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11:40 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 …
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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 …
BBC:
‘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 …
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
Kerry's sharp eye on the secretary spot  —  AS EGYPT battles over its future, Senator John Kerry is negotiating his own.  —  The Bay State's senior senator is running an unofficial campaign to become the next secretary of state.  For once, he looks artful, as well as ambitious.
New York Times:
Egyptian Government Figures Join Protesters
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll reveals striking divide on Obama
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Rand Paul sole GOP holdout on laser pointer bill  —  In his first few weeks in office, newly elected Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) could quickly be stealing his colleagues' reputation as “Dr. No.”  —  Paul, an ophthalmologist, was the sole vote Thursday against an amendment supported by 96 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Rand Paul: GOP Not ‘Brave Enough’ to Hit Deficit
Steve Gutow / The Politico:   Abandoning allies and consciences
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
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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Muslim Brotherhood seeks end to Israel treaty
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Senators question intelligence agencies' anticipation of Egypt uprising
Discussion: SpyTalk
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 …
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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.
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
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Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Dan Snyder, Owner of a Team Named After an Ethnic Slur, Sues Over Perceived Anti-Semitism  —  This is rich.  The owner of the Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder, has sued the Washington City Paper for a column he claims defamed him and used anti-Semitic imagery.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Open Left is closing  —  I have some sad news.  After nearly four years in operation, today will be the final day Open Left publishes new content.  —  The site will not disappear, and all published content will remain online, but after today we will cease producing new content.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
J. Andrew Curliss / Raleigh News & Observer:
Perdue hires defense lawyers  —  Gov. Bev Perdue has hired two of the state's most prominent criminal defense lawyers as scrutiny of her 2008 campaign activity continues.  —  Raleigh lawyers Joseph B. Cheshire V and Wade Smith are both assisting Perdue, whose office declined to comment.
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Scores Legal Victory On Health Care … WASHINGTON — The Obama administration won a victory Thursday in the winding legal debate surrounding the president's signature health care law, as a federal judge in Mississippi threw out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report rips U.S. envoy who resigned  —  An Obama bundler picked for a choice ambassadorship brought the U.S. embassy she led to “a state of dysfunction” in a year on the job, a State Department probe has found.  —  Cynthia Stroum, who last month left her post as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Bad Faith of Mandate Critics, Part 2  —  Read part 1 of this argument here.  —  The conservative legal brief against the Affordable Care Act rests heavily on a simple proposition.  Government can't make us obtain private insurance because, as the argument goes, that would be forcing us to buy a private product.
Gallup:
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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