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11:05 AM ET, February 4, 2011


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New York Times:
White House and 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 and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman …
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 …
‘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 …
New York Times:
Egyptians Defy Crackdown With New Mass Protests
Discussion: FrumForum
Christiane Amanpour / ABCNEWS:
Mubarak: ‘If I Resign Today There Will Be Chaos’
Troops stand guard in Cairo
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Reporter Brian Hartman Threatened With Beheading
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic Online:   Why I Was Dragged Through the Street by an Egyptian Mob
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll reveals striking divide on Obama
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Rand Paul: GOP Not ‘Brave Enough’ to Hit 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, saying it falls far short of what needs to be done to deal with the federal deficit.
Steve Gutow / The Politico:   Abandoning allies and consciences
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Rand Paul sole GOP holdout on laser pointer bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Christie won't rule out running — in 2016  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday evening that he hadn't ruled out running for president — in 2016.  —  Christie, the Garden State governor who's popular with Republicans but denied interest in running for president in 2012 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Note
Bruce Siceloff / Raleigh News & Observer:
Citizen activist grates on state over traffic signals  —  RALEIGH — David N. Cox says he was merely exercising his right to petition the government, but a state Department of Transportation official has raised allegations that Cox committed a misdemeanor: practicing engineering without a license.
Discussion: Yglesias and Right Wing News
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.
The Politico:
Finger-pointing begins on Egypt  —  The debate over who “lost” Egypt seems to have begun.  —  Critics are openly questioning the quality of information and analysis given to President Barack Obama by U.S. intelligence agencies in the days leading up to the dramatic uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Discussion: Right Wing 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 …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Muslim Brotherhood seeks end to Israel treaty
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
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.
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
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
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Unemployment falls to 9.0 pct., only 36K new jobs  —  Economy adds 36K jobs in January, unemployment rate falls to 9 pct., lowest since April 2009  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  BAC  —  14.43  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate dropped sharply …
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘String Him Up’  —  Racist and eliminationist rhetoric at a Common Cause rally.  —  The website of Common Cause describes the group as “a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government …
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum Hints At Future Plans  —  HH: I begin with an old, old friend, former United States Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum.  Senator, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.  —  RS: It's been a long time, Hugh.  It's great to be with you again.
The Huffington Post:
Learning To Walk: Fear, Shame And Your Underwater Mortgage … WASHINGTON — Nearly one in every four homeowners across the country owe more on their home than it's worth.  Once a month, those 10.8 million are faced with a question that cuts to the core of the American Dream and offers …
Discussion: The Big Picture and Hullabaloo
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Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Coming Soon: A 300-Percent Increase in Foreclosures
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Open Left is closing
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Dan Snyder, Owner of a Team Named After an Ethnic Slur, Sues …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report rips U.S. envoy who resigned
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
New York Times:
A Jewish Group Makes Waves, Locally and Abroad
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Fears grow of Amazon ‘tipping point’
Discussion: EU Referendum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bruning up in Nebraska  —  Jon Bruning is the clear front runner …
Discussion: The Fix and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
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Ex-U.S. Rep. Foley returns to GOP scene, four years after grounding in scandal
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The Politico:
Why we fight health reform rollback
Discussion: Hot Air
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