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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 7:59 AM ET

By the Numbers: How Inflation And Growth Destroyed The US Influence Over Egypt

Posted By: John Carney
A combo of pictures shows Egyptian demonstrators tearing a huge portrait of President Hosni Mubarak during a protest against his rule in the northern port city of Alexandria on January 27, 2011.
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A combo of pictures shows Egyptian demonstrators tearing a huge portrait of President Hosni Mubarak during a protest against his rule in the northern port city of Alexandria on January 27, 2011.

Steve Sailer points out why our aid to Egypt doesn’t seem to buy us as much loyalty as it once might have.

The deal struck at Camp David in 1978 was, very roughly, that, in return for no more war, the U.S. would give Israel $3 billion per year and Egypt $2 billion per year \($1.3 billion of which went to strengthen the military\), or $50 per Egyptian per year. That wasn't bad money back then.

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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 7:27 AM ET

Waking up With Nicole Lapin

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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Seriously, if I got over the icy bridge at 2am- you can get a move on, too. Here's what you missed while icicles formed on your eyelids:

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:58 PM ET

Mubarak Will Not Run Again

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:57 PM ET

Is The Obama Administration Throwing Us Into a Constitutional Crisis Over Health Care?

Posted By: John Carney
President Barack Obama
Source: Pete Souza
President Barack Obama

Are we we experiencing a quiet constitutional crisis?

It’s well known that Judge Roger Vinson ruled yesterday that the individual mandate exceeded the powers of the federal government under the Commerce Clause. But he also ruled that because the law lacked a severability clause and the law’s proponents had argued that the individual mandate was a necessary part of the scheme, the entire law was invalid.

Wesley J. Smith explains the implications :

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

Egypt, Global Markets—And Oil

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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AP

Blackrock sent out a short memo yesterday on the ongoing situation in Egypt.

Most of the analysis is kind of vanilla:

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

Mubarak’s Pledge to Leave Next Year Might Inspire Coup

Posted By: John Carney
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

If President Hosni Mubarak says in a speech tonight that he will step down at the next election, as Al Arabiya TV is reporting, I doubt it will do much to satisfy the protesters. If anything, it will likely embolden them.

With at least one million people rallying across Egypt to call for Mubarak to give up power and leave the country, a promise to step down at some future point seems like a request for the mobs to stand down without accomplishing their goal.

What’s more, it is a request made out of weakness—and showing weakness at this stage will make the mobs believe they are closer to achieving their goals and less willing to compromise.

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 3:05 PM ET

Renting Is The New Owning

Posted By: John Carney
Home For Rent
Home For Rent
Home For Rent

My colleague Diana Olick has a great column up today about the end of the ownership society in American cities.

She notes that its not just inner-city, low-income types who are renting, renting is now much more acceptable to affluent young workers.

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 2:20 PM ET

Immigration Officer Fired After Putting Wife on List of Terrorists to Stop Her Flying Home

Posted By: John Carney
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Noel Hendrickson | Getty Images

Here's one way to handle things when your marriage goes bad:

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 1:43 PM ET

Rimm Analyst: Blackberry's Playbook Is "Dead on Arrival"

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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Clients of Wedge Partners (an independent equity analysis firm that focuses on the technology and media industries) received a scathing note this morning on RIM from firm principal Brian Blair.

After the analyst reviewed the company's tablet, the RIMM PlayBook, he announced that the playbook will be poor received by the market." I caught up with Blair after the note was released.

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  Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 12:35 PM ET

Wall Street Warned About a New Kind of Jihad

Posted By: John Carney
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Source: info.publicintelligence.net

Wall Street firms received briefings from US security officials about a potential threat after the publication of the most recent issue of Inspire Magazine ran a cover story advocating jihadists target banks and other institutional wealth centers.

The briefings took place in January, according to NBC news. The fourth issue of Inspire was published on January 16 or so.

Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the FBI, seems to be trying to quell fears that might arise from news of the briefing.

"In post-9/11 world we routinely give security briefings to security personnel in various parts of the private sector. This was in the course of a periodic update in the evolving threat stream," Jim Margolin, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York, told Reuters "I would stress that it's our belief that the information that was discussed was not imminent, not specific.”

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