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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 9:45 AM ET

Sen. Ron Johnson: I Stand With Obama Against Earmarks

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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We're a little less than two weeks away until the White House releases its 2012 budget and both sides are getting ready to battle.

The Republicans continue to vow to drastically cut spending and the deficit. Senator Ron Johnson, the junior Senator from Wisconsin, but he is quickly becoming a big name among hill Republicans.

Delivering the GOP's national weekly radio address last weekend, Johnson said the root of all economic evil facing our nation is “big government" and uncontrolled spending. Sitting on the Budget and Appropriations Committees, the former accountant and manufacturer hopes his "real world" experience will help re-shape Congress' spending habits.

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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 9:02 AM ET

'Clashes After Egypt's Army Calls for End to Protests'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  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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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
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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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Here's one way to handle things when your marriage goes bad:

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