypt with this rant:  —  Here is the transcript, for those who just can't stand to watch Matthews:
Discussion: Right Pundits
Jennifer Chambers / Detroit News:
California man arrested with explosives outside Dearborn Islamic center  —  Dearborn - A California man, accused of being in possession of explosive materials outside the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road, has been charged with making a terrorist threat.
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MyFOX Detroit:
Terrorist Threat At Local Mosque
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Gets Early Start on G.O.P. Targets for 2012  —  Leaders of more than 70 Tea Party groups in Indiana gathered last weekend to sign a proclamation saying they would all support one candidate — as yet undetermined — in a primary challenge to Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican who has represented the state since 1977.
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
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” …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama taps aide to lead ‘reorganization’ of federal gov't  —  President Obama tapped an aide to lead a “reorganization” of the federal government, communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday.  —  Obama named Jeffrey Zients, a former CEO of the Advisory Board Company who serves …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
Jeff Zients Will Lead Reorganization of Federal Government
Discussion: Federal Eye
Associated Press:
NY Sen. Schumer wants ban on drug-like bath salts  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says he wants the federal government to ban new designer drugs known as bath salts that pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines.  —  The small, inexpensive packets of powder …
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
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner to Obama: Game on
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