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2:55 AM ET, January 31, 2011


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Journalist / Accuracy.Org:
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama  —  Dear President Obama:  —  As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House quietly prepares for a post-Mubarak era in Egypt  —  The White House stance has been even-handed as officials have suggested President Hosni Mubarak might stay in power if freedoms, competitive elections are allowed.  But an insider says the U.S. is not ready to keep Mubarak in power at all costs.
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Latest Updates on Day 6 of Egypt Protests
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Calls for ‘Orderly Transition’ in Egypt
Discussion: naked capitalism and FrumForum
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Opposition Rallies to ElBaradei as Military Reinforces in Cairo
The Politico:
Hillary Clinton calls for ‘real democracy’ in Egypt
Discussion: American Power
Max Bergmann / ThinkProgress:
Secretary Clinton Calls For ‘Real Democracy’ In Egypt
Cairo protesters stand their ground
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
ElBaradei Says U.S. Should Tell Mubarak to Give Up Power in Egypt
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau
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” …
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov't without Mubarak  —  Opposition group says will exclude 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 …
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Threat Of Muslim Brotherhood Running Egypt As An Anti-American …
Discussion: Mercury Rising and ThinkProgress
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.
MyFOX Detroit:
Terrorist Threat At Local Mosque
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Thousands Converge on Koch Brothers Billionaire's Caucus; 25 Arrested  —  Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Rancho Mirage, California today, at a protest in front of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, site of the “Billionaire's Caucus,” an annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers …
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 and theblogprof
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
House Dem: Liberal groups need to back off for party to win in 2012  —  Liberal groups need to stay out of Democratic primaries if the party is going to retake the House majority, according to a conservative Massachusetts Democrat.  —  Rep. Stephen Lynch was one of several Democrats who faced …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Booman Tribune
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
The 5 Stupidest Things Right-Wingers Have Written about the Egyptian Uprising  —  Pictured: the staff of Commentary Magazine protests outside the White House.  (by Cubiyanqui)  —  Aside from the extremely popular “the protests in Cairo prove George W. Bush was right to kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis” …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Recent decisions amount to a dressing down for 9th Circuit  —  Sometimes the Supreme Court simply decides cases and sometimes it seems to have something bigger in mind.  In the past two weeks, it has been in scold mode, and its target has been the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House official cites ‘education problem’ on climate  —  President Obama's top science adviser said there's a need to “educate” GOP climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill as the White House seeks to advance its green energy agenda.  —  “It is an education problem.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
San Francisco Ground Report — pro-Palin posters replacing vile Leftist ones around town … Purple and Gold Team member from San Francisco reporting!  —  I just got back from doing something have been thinking about for two weeks.  Right after the shooting of Gabby Giffords someone …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner to Obama: Game on
Discussion: Don Surber and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama taps aide to lead ‘reorganization’ of federal gov't
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Boehner Admits Failing To Raise Debt Ceiling Would Be 'A Disaster …