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9:50 AM ET, February 1, 2011

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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Judge uses Obama's words against him  —  **FILE** President Obama talks about his health care plan, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H.(Associated Press)  —  In ruling against President Obama's health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama's own position …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Health Law Violates Constitution  —  A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin …
Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog:
Judicial Activism and the Affordable Care Act  —  Today, a judge in Florida issued a decision in a case filed by 25 Republican Attorneys General and Governors striking down the Affordable Care Act.  This ruling is well out of the mainstream of judicial opinion.
Ezra Klein:
What happens if conservatives succeed in undermining the ACA?  —  The legal theory currently in vogue in conservative circles holds that the Constitution's vision of “a central government with limited power” — to use Judge Vinson's phrase — permits the government to establish …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner ‘still pissed’ about public option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?  —  Things are about to go from bad to worse in the Middle East.  An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is nowhere in sight.  Lebanon just became a Hezbollah state, which is to say that Iran has become an even more important regional power, and Egypt …
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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 …
Douglas Hamilton / Reuters:
Israel shocked by Obama's “betrayal” of Mubarak  —  (Reuters) - If Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government  —  But the Muslim Brotherhood must renounce violence and support democracy, the White House says.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood …
David Wood / Politics Daily:   U.S. Spent Billions Arming Egypt; Would Schools and Jobs Have …
Wall Street Journal:
Mubarak Offers to Negotiate
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
Michael Downey / World Policy Institute:
An Interview with the Brotherhood
The Official Google Blog:
Some weekend work that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard  —  Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground.  Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service …
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Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog Feb 1 - Egypt protests  —  on January 31st, 2011.  —  From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez.  Live Blog: Jan28 - Jan29 - Jan30 - Jan31 - Feb1  —  Anger in Egypt spotlight page …
al-bab.com:
'Tell Mubarak we don't need his damn Internet'
BBC:
Egypt protests: Army rules out the use of force
Discussion: Aljazeera and Outside the Beltway
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bush Child, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage  —  The Bush dynasty is no stranger to generational conflict: father and son differed over deposing Saddam Hussein, raising taxes and the role of the United Nations.  —  Now it is father and daughter who find themselves at odds over a weighty issue.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bush daughter Barbara supports gay marriage
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Denny Rehberg to Announce Senate Bid Saturday  —  Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will announce Saturday he is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).  —  “It's happening Saturday,” said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative.  “He's running.  There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win.”
Associated Press:
Jordan's King Dismisses Cabinet After Protests  —  AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Royal Palace says the king has sacked his government in the wake of street protests and has asked an ex-army general to form a new Cabinet.  —  King Abdullah's move comes after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Government's Dietary Advice: Eat Less  —  The latest nutrition guidelines released Monday by the federal government reiterate much of the advice from previous years: eat less salt and saturated fats, eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains.  —  But there is a startling difference.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney: I won't apologize for my Massachusetts health reforms  —  Mitt Romney (R) said Tuesday he wouldn't apologize for the healthcare plan he created as governor of Massachusetts.  —  Romney waged a defense of his state's healthcare plan, perhaps his biggest hurdle to clear if he hopes …
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Britain secretly advised Libya how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber  —  Ministers secretly advised Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan regime how to secure the successful early release of the Lockerbie bomber, documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph have disclosed.
Lila Rose / Big Government:
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.
Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People  —  This seems to be the lesson that our nation's leaders are trying to pound home to us.  According to the New York Times, members of Congress are secretly running around in closets and back alleys working up a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy.
 
 
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Brown uses Egypt to urge deep cuts
Discussion: CNN
Guy Giorno / Politics:
Taking a page from Canada's lobbying laws
Argus Leader:
Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera English Finds an Audience
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Social Security Is ‘Off The Table’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Will Stewart In Moscow / Daily Mail:
Terrorists threatened to kill my baby unless I became a Black Widow …
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Egypt's Web blockade raises concerns about ‘kill switch’ for Internet
Discussion: RedState
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Kohl Loans Warchest $1 Million
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy confession: ‘I no longer feel left wing’
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Will Chris Matthews and MSNBC Spend Week Bashing Schumer's Branches …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Breitbart updates the Pigford story; Update: Video fixed
Discussion: HillBuzz.org and RedState
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No SOTU Bump for Obama, but Approval Remains Higher
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Helen Pow / NEWS.com.au:
Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills such as cooking, ironing and sewing
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List