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2:55 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quest for Dignity  —  I wonder if sometime around 50 years ago …
Discussion: POMED
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
Egyptian Lt. Gen. Sami Enan to take over for Mubarak?
Fox News:
Egyptian President Mubarak Will Reportedly Step Down
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Edmund Blair / Reuters:   Million Egyptians clamor for Mubarak to go
Huge protests fan Egypt unrest
Discussion: Time and FrumForum
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
John Kerry: Egypt's Mubarak Must ‘Step Aside Gracefully’
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Douglas Hamilton / Reuters:
Israel shocked by Obama's “betrayal” of Mubarak
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 …
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: TPMDC and National Review
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Coleman says he won't challenge Sen. Klobuchar in 2012  —  Former Sen. Norm Coleman will not challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in 2012, he said Tuesday.  —  “I'm not going to run against Amy Klobuchar,” the Minnesota Republican said in an interview with ABC News's Topline.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Norm Coleman won't challenge Amy Klobuchar in 2012
Discussion: FrumForum
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?
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: 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
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Dem calls GOP rape-redefining bill ‘a violent act against women’  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Monday tore into House Republicans for proposing legislation that would limit access to abortion coverage for some rape victims.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Bill Redefining Rape To Prevent Abortions …
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMDC
Agence France Presse:
Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader  —  TUNIS — Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday.  —  “Someone set fire to the synagogue on Monday night and the Torah scrolls were burned,” Trabelsi Perez told AFP …
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
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
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
FOXLEAKS: Bill Sammon's October Surprise
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
RNC Is $23 Million in Debt, Says Chairman Reince Priebus
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Fix
New York Times:
G.O.P. Governors Take Aim at Teacher Tenure
Discussion: Hit & Run, NBC Chicago and FrumForum
Washington Wire:
Democrats Pick Charlotte for 2012 Convention
Discussion: Politics Daily and AOL News
Associated Press:
Huckabee Says No Palestinian State in West Bank
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, The Moderate Voice and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses Empty
Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas Sun:
Jeb Bush, James Carville stay close to party lines during UNLV debate
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bush Child, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage