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12:20 PM ET, February 3, 2011


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George Soros / Washington Post:
Why Obama has to get Egypt right  —  Revolutions usually start with enthusiasm and end in tears.  In the case of the Middle East, the tears could be avoided if President Obama stands firmly by the values that got him elected.  Although American power and influence in the world have declined …
Robert Springborg / Foreign Policy:
Game over: The chance for democracy in Egypt is lost  —  While much of American media has termed the events unfolding in Egypt today as “clashes between pro-government and opposition groups,” this is not in fact what's happening on the street.  The so-called “pro-government” …
New York Times:
Reporters in Egypt Under Broad Assault  —  CAIRO — Many journalists covering the protests in Egypt were detained by the government and attacked on Thursday, and representatives of human rights groups were also a target.  —  Egyptian security police raided the Hisham Mubarak Law Center …
Juan / Informed Comment:
Mubarak Defies a Humiliated America, Emulating Netanyahu  —  It should be remembered that Egypt's elite of multi-millionaires has benefited enormously from its set of corrupt bargains with the US and Israel and from the maintenance of a martial law regime that deflects labor demands and pesky human rights critiques.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Mahablog
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Street Battle Over the Arab Future  —  CAIRO — The future of the Arab world, perched between revolt and the contempt of a crumbling order, was fought for in the streets of downtown Cairo on Wednesday.  —  Tens of thousands of protesters who have reimagined the very notion of citizenship …
Marc Lynch:
Egypt Endgame  —  The Obama administration has been trying …
Kristen Chick / Christian Science Monitor:
Egypt street battles: How Cairo's Tahrir Square turned into a war zone overnight
Egypt PM apologizes, vows investigation
Discussion: This Just In and FrumForum
Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Cairo's Band of Geeks Survives Tahrir Square Assault
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 …
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Republicans Give Up On Redefining Rape
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Forcible Rape’ Language to Change, Manchin's Maiden Speech/EPA …
Discussion: Roll Call and TPMDC
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘unrelenting’ repeal effort, even after Senate defeat
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Early Maneuvering on Possible Shutdown
Discussion: The Politico
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” …
New York Times:
In Book, Rumsfeld Recalls Bush's Early Iraq Focus  —  WASHINGTON — Just 15 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush invited his defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld, to meet with him alone in the Oval Office.  According to Mr. Rumsfeld's new memoir …
The Note:
Sarah Palin Turns Down Coveted Keynote Speaking Slot At CPAC Conference  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone:  —  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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's appeal to the GOP base  —  In 1994, when Rick Santorum was a second-term Pennsylvania congressman seeking a U.S. Senate seat, a columnist asked him how he was going to win.  “Guns,” he replied serenely.  Pennsylvania's legions of deer hunters do not use assault weapons …
Arizona Republic:
Arizona to secede (without OFFICIALLY doing so)  —  Members of the state Legislature, including Arizona's de facto governor, Senate President Russell Pearce, have introduced a bill that essentially would have Arizona secede from the union without having to do so officially.  —  Really.
Discussion: Alternate Brain and Daily Kos
Muslims Attack Two Christian Families in Egypt, 11 Killed  —  (AINA) — News of a massacre of two Christian Coptic families by Islamists just emerged from Upper Egypt with the return of the Internet connections after a week of Internet blackout by the Egyptian regime.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Crashing the party: Republican strategist turned gay rights activist ponders a White House run  —  ON ROUTE 202, N.H. — The candidate can't find his lane.  The road is a crunchy carpet of snow.  The candidate drifts too far to the right.  The rumble strip rattles his car.  The candidate drifts too far to the left.
City Room:
Mayor Curses the Beast, and It Didn't Even Bite Him  —  Showing that he can hold a grudge as well as the next politician, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hurled a mild vulgarity at Staten Island Chuck, the groundhog who bit him two years ago, at the conclusion of Wednesday's otherwise uneventful Groundhog Day ceremony.
Supreme Court  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that Virginia will file a petition to ask the United States Supreme Court to take Virginia's health care lawsuit now, as opposed to waiting for the case to first be decided by the court of appeals.
Discussion: protein wisdom and SCOTUSblog
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama issues global warming rules in January, gives GE an exemption in February  —  Last month, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants.  —  This week, the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports:
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Crossroads hits back at DCCC in same 19 districts  —  The conservative group Crossroads GPS is going up with radio ads in 19 districts to defend Republicans against a new attack from Democrats.  —  Crossroads is going up in the exact same 19 districts where the Democratic Congressional …
Discussion: Naked Politics
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Hackers Shut Down Government Sites
Hernando De Soto / Wall Street Journal:
Egypt's Economic Apartheid
Discussion: Hit & Run and FrumForum
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Like Michelle Obama, The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Touts Area's BBQ
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama calls his Christian faith a ‘sustaining force’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
(UPDATE: Arrested, then Released) Cairo Exclusive: Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Barney Frank won't challenge Sen. Scott Brown in 2012
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Wall Street Co-Opting Nominally Liberal Think Tanks; Banks Lobbying …
Discussion: Rortybomb and The Huffington Post
Bruschettaboy / Economics and similar …:
Arseholes, considered as a strategic resource
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
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Michael Turk / CRAFT:
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Thune faces tough choice on 2012
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Discussion: Wonkette and Raw Story