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3:15 PM ET, January 31, 2011

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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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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) …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
‘A lot of room’ for Huntsman in GOP race, adviser says
Discussion: GOP 12
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
Discussion: Cubachi
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Daley Debuts as White House Spokesman, to Poor Results
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Hill
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Balancing act
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Mubarak ‘will have to leave,’ says Carter  —  Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will likely be forced to step down because “the people have decided,” according to a news report.  —  “This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Poll: Egyptian Public's Views Toward United States Are Much Improved  —  Understandably, there's been a lot of concern about what sort of regime might replace Hosni Mubarak's in Egypt, if a new one replaces it at all.  —  How friendly might a new regime be toward the United States, for instance?
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama administration aligns itself with protests in Egypt with call …
BBC:
Egypt protests enter seventh day
BBC:
Key points  — Egyptians are holding a seventh day of mass demonstrations calling for President Mubarak to step down.  — Military helicopters continue to circle over Cairo's central Tahrir Square where crowds of people defied an overnight curfew.  — Police in Egypt are returning …
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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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The uncivil left  —  Showing no concern for the new civility push that followed the Arizona massacre, a group of leftist activists from groups including Code Pink, Common Cause and jewel of liberal think tanks, the Center for American Progress, turned into a loud mob complete with Nazi imagery outside …
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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.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
‘Pay China First’ — Republicans' Wild Plan To Avoid U.S. Debt Default  —  New Republican legislation in the House and Senate would force the U.S. government to reroute huge amounts of money to China and other creditors in the event that Congress fails to raise its debt ceiling.
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.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Income Inequality In The U.S. Is Worse Than In Egypt  —  Protests in Egypt continued for a seventh day today, and pro-democracy demonstrators are organizing a “march of millions” to take place tomorrow.  As financial markets dip across the Middle East, financial prognosticators are trying …
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
New York City Investigates Arizona Gun Show  —  PHOENIX — Weeks after a shooting left six dead and 13 injured in Tucson, New York City sent undercover investigators to an Arizona gun show and found instances in which private sellers sold semiautomatic pistols even after buyers said they probably …
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 …
Bnyhan / Brendan Nyhan:
Overstating Reagan's effect on public opinion  —  Time's cover story on Ronald Reagan's influence on President Obama opens with this anecdote (emphasis added): … We can't be sure whether this passage accurately reflects Obama's thoughts about Reagan or the authors' own perceptions …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap?  Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List  —  In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals.  More than 3.5 million articles in English?  Done.  More than 250 languages?  Sure.  —  But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle …
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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The Politico:
Hillary Clinton calls historic meeting of ambassadors
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Kathleen Hunter / Roll Call:
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huckabee and Voight in Israel
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Ed Driscoll / Boston Globe:
Olbermann misread meaning of ‘Mission Accomplished’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Cross of Rubber  —  Last Saturday, reported The Financial Times …
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