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The End Appears Nigh for Mubarak

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The Egyptian army has publicly ruled out a use of force.

Vast Majority Of Americans Want Us To Stay Out Of The Egypt Crisis

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An interesting tidbit in the latest Rasmussen poll about the situation in Egypt: Only seven percent (7%) of Americans think the United States should help the current Egyptian government stay in power. Seventy percent (70%) think America should leave the situation alone. Twenty-three percent (23%) aren’t sure what we should do. That’s actually mildly refreshing […]

The Day Glenn Beck Lost It For Good

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Something tells me the foreign policy analysis in today’s Glenn Beck show is going to end up being viciously and deliciously mocked on The Daily Show:

Egypt Shuts Down Mobile Phone Networks Again

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A possible sign that Tuesday’s march could be problematic: [Update 1:12 a.m. Tuesday in Cairo, 6:12 p.m. ET Monday] Egypt’s information ministry told CNN Tuesday that the Noor Group, an Internet service provider, has been shut down. The move essentially takes the country offline. Minnutes earlier, Egypt’s information ministry that mobile phone networks will be […]

Caption Contest Winners

Steny Hoyers, James Clyburn, John Larson

The Government IN InAaction Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Jon Huntsman Stepping Down As Ambassador To China

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In a move that is sure to fuel speculation about his 2012 plans, the White House announced today that Jon Huntsman is stepping down as Ambassador to China: Jon Huntsman, the United States ambassador to China, has informed the White House that he plans to step down in the next few months, further stoking speculation […]

Second Federal Judge Declares Health Care Reform Law Unconstitutional

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A second Federal District Court judge has declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

Compressing History

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Revolutions don’t happen over a weekend.

NFL’s Most Popular Teams

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The Pittsburg Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are the 2nd and 5th most popular teams in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys are number one and the St. Louis Rams bring up the rear at 32.

Egypt Balancing Act

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A group of academics have issued an open letter to President Obama calling on him to “approach Egypt through a framework of shared values and hopes, not the prism of geostrategy.” In my New Atlanticist essay, “Egypt, Values, and Geostrategy,” I explain why this is wrongheaded. The United States must, like any nation, conduct its […]

Report: Egyptian Army Says It Won’t Use Force Against Protesters

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An interesting,  perhaps game changing, report from Sky News: The Egyptian army has said it will not use force against protesters calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a “million people” march. The military said it considers the people’s demands “legitimate”. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters have ignored a curfew, troops […]

Egypt And The Internet Kill Switch

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak responded to mass unrest by cutting off his people from the outside world. Do we really want an American President to have the same power?

Americans Wealthier Than You Think

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How rich is the United States? Our poor are richer than the richest in India.

Mosque Attack Thwarted In Detroit Suburb

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Last week, Michigan police thwarted what could have been a deadly attack on a Dearborn mosque: About 700 people were attending a funeral inside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, the largest mosque in metro Detroit, when Dearborn police arrived to arrest a man in a car in the parking lot. He had driven […]

Quote of the Day – Presidential Edition

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“I couldn’t be happier with the ambassador’s service, and I’m sure he will be very successful in whatever endeavors he chooses in the future. And I’m sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary.” – President Obama, commenting on rumors that Jon Huntsman will leave […]

Oklahoma GOP Pushing Bill That Would Require Teaching “Creation Science”

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Sigh: With a Democrat no longer in the governor’s office to keep them in check, Republican legislators have filed numerous bills that could violate federal and state prohibitions against mixing religious doctrine with government, a group of concerned residents said Saturday. “This year we really have a challenge,” said Victor Hutchison, president of Oklahomans for […]

Egyptian Opposition Calls For Massive Protests, General Strike, On Tuesday

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Tomorrow, could be a pivotal day in the ongoing crisis in Egypt: Egyptian protesters have called for a massive demonstration and a rolling general strike on Tuesday in a bid to force out president Hosni Mubarak from power. Our producer in Egypt reports on the latest developments The so-called April 6 Movement said it plans […]

Why American News Networks Stink

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Al Jazeera English is kicking the butts of the American news networks on the Egypt story. Why?

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Latenight – Chris Isaak

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Evolution In Action

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In the world of bacteria: Researchers from seven countries have collaborated to analyze how a single strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria has morphed over 30 years and spread across the world, in an attempt to overcome the development of antibiotics and vaccines. The research is the first detailed genetic picture of the evolution of a […]

SNL Spoofs Michelle Bachmann’s SOTU Response

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Last night’s SNL cold open was a parody of Michelle Bachmann’s Tea Party response to the State of the Union:

46% Of Sarah Palin Supporters Say They’d Vote Third Party If She Lost GOP Nomination

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A potential minefield for the GOP: Nearly half of the Republican Primary voters who support Sarah Palin say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for a third-party candidate if she does not win the GOP presidential nomination. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely Republican Primary Voters who […]

The Coverage of Egypt and the Fundamental Deficiencies of News in the US

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The coverage of Egypt shows an over-reliance on pundits and an under-reliance on actual experts.

Egypt Closes Al Jareeza Bureau

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Via Al Jazeera: Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau

Egyptians Upset With U.S. Response To Crisis

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The United States is facing a serious public relations problem among the Egyptian people.

Fox News Can’t Find Egypt On A Map

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More fun with cable news Chyrons: Or maybe this was a signal that FNC thinks we should invade Egypt. Via Twitter Update: As noted in a comment below, this appears to be an FNC Chyron from July 2009. Nonetheless…….

U.S. Quietly Beginning To Bail On Mubarak

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In the days since the protests in Egypt began, the statements from American leaders have changed subtly day by day, all the time moving in the direction of putting more and more pressure on Hosni Mubarak. Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the rhetoric even further: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called […]

Rep Jack Kingston (R., Ga): I Didn’t Come From A Monkey

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More Republican scientific illiteracy: During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Mahr” on Friday night, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) stated clearly that he does not believe in the process of evolution. I believe I came from God, not from a monkey so the answer is no,” he said, laughing, when asked if he […]

Why Wasn’t There A Financial Crisis In Canada?

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Dave Schuler has a must-read piece over at his own place exploring the interesting question of why Canada didn’t suffer from the same financial crisis the United States did starting in 2008. Go check it out.

From 1994: Bryant Gumbel And Katie Couric Try To Figure Out What This Internet Thing Is

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Via Mediaite, this is pretty hilarious in retrospect:

Egyptian Government Moves To Shut Down Al-Jazeera

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Since the protests in Egypt started, al-Jazeera has been one of the few broadcast companies able to broadcast the truth of what’s been happening on the streets in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Now, the government is trying to put that to an end: The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network’s licence to […]

Unintended Consequences: Drivers License Edition

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Drivers are suddenly finding that they can’t renew their drivers license because other states have imposed a hold, sometimes for outstanding tickets dating to the Reagan administration.

Rich Parents Don’t Matter?

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A recent WSJ piece titled Why Rich Parents Don’t Matter is interesting if misnamed. How much do the decisions of parents matter? Most parents believe that even the most mundane acts of parenting—from their choice of day care to their policy on videogames—can profoundly influence the success of their children. Kids are like wet clay, […]

Egyptian Protestors Throw Like Girls

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Some constructive criticism from Andrew Exum.

Unity: Obama Open To Golfing With Boehner

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Call it a manifestation of the new tone: President Obama is willing to play golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help improve their relationship, a top White House adviser said Saturday. Outgoing White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the chances are “good” that Obama and the newly-installed GOP Speaker would hit […]

The Neocon Conundrum

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The situation in Egypt creates quite a problem for many neoconservatives and it is the following:  what impulse should guide their preferences?  Should it be a) that the protests over throw the dictator in the hopes that democracy takes hold to vindicate the vision of George W. Bush (a position that is already percolating in […]

Republican Congressman: We Must Stand Behind Our Friend, The Dictator Mubarak

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One Republican Congressman is calling on President Obama to stand firmly behind our “friend” in Cairo, even though there’s little evidence we can trust him.

Paragraph of the Day (Egypt Edition) Plus a Bonus Paragraph

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“It’s crucial to understand that the United States is not the key driver of the Egyptian protest movement. They do not need or want American leadership — and they most certainly are not interested in "vindicating" Bush’s freedom agenda or the Iraq war, an idea which almost all would find somewhere between laughable, bewildering, and […]

Mohammed El-Baradei: Mubarak Must Go, U.S. Is Disappointing Egyptians

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Mohammed el-Baradai had harsh words for Hosni Mubarak and the United States when he spoke today from house arrest.

Egypt and the Limits of US Power

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The US has limited influence over events in Egypt–something that recent history should underscore (although not everyone appears to understand this fact).

Is Internet Access A Human Right?

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The events in Egypt have led some to ask if the mere act of cutting off access to the Internet is, in itself, an human rights violation.

Egypt’s Future Is In The Hands Of The Military

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As protests continue despite President Mubarak’s efforts to placate them, it’s more clear than ever that what happens next in Egypt depends on what the Egyptian military does: Even as armored military vehicles deployed around important Egyptian government institutions on Friday for the first time in decades, it remained difficult to predict what role the […]

Al-Jazeera English Live Stream Following Egypt Protests

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For those interested, al-Jazeera English seems to be providing some of the best on-the-scene coverage of the protests in Egypt. You can follow the live-stream here if it isn’t available on your cable provider.

Saudi King Slams Egyptian Protests

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Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a shock, but the leader of one of the Arab worlds most repressive regimes isn’t exactly a fan of anti-government protesters: Saudi Arabia slammed protesters in Egypt as “infiltrators” who seek to destabilize their country Saturday while an Iranian official called on Egypt to “abide by the rightful demands of […]

Supporting Democratic Aspirations of All People

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The Obama administration’s slow and cautious response to Egypt’s protest was frustrating. And correct.

Caption Contest Winners

Barack Obama, Hu Jintao, Michelle Obama

The First Base Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Dennis Kucinich Settles Olive Lawsuit

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Our long national nightmare is over: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Friday that he’d settled his lawsuit against the congressional cafeteria for dental damage he sustained after biting into an olive pit. Kucinich wrote on his website that he’d settled his suit, the terms of which were confidential, and sought to explain the situation leading […]

OTB Latenight – Simon & Garfunkel

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Let Mubarak Fall?

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Jim Gerghaty thinks its time we just let Hosni Mubarak fall from power: If you support the right of American Tea Partiers to gather together and protest their government, I don’t quite understand why you would deny the average Egyptian the same right. It’s not like angry Egyptians can write a letter to the editor […]

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