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12:40 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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry calls for Mubarak to step aside
Discussion: Washington Post
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quest for Dignity  —  I wonder if sometime around 50 years ago …
Discussion: POMED
John Bresnahan / Reuters:
GOP cautious on Egypt crisis
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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.”
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: What the Vinson ruling means  —  Wonkbook today has plenty of analysis — both political and legal — of Judge Vinson's ruling against the Affordable Care Act.  The bottom line of much of it is that the fate of the legislation is now, as it was last week, in the hands of Anthony Kennedy.
Stephanie Cutter / White Blog:
Judicial Activism and the Affordable Care Act
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE MEDIA COVERS HEALTH CARE RULINGS.... Four federal district courts …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
S.D. pols want mandate & #8212; for guns
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care challenges could rescue Romney
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney rips Obama in new paperback
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Jordan's King Dismisses Cabinet After Protests
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 …
Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
Egypt Protests: Will the Real Mohammed ElBaradei Please Stand Up?  —  Jan. 27: Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei talks to members of the media as he arrives at Cairo's airport in Egypt, from Austria.
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
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.
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
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Senate Ethics Committee moves ahead on Ensign probe, appoints special counsel
Discussion: The Page
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.
First Read /
Dems choose Charlotte for 2012 convention  —  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 the Tar Heel State in the upcoming presidential contest.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Legislative proposal puts abortion rights supporters on alert
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Jack Chang / Capitol Alert:
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Agence France Presse:
Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Atlas Shrugs
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses Empty
David Perel / The Huffington Post:
Technology & Psychology: The Never-Before-Revealed Details …
Discussion: USA Today
RJC Announces Gov. Haley Barbour Visit to Israel
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas Sun:
Jeb Bush, James Carville stay close to party lines during UNLV debate
Discussion: The Politico
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
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