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12:20 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Devil We Know  —  As the world ponders the fate of Egypt after Hosni Mubarak, Americans should ponder this: It's quite possible that if Mubarak had not ruled Egypt as a dictator for the last 30 years, the World Trade Center would still be standing.  —  This is true even though Mubarak's regime …
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
Chuck Williams / Ledger-Enquirer.com:
President Jimmy Carter calls Egypt unrest 'earth-shaking event …
Discussion: Raw Story
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) …
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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
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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’
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
The Fix:
DCCC targets 19 with first media offensive  —  In the first major media salvo of its effort to reclaim the House in 2012, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching an advertising campaign against 19 targeted Republican incumbents.  —  The radio ads, web ads …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DCCC picks 19 early GOP House targets
Discussion: theblogprof and JammieWearingFool
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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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.
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
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.
 
 
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