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1:45 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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quest for Dignity  —  I wonder if sometime around 50 years ago …
Discussion: POMED
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.”
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW THE MEDIA COVERS HEALTH CARE RULINGS.... Four federal district courts …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Health Law Violates Constitution
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
With health reform in legal limbo, Dems consider their options
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
Stephanie Cutter / White Blog:
Judicial Activism and the Affordable Care Act
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
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 …
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
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care challenges could rescue Romney
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: Romney Says ‘Massachusetts Is A Model For Getting Everybody Insured’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
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 …
Political Punch:
Democrats to Hold 2012 Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the DNC announced today.  —  During the week of September 3rd the party's convention …
Discussion: Mediaite and FrumForum
First Read /
Dems choose Charlotte for 2012 convention
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Charlotte to host Democratic convention
Discussion: CNN
Shane Goldmacher / PolitiCal:
State of the State: Brown cites unrest in Egypt to make his case for budget vote  —  Citing the pro-democracy unrest in Egypt and Tunisia, Gov. Jerry Brown called it “unconscionable” that GOP legislators are vowing to block his attempt to ask voters to extend tax hikes to balance the budget.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Brown uses Egypt to urge deep cuts
Discussion: CNN
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?
Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas Sun:
Jeb Bush, James Carville stay close to party lines during UNLV debate  —  Political strategist James Carville, left, listens to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a Barrick Lecture Series at UNLV Monday, January 31, 2011.  Jon Ralston, center, moderated the discussion.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jeb says he'd run on Bush legacy
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
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 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.
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Senate ethics panel launches Ensign probe  —  The Senate ethics committee announced Tuesday that it has begun an investigation of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who has been accused of using his position to improperly help a former aide.  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman …
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
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Chicago Breaking Business:
Low-wage job growth seen as hurdle to recovery
F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt: Where Does the Money Go …
Discussion: Facing South and Mondoweiss
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Coleman says he won't challenge Sen. Klobuchar in 2012
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS and National Review
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Yellow Pages ban to be considered
Discussion: SFist, The Moderate Voice and Gizmodo
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Will Carney's Voice Carry?
 Earlier Items: 
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