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12:15 PM ET, February 1, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
John Bresnahan / Reuters:
GOP cautious on Egypt crisis
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
David Wood / Politics Daily:   U.S. Spent Billions Arming Egypt; Would Schools and Jobs Have …
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
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Health Law Violates Constitution
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
S.D. pols want mandate & #8212; for guns
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.
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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 …
CNN:
Jordan's king dismisses government, appoints new PM
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney: I won't apologize for my Massachusetts health reforms
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney rips Obama in new paperback
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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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
Aljazeera:
Protesters flood Egypt streets  —  More than a million gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square as massive countrywide protests are held against President Mubarak.  —  More than a million protesters have flooded into central Cairo, turning Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital …
Discussion: Open Left and Firedoglake
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al-bab.com:
'Tell Mubarak we don't need his damn Internet'
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.”
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics hires Ensign special counsel  —  In a stunning move, the Senate Ethics Committee has appointed a special counsel to take over the investigation of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), whose affair with the campaign aide married to another senior Ensign staffer shocked Washington in June 2009.
Discussion: The Note
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Senate Ethics Committee moves ahead on Ensign probe, appoints special counsel
Discussion: The Page
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Dems choose Charlotte for 2012 convention  —  Mark Murray writes:From NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro  —  The Democratic National Committee today announced the selection of Charlotte, NC, as the site of the party's 2012 convention, a clear sign that Democrats will once again target …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bolton: Mubarak's Downfall Would Mean We Need To Bomb Iran Sooner  —  Former Bush Ambassador John Bolton has been one of the few defenders of the Mubarak regime in Egypt after massive anti-government protests broke out there last week.  Yesterday on Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio program …
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.
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader
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Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
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David Perel / The Huffington Post:
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rjchq.org:
RJC Announces Gov. Haley Barbour Visit to Israel
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Kerry: Mubarak must say he won't run …
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Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas Sun:
Jeb Bush, James Carville stay close to party lines during UNLV debate
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
With health reform in legal limbo, Dems consider their options
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Brown uses Egypt to urge deep cuts
Discussion: CNN
Guy Giorno / Politics:
Taking a page from Canada's lobbying laws
Will Stewart In Moscow / Daily Mail:
Terrorists threatened to kill my baby unless I became a Black Widow …
The Official Google Blog:
Some weekend work that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard