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12:50 PM ET, February 2, 2011


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New York Times:
Clashes Erupt in Cairo Between Mubarak's Allies and Foes  —  CAIRO — President Obama's calls for a rapid transition to a new order in Egypt seemed eclipsed on Wednesday as thousands of demonstrators for and against President Hosni Mubarak, some on horses and camels, fought running battles in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Wall Street Journal:
Egypt's Army Calls for End to Protests  —  By MARGARET COKER and CHARLES LEVINSON in Cairo and JONATHAN WEISMAN in Washington  —  Egypt's army called on protesters to return home Wednesday, and Internet connections were restored, as the government moved to restore some normalcy after a wrenching week of protests.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
B.E., Before Egypt.  A.E., After Egypt.  —  I'm meeting a retired Israeli general at a Tel Aviv hotel.  As I take my seat, he begins the conversation with: “Well, everything we thought for the last 30 years is no longer relevant.”  —  That pretty much sums up the disorienting sense of shock …
Click to watch video  —  [Update 4:59 p.m. Cairo, 9:59 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter Marianamin is an American living in a suburb an hour north of Cairo.  She says her friends and neighbors “don't know who they want in, but they just know they want Mubarak out. ...  Their thinking is he had 30 years to make changes.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
GOP 2012-ers cold on Egypt strategy
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton plays key role in dance with Hosni Mubarak
Discussion: Wonkette and Reuters
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Wisconsin attorney general: “Health care law is dead”  —  Okay, so here's the next frontier in the war over the Affordable Care Act: Republican state officials around the country who are hostile to the law may now seize on Judge Vinson's decision yesterday to threaten to stop implementing it — right now.
Publius /
The alternatives to the health care law
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Neocons Split with Israel Over Egypt  —  Well, this is interesting.  The neoconservative (or liberal interventionist) wing of American Jewish political thought (not that all neocons are Jewish, God forbid anyone should think that!) is cheering on the revolution in Egypt …
Discussion: New York Times and Harry's Place
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Neocons vs. Israel
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mike Stark /
Will Boehner's be the shortest Speakership ever?  —  [UPDATE] In the comments, Boy Culture's Matthew Rettenmund leaves a link to photos of the National Enquirer story.  Can't quite make out the text, but it's a two-page spread.  —  Remember the videos at the bottom of this post?
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and The Impolitic
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate moves closer to deal repealing 1099 provision in healthcare law  —  The Senate this week seems closer than ever to approving a repeal of the widely opposed 1099 language in last year's healthcare law, with Democrats and Republicans prepared to support nearly identical repeal language.
Discussion: The Note and Michelle Malkin
Wall Street Journal:
Senate to Vote on Health-Law Repeal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
An Answer for Bill  —  Last week on his show Bill O'Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me.  I appreciate the question.  As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question …
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.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Maddow Blames Beck and Other Conservatives for Her Getting Duped by Satirical Website  —  As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday got duped by a satirical website quoting from their spoof article about Sarah Palin advocating an attack on Egypt as if it was a serious commentary.
Dave Mosher / Wired Science:
Satellite Shows Winter Megastorm Painting U.S. White  —  A NASA photograph of the Midwest megastorm gives profound visual truth to what it means for a snowstorm to blanket the United States.  —  The image was captured from space Jan. 31 by the GOES 13 satellite, which regularly photographs …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The Kochs fight back  —  RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Faced with an avalanche of bad publicity after years of funding conservative causes in relative anonymity, the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, Charles and David, are fighting back.  —  They've hired a team of p.r. pros with experience working …
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Weigel and The New Republic
Susan K. Livio / New Jersey Online:
Central Jersey Planned Parenthood fires worker after release of undercover video  —  PERTH AMBOY — The man and woman walked into the Planned Parenthood clinic in Perth Amboy sounding like the operators of a child sex ring looking for help with their business.
Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:
Valerie Jarrett to uniformed general: More wine, garçon!  —  In Washington, bigwigs can misspeak and misstep a million times without drawing attention.  And then there are the seemingly harmless moments that stick to a person like super glue: Joe Wilson barking “You lie!”
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
All The Daily Details Leaked  —  Just minutes before the presentation, here are all the details of Murdoch's The Daily iPad newspaper, sent by Rupert himself.  $40 will get you a subscription to 365 days of these contents:  —  • Over 100 pages of original news, life, entertainment, opinion and sports-every single day of the year
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawmakers press Supreme Court for verdict on healthcare law  —  Democratic and Republican lawmakers believe the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the fate of President Obama's healthcare law, and some of them are already exerting pressure on the justices.
Michelle Malkin:
Stop the hate campaign against law-abiding American businesses  —  My column today spotlights the left-wing/New York Times alliance against Chick-Fil-A. Anti-corporate/anti-Christian blogs + MSM advocacy journalism = job-sabotaging smear machine.  —  Chick-Fil-A isn't the only one in the …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's antique vision of technological progress  —  Barack Obama, like all American politicians, likes to portray himself as future-oriented and open to technological progress.  Yet the vision he set out in his State of the Union address is oddly antique and disturbingly static.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
President Obama snubs Issa on first major document deadline  —  TheDC Exclusive - The Obama administration snubbed top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa on his first major document deadline as new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sending a short letter promising …
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
The Tiger Mother versus Cost-Benefit Analysis  —  One of my favorite economists urged me to cut this passage from Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: … In his view, my three questions were banal and useless.  I begged to differ.  Sure, this advice is just common sense.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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