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8:35 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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Christiane Amanpour / ABCNEWS:
Mubarak: ‘If I Resign Today There Will Be Chaos’  —  I've just left the presidential palace in Cairo where I sat down for an exclusive 30-minute interview with President Hosni Mubarak.  — He told me that he is troubled by the violence we have seen in Tahrir Square over the last few days …
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Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Reporter Brian Hartman Threatened With Beheading  —  Attacks on Foreign Press Growing During Egyptian Uprising  —  A group of angry Egyptian men carjacked an ABC News crew and threatened to behead them today in the latest and most menacing attack on foreign reporters trying to cover the anti-government uprising.
New York Times:
Gangs Hunt Journalists and Rights Workers  —  CAIRO — Security forces and gangs chanting in favor of the Egyptian government hunted down journalists at their offices and in the hotels where many had taken refuge on Thursday in a widespread and overt campaign of intimidation aimed at suppressing reports from the capital.
World News:
We've compiled a list of all the journalist who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt.  When you put it all into one list, it is a rather large number in such a short period of time.  (UPDATED - send us more stories if you get them)
TIME NewsFeed / newsfeed.time.com:
TIME Exclusive: CBS's Lara Logan and Crew Detained in Cairo As Violence Escalates  —  Sources have told TIME Magazine that Lara Logan, chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, has been detained along with her crew by Egyptian police outside Cairo's Israeli embassy.
Michael J. Totten / Pajamas Media:
Sandmonkey's Last Post  —  The blogger known as Egyptian Sandmonkey is a friend of mine.  Many Americans read him.  I actually know him.  I met him years ago in Cairo, and he's one of the good guys.  —  I don't know if what's happening in Egypt is a good thing or a bad thing because I don't know how it will end.
Robert Springborg / Foreign Policy:
Game over: The chance for democracy in Egypt is lost
Daily Mail:
UN evacuates staff as violence continues in Egypt for 10th …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:   Again?  CNN's Anderson Cooper Reports His Car Has Been Attacked In Cairo
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Pics of the Day: Homemade Helmets in Egypt...
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Rachel Weiner / The Fix:
Why Sarah Palin keeps skipping CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today turned down an invitation to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference even after being offered the plum keynote speaking spot, the fourth year in a row she's turned down an offer to speak at the event.
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The Note:
Sarah Palin Turns Down Coveted Keynote Speaking Slot At CPAC Conference  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone:  —  UPDATED: After skipping the popular Conservative Political Action Conference for the past three years, Sarah Palin has once again turned down the invitation of CPAC officials to address the conference this year.
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Charlotte charred by FLOTUS roast reference  —  Charlotte residents were ecstatic to hear this week that their city was selected to host the Democratic convention.  But there was one line in the e-mail announcement from First Lady Michelle Obama that made locals say, “Huh?”
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Like Michelle Obama, The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Touts Area's BBQ
Discussion: The Impolitic
Christian Hartsock / Big Government:
White Political Ralliers Call for Lynching of Black Justice (Sorry MSM, No Tea in this Blend)  —  I recently took a two-day trip down to Palm Springs to attend an event called “Uncloaking the Kochs” hosted by Common Cause.  Accompanied by my dear friend, former assembly candidate Alvaro Day …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Koch protests include calls to lynch Clarence Thomas …
Discussion: Instapundit
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / New York Times:
Get Ready for the Muslim Brotherhood  —  WASHINGTON — In 1985, as a teenager in Kenya, I was an adamant member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Seventeen years later, in 2002, I took part in a political campaign to win votes for the conservative party in the Netherlands.
Discussion: Yglesias and American Power
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Sophistry And Defining The Muslim Brotherhood, Ctd
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Scott Shane / New York Times:
As Islamist Group Rises, Its Intentions Are Unclear
Discussion: RubinReports
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
TRENDING: Obama delivers major speech on personal faith  —  President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that “it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed,” in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington.
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CNN:
TRENDING: White House e-mail blackout
Discussion: The Politico
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Fox News Crew Attacked in Egypt
Discussion: PopWatch and AOL News
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP offers $32B budget cut  —  House Republican leaders on Thursday said they would seek $32 billion in spending cuts from the resolution currently funding the government.  —  Republicans framed their proposal as cutting $74 billion from President Obama's 2011 budget request.
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Republicans Propose $32 Billion Cut in Federal Spending
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid blasts House GOP proposal as ‘draconian’ and ‘unworkable’
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
John McCain: ‘Thank God’ Donald Rumsfeld stepped down  —  Sen. John McCain said he “thank[s] God” that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stepped down from the post in 2006 and didn't lead the Pentagon's strategy in Iraq during the last two years of George W. Bush's presidency.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain says ‘centrist’ Obama easier to work with
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP loses ‘forcible rape’ language  —  House Republicans plan to sidestep a charged debate over the distinction between “forcible rape” and “rape” by altering the language of a bill banning taxpayer subsidies for abortions.  —  The provision in question, written as an exemption from the ban …
Laurel Brubaker Calkins / Bloomberg:
U.S. in Contempt Over Gulf Drill Ban, Judge Rules  —  The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater-drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.  —  Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Judge holds Interior in contempt over drilling ban
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Obama Administration Covering Up Abortion Data *Updated* … “The Obama Administration has apparently ordered that the only Federal government report on abortion statistics ... be deep-sixed. ”  —  RedState has uncovered evidence - confirmed by the CDC's own press office …
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NBC Philadelphia:
Cops Charge 7-Year-Old for Bringing Toy Gun to Class  —  Kid charged with possession of a fake firearm after shooting Nerf-style gun  —  A 7-year-old child allegedly shot a Nerf-style toy gun in his Hammonton, N.J., school Jan. 18.  No one was hurt, but the pint-size softshooter now faces misdemeanor criminal charges.
Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
President Carter named in $5 million lawsuit over his “Palestine” book  —  More than four years after its publication, five disgruntled readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Jimmy Carter and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, alleging that his 2006 book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
John Thune Should Run For President  —  I can't think of any reason whatsoever why John Thune is considered a viable presidential candidate.  There are literally dozens of other incumbent senate Republicans who, as best I can tell, are identical to Thune.  Therefore, I take the fact that Thune …
The Note:
Sen. Bill Nelson: ‘Possibility but not Probability’ Health Care Law is Unconstitutional  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  UPDATE: Despite what Sen. Nelson told us about the inclusion of a “severability clause” in the health care law, the law actually does not contain such language.
Discussion: Moe Lane
David Steinberg / Pajamas Media:
(UPDATE: Sandmonkey OK, tweets!)  Sandmonkey arrest rumors spreading  —  Sandmonkey tweets!: … Roger L. Simon tries to contact Sandmonkey's confiscated cell phone — perhaps a Mubarak thug will answer?  —  A tweet from CynthFarah, whose brother Amir Farahat was apparently arrested and released along with Sandmonkey:
Discussion: The Other McCain and Big Peace
 
 
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Washington Post:
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John R. Bolton / Los Angeles Times:
Beirut calling  —  Lebanon, not Egypt, may determine the fate …
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
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Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
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