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6:55 PM ET, February 1, 2011


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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Urges Mubarak Not to Run Again  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has told the embattled president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, that he should not run for another term in elections in the fall, effectively withdrawing American support for its closest Arab ally, according to American diplomats in Cairo and Washington.
Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Presidency Again  —  Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not leave Egypt although he would step down from the presidency at the end of his term, due to end when the country holds a presidential election in September.
John Kerry / New York Times:
Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt  —  EVEN if the protests shaking Egypt subside in the coming days, the chaos of the last week has forever changed the relationship between the Egyptian people and their government.  The anger and aspirations propelling a diverse range of citizens …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. envoy tells Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step aside  —  Frank Wisner, an envoy sent to Cairo at President Obama's request, tells Hosni Mubarak that he should not be part of the ‘transition’ that the U.S. has called for.  ‘This message was plainly rebuffed,’ says a source.
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
Egyptian Lt. Gen. Sami Enan to take over for Mubarak?  —  BREAKING NEWS!!!  —  Lt. General of the Egyptian Armed Forces seen as likely successor  —  From Eric Dondero:  —  The French daily, Le Quotidien has just reported: … My translation: … Le Quotidien links directly to the main Muslim Brotherhood website.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How They're Attacking Obama  —  Matt Yglesias takes …
Discussion: Jay Bookman
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quest for Dignity  —  I wonder if sometime around 50 years ago …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Sources: Obama envoy urged Mubarak to drop re-election plans
David Perel / The Huffington Post:
Technology & Psychology: The Never-Before-Revealed Details of Why John Edwards Finally Confessed to Affair  —  It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating.  —  That was the easy part.  —  Even after gathering and publishing overwhelming proof …
Discussion: USA Today, and Cheap Talk
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Webb raises $12K in final quarter of 2010
David Catanese / The Politico:
Jim Webb's 12,000 tea leaves
Discussion: USA Today and Hotline On Call
Lila Rose / Big Journalism:
Shock Investigation: Planned Parenthood Advises ‘Pimp’ on Underage Sex Trafficking, Secret Abortions for Minors  —  Over the past four years, our investigative team has revealed repeated cases of Planned Parenthood affiliates covering up the statutory rape of underage girls and enabling sexual abusers.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Planned Parenthood offering advice to pimps?  Update: Did PP call the feds?  —  Live Action released another undercover expose of Planned Parenthood today, this time at the Perth Amboy, New Jersey clinic.  Posing as a pimp and a prostitute, the pair asked the PP manager how best …
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
HOAX VIDEO EXPOSED: Planned Parenthood Already Reported “Sex Trafficking” To FBI  —  Today, anti-abortion rights propagandist Lila Rose released her latest in a series of heavily edited videos seeking to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood engages in criminal activities.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE MEDIA COVERS HEALTH CARE RULINGS.... Four federal district courts have heard challenges testing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Two judges concluded the law is legally permissible, two came to the opposite conclusion.  —  But it occurs to me the public has heard quite …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Weak Link in Judge Vinson's Opinion Striking Down the Mandate
Argus Leader:
Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun  —  Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”  —  The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A VISION OF FOREIGN POLICY THAT ONLY BECK CAN PROVIDE.... Over the last year or so, Fox News' Glenn Beck has lost about a third of his audience, which is a pretty significant drop, and may very well lead the deranged media personality to think of ways to bring viewers back.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“This Is Important Stuff”  —  Above is a Glenn Beck clip …
John Hudson / Los Angeles Times:
Rachel Maddow and NBC Struggle With Satire  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The Internet's finest satirists hooked a big fish in the media world last night.  In an embarrassing segment on her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow slammed conservatives for attacking President Obama's Egypt policies.
Larry O'Connor /
MSNBC's Maddow Reports Internet Spoof Story as Fact
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Senate to hold vote on repeal of health care law  —  By: CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate leaders from both political parties have agreed to hold a vote on legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - a top priority of GOP congressional leaders.
Discussion: The Note
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP leader McConnell to force Senate vote on healthcare repeal
Discussion: TPMDC, and Wonk Room
Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:
Valerie Jarrett to uniformed general: More wine, garçon!  —  In Washington, bigwigs can misspeak and misstep a million times without drawing attention.  And then there are the seemingly harmless moments that stick to a person like super glue: Joe Wilson barking “You lie!”
American Prospect:
Romney Still Has a Health-Care Problem.  —  As a GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney's main problem is that he signed Massachusetts' universal health-care bill, which is structurally similar to the reforms signed by President Obama.  In the past, Romney has tried to elide this problem …
Pew Hispanic Center:
Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010  —  As of March 2010, 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, virtually unchanged from a year earlier, according to new estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
Ezra Klein:
An interview with Mark Pauly, father of the individual mandate  —  In 1991, economist Mark Pauly was the lead author of a Health Affairs paper attempting to persuade President George H.W. Bush and his administration to adopt a universal health-care proposal that would keep the government from eventually taking over the sector.
New York Times:
King of Jordan Dismisses His Cabinet  —  AMMAN, Jordan — King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government on Tuesday following weeks of demonstrations challenging his regime, part of a wave of demands of public accountability sweeping the Arab world that has brought throngs of demonstrators into the streets of Egypt.
WikiLeaks: FBI hunts the 9/11 gang that got away  —  The FBI has launched a manhunt for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 attacks, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  An airliner explodes in a fireball as it hits the south tower of the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Democrat co-sponsors balanced budget amendment
Discussion: Hot Air
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Moseley Braun apologizes to opponent she called crack addict
David Eldridge / Washington Times:
Tardy senator draws dressing-down
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
DeMint up in SC, Huckabee otherwise
Discussion: GOP 12
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Baroness Ashton in political correctness row over word ‘Christian’
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Josiah Ryan / Ballot Box:
Dem says spending-cap bill ‘could cost me my Senate seat’ in 2012
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Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
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Discussion: TBogg and Gawker
Washington Wire:
Democrats Pick Charlotte for 2012 Convention
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Yellow Pages ban to be considered
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and SFist
Agence France Presse:
Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader