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9:20 AM ET, February 4, 2011


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New York Times:
White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak's Exit  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support …
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 …
‘Day of departure’ rally in Egypt  —  The BBC's Jim Muir in Tahrir Square: “The sense of imminent attack has eased and people are relaxing”  —  Tens of thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a “day of departure” to try to oust President Hosni Mubarak.  —  There is an increased army presence …
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.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
We Are All Egyptians  —  Inside Tahrir Square on Thursday, I met a carpenter named Mahmood whose left arm was in a sling, whose leg was in a cast and whose head was being bandaged in a small field hospital set up by the democracy movement.  This was the seventh time in 24 hours …
New York Times:
Egyptians Defy Crackdown With New Mass Protests  —  CAIRO — Defying a wider government crackdown, more than 100,000 Egyptians packed Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Friday, chanting slogans, bowing in prayer and waving Egyptian flags to press a largely peaceful campaign for the removal …
Discussion: FrumForum
Troops stand guard in Cairo
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and This Just In
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:   White House working on exit for Hosni Mubarak
World News:
We've compiled a list of all the journalist who have been in …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Rand Paul Says Republicans 'Aren't Maybe Brave Enough' to Tackle Deficit  —  ‘True Believer’ Paul Wants All Foreign Aid Eliminated — Including Aid to Israel  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took aim at the newly released House GOP budget …
Steve Gutow / The Politico:
Abandoning allies and consciences  —  A popular budget cut is an oxymoron.  —  Every government program has its constituencies and supporters.  No reduction in spending, no matter how basic, goes without objection.  But in this time of necessary budgetary soul searching …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Muslim Brotherhood seeks end to Israel treaty  —  A political leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Thursday called on any government that replaces Hosni Mubarak's regime to withdraw from the 32-year-old peace treaty with Israel.  —  “After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
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.
Associated Press:
Congressman Hinojosa files for bankruptcy  —  WASHINGTON — An eight-term Texas congressman who serves on the House Financial Services Committee has filed for personal bankruptcy and is blaming his family meat company for his problems.  —  According to federal bankruptcy court documents …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and UrbanGrounds
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   House Democrat files for bankruptcy
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Pics of the Day: Homemade Helmets in Egypt...  Pick your favorite. … My personal favorite.
Daily Mail:
UN evacuates staff as violence continues in Egypt for 10th …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michael J. Totten / Pajamas Media:
Sandmonkey's Last Post  —  The blogger known as Egyptian Sandmonkey is a friend of mine.
Discussion: Time, Atlas Shrugs, Commentary and Big Peace
Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Up Slightly in January to 9.8%  —  Underemployment at 18.9%, compared with 19.0% at the end of December  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.8% at the end of January — up from 9.6% at the end of December, but down from 10.9% a year ago.
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Repeal Has Begun  —  This week's Senate vote to scrap an IRS reporting requirement is the start of a piece by piece approach.  —  Mark this date: On Feb. 2, 2011, a Democratic Senate killed the first piece of the health-care law it passed less than a year ago.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords's husband Mark Kelly will command final shuttle flight  —  Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will fly the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission in April, according to a source familiar with the decision.  —  Kelly and NASA are expected to make an announcement at a press conference Friday.
Discussion: NASA, News Desk, FrumForum and The Page
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Report: Political Correctness Prevented FBI, DoD from Stopping Maj. Hasan  —  Today the Senate Homeland Security Committee released an independent report on the Ft. Hood shootings.  The 91 page report is titled A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the US Government's Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Ratings More Polarized in Year 2 Than Year 1  —  Ranks as fourth-most-polarized year for a president since 1953  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first …
Discussion: The Politico and Hotline On Call
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
White House e-mail blackout  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) -The White House learned an important lesson Thursday: the most powerful place in the world is not immune to some of the technical glitches that drive most Americans crazy.  —  Shortly before 8 a.m. the unclassified e-mail system that top advisers …
Discussion: The Politico
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Fox News Crew Attacked in Egypt
Discussion: PopWatch and AOL News
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Pressure on Mubarak Opens a Rift With Arab Allies  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's attempt to abruptly push aside Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in favor of a transition government has sparked a rift with key Arab allies Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates …
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.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
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