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10:40 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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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 …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
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
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.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and The Daily Caller
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House official cites ‘education problem’ on climate
Discussion: YID With LID and Weasel Zippers
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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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 …
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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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
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.
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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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USA Today:
Obama adviser turns sights to 2012 campaign  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's re-election campaign will be launched this spring so it can begin building on advances in social media to target voters and start raising even more money than the record-breaking sums of 2008, senior adviser David Axelrod says.
New York Times:
Losses at Afghan Bank Could Be $900 Million  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Fraud and mismanagement at Afghanistan's largest bank have resulted in potential losses of as much as $900 million — three times previous estimates — heightening concerns that the bank could collapse and trigger …
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
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Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Letter from Kabul: The Great Afghan Bank Heist
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Shaken as Turbulence Rocks an Ally
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Tom Brown / Reuters:
US judge may escalate battle over healthcare reform  —  * Ruling marks major challenge to federal authority  —  * Judge may seek to invalidate law, order injunction  —  A Florida judge could on Monday become the second U.S. judge to declare President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law unconstitutional …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
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
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
 
 
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Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
Sen. Rubio will not attend CPAC
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Billy Graham / msnbc.com:
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Fox News:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House John …
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Kai Bird / Slate:
Obama's “Shah Problem”
David Nather / The Politico:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Cross of Rubber  —  Last Saturday, reported The Financial Times …
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Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:
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Wall Street Journal:
Professor Cornpone  —  Ethanol lobbyist Newt Gingrich and us—and the future of the GOP
Maggie Fick / Christian Science Monitor:
It's official: South Sudan set to secede with a 99.57 percent vote
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
While He Fiddled On Obamacare  —  Obama does bear responsibility …