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9:50 PM ET, February 2, 2011

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Christiane Amanpour / ABCNEWS:
Egypt Protests Turn Violent  —  Pro- and Anti-Mubarak Crowds Collide in the Worst Clashes Since Friday  —  We just got back to the hotel after trying to film on the bridge into Tahrir Square.  —  An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Fox Takes 50 Minute Break From Regular Programming To Run News Corp Infomercial  —  As Americans and the world are gripped by the ongoing crisis in Egypt, news organizations have devoted wall-to-wall coverage to the protests — that is, except for Fox News, which interrupted its news programing …
New York Times:
Clashes Erupt Between Mubarak's Allies and Foes  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak struck back at his opponents on Wednesday, unleashing waves of his supporters armed with clubs, rocks, knives and firebombs in a concerted assault on thousands of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square calling for an end to his authoritarian rule.
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic Online:
The Battle in Cairo's Tahrir Square  —  A first-hand account from our correspondent on the scene in Egypt  —  CAIRO, Egypt — The Egyptian protest started getting violent early this afternoon, a few minutes after a cheerful girl, about 14 years old, handed me a caramel.
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
ElBaradei's Ultimatum to Mubarak: 48 Hours to Leave the Country  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Egyptian uprising idol Mohammed ElBaradei has ordered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave the country by Friday - or he will be a “dead man walking” and not just a lame-duck president.
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
The View From Tahrir  —  Today President Mubarak seems to have decided to crack down on the democracy movement, using not police or army troops but rather mobs of hoodlums and thugs.  I've been spending hours on Tahrir today, and it is absurd to think of this as simply “clashes” between two rival groups.
Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt … Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt Wednesday.  —  CNN producer Steve Brusk Tweeted, “Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration.”
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Time For Obama To Cut Mubarak Loose
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama ‘Very Concerned’ About Mubarak Delaying Transfer Of Power
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
How the White House Approached Egyptian Turmoil
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House on time for Egyptian transition: ‘Now means now’
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
A scene of violent chaos in Cairo
Discussion: The Foundry, Examiner and Pajamas Media
Sara Sorcher / NationalJournal.com:
Yemen's President Will Not Seek Reelection
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Senate rejects healthcare repeal  —  The Senate on Wednesday voted down a repeal of President Obama's healthcare law in a 47-51 party-line vote.  —  The vote came two weeks to the day the Republican House voted 245-189 to repeal the law, and just days after a federal judge ruled Obama's …
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The Onion:
Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth  —  House Republicans say the bill, which was passed to stop the giant asteroid from hitting Earth, is ‘big government at its worst.’  —  WASHINGTON—In a strong rebuke of President Obama and his domestic agenda …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
The Politico:
Florida to Barack Obama: Keep your health care reform cash  —  No thanks.  That's what the state of Florida is saying to the Obama administration, declining a $1 million grant to implement the health law.  —  The move follows this week's federal court decision declaring the law unconstitutional.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate votes to repeal healthcare law's ‘1099’ tax reporting language  —  The Senate tonight voted to repeal controversial language in last year's healthcare bill that requires companies to report goods and services transactions worth $600 or more to the IRS.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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The Note:
Senate Poised To Vote On Health Care Repeal  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  The US Senate today is poised to vote on repealing President Obama's controversial new health care law.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today on the Senate floor that the repeal vote will likely occur sometime late this afternoon.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Senate repeals part of health care law
Discussion: Firedoglake, Liberal Values and CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Senator seeks expedited Supreme Court review of health care law
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House reporters complain Obama is shutting them out  —  White House reporters criticized President Obama on Wednesday for providing too little information and access to the media during the crisis in Egypt.  —  In a letter to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm, FrumForum and Don Surber
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Signs START Treaty, Doesn't Allow Reporters in the Room
Discussion: Mediaite and Pajamas Media
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Meet in Oval Office
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
SEIU fights healthcare repeal after obtaining waivers from law  —  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is lobbying hard against the amendment offered by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to repeal the healthcare reform law.  —  SEIU has sent e-mails …
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Elana Schor / New York Times:
Enviro Groups' Public Health Pivot in Support of EPA Regs Hitting Red States Too  —  The first signs of a shift came even before Election Day 2010, arriving as letters (pdf) and dramatic ads (pdf).  But as the 112th Congress gets to work, environmental groups are stepping up their transition toward …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kirk Cites Al Gore's Personal Life As Impetus For Climate Flip-Flop
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Democrats reach for the shiny object  —  Look At the Shiny Object  —  Yesterday Debbie Wasserman-Shultz came out swinging against the latest GOP assault on women, calling the new requirement that only those who are the victims of “forcible” rape be entitled to government funded abortion, “violence against women” and she's right.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Open Left and Firedoglake
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Reagan's Solicitor General Charles Fried: ‘I Am Quite Sure That The Health Care Mandate Is Constitutional’  —  In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on “The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act,” President Ronald Reagan's former Solicitor General — Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Paul: Should the Tea Party compromise?  —  Washington (CNN) - During his first speech on the Senate floor, Tea Party champion Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, brought up what may be a dirty word for some of his constituents: compromise.  —  “Many ask will the Tea Party compromise?
David Brody / The Brody File:
Mitch Daniels Playing With Fire  —  Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels may very well run for President.  If he does, he's got some work to do with social conservatives.  —  The other day on Laura Ingraham's radio show, Daniels re-iterated his call for a “truce” on social issues while America gets its economic house in order.
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Daniels wants to ‘mute’ debate over social issues
Discussion: Shakesville
David Rittgers / Cato @ Liberty:
We're All Terrorists Now  —  The Tennessee ACLU sent a letter to public schools warning them not to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.  The Tennessee Fusion Center (H/T Uncle) put the communication on its map of “terrorism events and other suspicious activity”:
Stanton Peele / Wall Street Journal:
A Toast to Your Health  —  Warning: Alcohol may increase your life expectancy and reduce dementia.  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Monday.  There weren't many surprises in its recommendations to reduce fat and salt, eat whole grains, and cut the overall amount we eat.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Egypt Is A Very Large Proportion of the Arab World  —  I knew Egypt was the largest population of the Arab countries, but until I looked up the numbers I didn't realize how dramatically the demographics of the Arab world are weighted toward Egypt:  —  What's more, a healthy share of Iraqis …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
The Note:
Sen. Tester: GOP Opponent Stands with Michele Bachmann  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Sen. Jon Tester is coming out swinging in his reelection race, immediately tying his new Republican opponent to tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann as he makes the case that his rival favors cuts to veterans' programs.
Discussion: MyDD, TPMDC and Swing State Project
yosemite.epa.gov:
News Releases from Headquarters  — EPA Home - Newsroom - News Releases from Headquarters - EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic ....  EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water  —  Contact Information: Jalil Isa (News Media Only) …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Milbank is still a Palin ‘virgin’  —  Dana Milbank just shot over an e-mail letting us know it wasn't him who posted - under his name - an item on the Post Partisan blog pointing out that he had “survived” the fist day of his month-long Palin “moratorium.”  —  We posted an item earlier …
 
 
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