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2:45 PM ET, February 3, 2011


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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” …
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 …
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.
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 …
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
(UPDATE: Arrested, then Released) Cairo Exclusive: Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’  —  (UPDATE: The Guardian is reporting that Sandmonkey has been arrested, a contact reports that he was subsequently released.  His blog is currently down.  Look for updates at The Tatler.)
Egypt news day 10: Army steps in; journalists arrested and more live updates
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
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
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 …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Forcible Rape’ Language to Change, Manchin's Maiden Speech/EPA …
Discussion: Roll Call, Wonkette and TPMDC
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Palin skipping CPAC
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
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
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘unrelenting’ healthcare repeal effort, even after Senate defeat  —  Senate Republicans have vowed a sustained, unrelenting push to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform law, despite falling short in their first effort Wednesday.  —  Republicans say they are not content …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Losing a repeal vote, but winning the war against ObamaCare
Discussion: Health Dollars
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
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.
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Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Global food prices hit new record high
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
McCain's endorsement: Don't hold your breath
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The Note:
“Painful Conclusion”: Senators Say FBI & DOD Could Have Prevented Ft. Hood Shooting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
TRENDING: Obama delivers major speech on personal faith
Discussion: Politics Daily and beliefnet
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Hackers Shut Down Government Sites
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Crossroads hits back at DCCC in same 19 districts
Discussion: Naked Politics
Supreme Court  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli …
Discussion: protein wisdom and SCOTUSblog
Arizona Republic:
Arizona to secede (without OFFICIALLY doing so)
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's appeal to the GOP base