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9:55 AM ET, January 31, 2011

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New York Post:
It's never been about Palestine  —  The anti-Mubarak revolution won't only topple an authoritarian regime.  It will also topple 40-plus years of wrong-headed thinking about the causes of Middle East instability among the world's foreign-policy cognoscenti.  —  In that view, the horrible …
Discussion: Betsy's Page, FrumForum and Commentary
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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.
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Former officials, scholars warned of coming instability in Egypt
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mondoweiss
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
Discussion: Guardian, CNN and Israel Matzav
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Devil We Know  —  As the world ponders the fate of Egypt …
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Crisis in Egypt
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Doug Ross
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House quietly prepares for a post-Mubarak era in Egypt
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Calls for ‘Orderly Transition’ in Egypt
Aljazeera:
‘Mega protest’ planned in Egypt  —  Opposition movement calls for one “million people demonstration” on Tuesday in a bid to topple president Hosni Mubarak.  —  Egyptian protesters have called for a massive demonstration on Tuesday in a bid to force out president Hosni Mubarak from power.
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Aljazeera:
Al Jazeera camera equipment seized  —  Camera equipment remains seized after release of six Al Jazeera journalist who were briefly detained in Cairo.  —  Six Al Jazeera English journalists, who were briefly detained in Egypt, have been released, however; their camera equipment remains confiscated by the military.
Scott Lucas / EA WorldView:
Egypt (and Beyond) LiveBlog: So What is an “Orderly Transition”?
The Politico:
Barack Obama braces for Jon Huntsman 2012 bid  —  The White House expects Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to China, to resign his post this spring to explore a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, top Democrats said.  —  GOP allies of Huntsman have already begun laying plans …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
WH Expects Huntsman to Resign, Explore 2012 Bid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House official cites ‘education problem’ on climate
Discussion: YID With LID and Weasel Zippers
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell: A Senate obstructionist could turn into a man of action
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DCCC picks 19 early GOP House targets  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pegged its first GOP targets of the 2012 cycle, launching radio and web ads in the districts of 19 House Republicans this week.  —  Democrats need to pick up 25 House seats to win back the majority in 2012.
Discussion: theblogprof and JammieWearingFool
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Threat Of Muslim Brotherhood Running Egypt As An Anti-American Muslim State Is A Myth  —  Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading voice of Egypt's opposition, told Fareed Zakaria on CNN that the American conservative fear put forth by people like John Bolton and Thaddeus McCotter that the Muslim Brotherhood …
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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 …
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Believe GOP Should Consider Tea Party Ideas  —  Half of Republicans are Tea Party supporters; 5% are “opponents”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement's positions …
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Nick Baumann / ABCNEWS:
House Republicans Plan to Redefine Rape  —  Drugged, Raped, and Pregnant?  Too bad — Republicans are Pushing to Limit Rape and Incest Cases Eligible for Government Abortion Funding  —  Rape is only really rape if it involves force, according to the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Cross of Rubber  —  Last Saturday, reported The Financial Times, some of the world's most powerful financial executives were going to hold a private meeting with finance ministers in Davos, the site of the World Economic Forum.  The principal demand of the executives, the newspaper suggested …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Professor Cornpone  —  Ethanol lobbyist Newt Gingrich and us—and the future of the GOP  —  The last time these columns were lambasted by a presidential candidate in Iowa, he was Democrat Richard Gephardt and the year was 1988.  The Missouri populist won the state caucuses in part on the rallying cry that …
Wall Street Journal:
Syria Strongman: Time for ‘Reform’  —  DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited a regime that has held power for four decades, said he will push for more political reforms in his country, in a sign of how Egypt's violent revolt is forcing leaders across the region to rethink their approaches.
 
 
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David Nather / The Politico:
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Tom Brown / Reuters:
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Agence France Presse:
Hamas inmates flee Egypt jail, return to Gaza
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Online NewsHour
Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:
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Maggie Fick / Christian Science Monitor:
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
House Dem: Liberal groups need to back off for party to succeed in 2012
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
The 5 Stupidest Things Right-Wingers Have Written about the Egyptian Uprising