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3:35 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.
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. 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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Largest Crowds Yet Demand Change in Egypt  —  CAIRO — Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square on Tuesday in scenes of jubilation and protest that cut across Egypt's entrenched lines of piety, class and ideology, marking the largest demonstration yet against the nearly 30-year rule …
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
Egyptian Lt. Gen. Sami Enan to take over for Mubarak?
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. envoy tells Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step aside
Discussion: The Hill, Political Punch and POMED
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quest for Dignity  —  I wonder if sometime around 50 years ago …
Discussion: POMED
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How They're Attacking Obama  —  Matt Yglesias takes …
Discussion: driftglass and American Power
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
John Kerry: Egypt's Mubarak Must ‘Step Aside Gracefully’
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Weak Link in Judge Vinson's Opinion Striking Down the Mandate  —  I agree with Ilya that “Judge Vinson's analysis of the Necessary and Proper Clause is a big improvement on Judge Henry Hudson's performance in the recent Virginia ruling striking down the mandate.”
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 …
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 that Michael Moynihan calls “the dumbest thing ever broadcast on (non-cable access) television.”  If you've never tuned into Beck's show, it's worth watching, because you might be under the misimpression that he's just a Bill O'Reilly-style blowhard …
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
GOP source: McConnell to offer health care repeal amendment as soon as today … Washington (CNN) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell just announced in his party's private weekly lunch that he intends to offer health care repeal legislation as an amendment to an FAA bill currently on the floor …
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP leader McConnell to force Senate vote on healthcare repeal
Vicki Needham / The Hill:   Senate Appropriations announces earmark ban
George's Bottom Line:
Mitt Romney: No Apology for Individual Health Care Mandate  —  On the kick off to his “No Apology” book tour Mitt Romney is on message - refusing to apologize for the Massachusetts health care law that, like President Obama's federal legislation, requires citizens to buy health insurance.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney: I won't apologize for my Massachusetts health reforms
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Jordan's King Dismisses Cabinet as Tremors Spread Through Region  —  AMMAN, Jordan — 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 to the streets of Egypt.
Associated Press:
Jordan's King Dismisses Cabinet After Protests
The Note:
Sen. Norm Coleman Passes on Klobuchar Challenge  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  While former Sen. Norm Coleman has said publicly that he may return to public service, today he ruled out challenging Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.  —  “I'm not going to run against Amy Klobuchar …
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC and National Review
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Coleman says he won't challenge Sen. Klobuchar in 2012
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Barbour Heading To Israel  —  Add Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to the list of potential 2012 White House contenders visiting Israel.  —  The Republican Jewish Coalition announced Tuesday that it is sponsoring Barbour's trip Israel starting this weekend.
Discussion: The Greenroom, GOP 12 and FrumForum
Associated Press:
Huckabee Says No Palestinian State in West Bank
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Democrats Pick Charlotte, N.C., to Host 2012 Convention … The Democratic National Committee has selected Charlotte, N.C., as the site of the party's 2012 presidential nominating convention.  The DNC announced the selection for the 46th quadrennial gathering on Tuesday morning.  Republicans earlier chose Tampa.
Discussion: Washington Wire and AOL News
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.
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
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Exclusive: Wall Street Execs On New Terror Threat Info  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  Security officials are warning the leaders of major Wall Street banks that al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen …
Discussion: TBogg and Gawker
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
FOXLEAKS: Bill Sammon's October Surprise  —  During the final days of the 2008 presidential race, Bill Sammon used his position as a top Fox News editor to engage in a campaign to link then-Sen. Barack Obama to “Marxists” and “socialism,” internal Fox documents and a review of his televised appearances show.
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Josiah Ryan / Ballot Box:
Dem says spending-cap bill ‘could cost me my Senate seat’ in 2012
Discussion: The Note
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
Looters included undercover Egyptian police, hospitals tell Human Rights Watch
Discussion: Gawker, Raw Story and Global Guerrillas
New York Times:
G.O.P. Governors Take Aim at Teacher Tenure
Discussion: Hit & Run and NBC Chicago
F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt: Where Does the Money Go …
Discussion: Facing South and Mondoweiss
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Yellow Pages ban to be considered
Discussion: SFist and The Moderate Voice
Agence France Presse:
Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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