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2:20 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.
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 …
Egypt news day 10: Army steps in; journalists arrested and more live updates
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
Washington Post:
During 2nd day of bloody clashes in Egypt, foreign journalists arrested
Discussion: The Page
U.S. seeks change, not asking Mubarak to go now
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 …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
What should we do with the Constitutionalists?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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” …
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?”
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:   Like Michelle Obama, The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Touts Area's BBQ
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Paul Marshall / National Review:
Coptic Christians Killed in Egypt
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Forcible Rape’ Language to Change, Manchin's Maiden Speech/EPA Limitation, Thune's Choice, Issa Creates K Street Jobs, 3 Questions with Chris Gibson, Trivia  —  BREAKING: ‘FORCIBLE RAPE’ PROVISION TO CHANGE — House Republicans plan to sidestep a potentially contentious fight over the definition …
Discussion: Roll Call, Wonkette and TPMDC
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Republicans Give Up On Redefining Rape
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Judge holds Interior in contempt over drilling ban  —  A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday held the Interior Department in contempt for re-imposing a deepwater oil-drilling ban last year after the judge had struck down an earlier version of the moratorium.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Stephen Power / Wall Street Journal:
Administration's Drill Ban Draws Blast From Judge
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
David Rogers / Reuters:
GOP scales back budget cut goals  —  Updating their budget estimates, House Republicans conceded Thursday that their best hope is to cut current appropriations by $32 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year, once new spending for defense and other security needs are added to the equation.
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
National Prayer Breakfast closes with tribute to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and Wonkette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Sophistry And Defining The Muslim Brotherhood, Ctd
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein:
The case for Wyden/Brown gets stronger
Discussion: TalkLeft and Slate
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
The Right's Real Problem With ElBaradei
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
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Crossroads hits back at DCCC in same 19 districts
Discussion: Naked Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Barney Frank won't challenge Sen. Scott Brown in 2012
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Supreme Court  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli …
Discussion: protein wisdom and SCOTUSblog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's appeal to the GOP base
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘unrelenting’ healthcare repeal effort, even after Senate defeat
Michael Turk / CRAFT:
How Super Is Our Debt?  —  One problem political organizations …