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11:20 AM ET, January 31, 2011

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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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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
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.  —  Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism …
Los Angeles Times:
Egypt's police return; foreigners try to evacuate  —  In the seventh day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak, organizers call for a ‘million-man march’ and continue noisy demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  Police are redeployed but avoid the square.  Meanwhile, foreigners wait at the airport to evacuate.
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Former officials, scholars warned of coming instability in Egypt  —  Earlier today, I was on a panel discussing coverage of the Egypt unrest, and someone mentioned that no one had seen it coming.  —  But that is not the case.  Several foreign policy scholars and former officials have been urging …
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Mubarak ‘will have to leave,’ says Carter
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  —  White House officials tell ABC News that the Obama administration expects the US Ambassador to China, former GOP Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, to step down from his post in the coming months to explore a possible 2012 run for president.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Latest Huntsman 2012 News  —  I feel compelled to step in and briefly say something about this.  Previously here and here.  —  Various sources — notably Jake Tapper here, and Politico here — are reporting that “White House officials” expect Jon Huntsman (right, with one of his daughters) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The Kochs vs. Soros: Free markets vs. state coercion  —  Palm Springs, California -At the front gates of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, a few hundred liberals rallied Sunday against “corporate greed” and polluters.  They chanted for the arrest of billionaires Charles and David Koch …
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Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds march outside Koch brothers' retreat
New York Times:   Protesters Take On Conservative Retreat
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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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Overwhelming majority of Americans in both parties tell GOP to heed the ‘tea party’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
The Huffington Post:
Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S. … WASHINGTON - Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DCCC picks 19 early GOP House targets  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) 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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Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Letter from Kabul: The Great Afghan Bank Heist  —  A guard keeps watch outside Kabul Bank, the focus of a secret investigation that could implicate dozens of Afghan officials and businessmen for corruption worth tens of millions of dollars.  Photograph by Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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New York Times:
Losses at Afghan Bank Could Be $900 Million
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
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.
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 …
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.
Joe / Climate Progress:
Reports: Egyptian and Tunisian riots were driven in part by the spike in global food prices - Food prices were driven up by extreme weather and high oil prices … That's from the NPR story today, “Rising Food Prices Can Topple Governments, Too.”  —  This summer's extreme global weather raised fears of a …
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Marilyn Geewax / NPR:
Rising Food Prices Can Topple Governments, Too
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