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10:55 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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Wall Street Journal:
The Constitutional Moment  —  Judge Vinson introduces ObamaCare to Madison and Marshall.  —  'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.  In framing a government …
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner ‘still pissed’ about public option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Mubarak Offers to Negotiate
David Wood / Politics Daily:   U.S. Spent Billions Arming Egypt; Would Schools and Jobs Have …
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-bab.com:
'Tell Mubarak we don't need his damn Internet'
Stuart Ramsay / Sky News:
Egyptian Army: ‘We Will Not Use Force’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Jordan's King Dismisses Cabinet  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday, in the face of a wave of demands of public accountability sweeping the Arab world and bringing throngs of demonstrators in the streets of Egypt.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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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 …
Agence France Presse:
Jordan king fires govt, names new PM after protests  —  AMMAN — King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday sacked the government of Samir Rifai and named Maruf Bakhit as prime minister with orders to carry out “true political reforms,” the palace said, after weeks of opposition protests demanding change.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care challenges could rescue Romney
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.
 
 
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Samantha Gross / Associated Press:
NYC mayor conducts gun-sale sting in Arizona
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
With health reform in legal limbo, Dems consider their options
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Romney laps the GOP field in fundraising
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Brown uses Egypt to urge deep cuts
Discussion: CNN
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Taking a page from Canada's lobbying laws
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera English Finds an Audience
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Will Stewart In Moscow / Daily Mail:
Terrorists threatened to kill my baby unless I became a Black Widow …
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Egypt's Web blockade raises concerns about ‘kill switch’ for Internet
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Government's Dietary Advice: Eat Less
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No SOTU Bump for Obama, but Approval Remains Higher
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People