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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made history late in the eveing, declaring on TV that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians here in the Los Angeles region, we update local events against today's historic news from the Middle East. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, today's demonstrations that preceded Mubarak's decision as well as response from the Middle East to Washington.

Banner image: Protesters watch Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek give a speech on a projected television screen in Tahrir Square February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The Prosperity Agenda

Nancy Soderberg

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Darrell Satzman

Main Topic 'Jubilant' in Egypt, Cautious in Washington 16 MIN, 58 SEC

'Jubilant' in Egypt, Cautious in WashingtonThe crowds in Egypt today were bigger than ever, a "remarkable tapestry," a crowd "far bigger and more tumultuous than any in the previous week," according to the New York Times, "from young women with babies to old men with canes." We hear about the demonstrations the preceded President's Mubarak announcement that he will not stand for re-election and get response from the Israel and Washington.

Guests:
Udi Segal, Diplomatic Correspondent, Israel's Channel 2 News
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)

Main Topic Local Reaction to the Events in Egypt 10 MIN, 55 SEC

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a sort of history tonight. In a televised address to the nation, he declared that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians living in the Los Angeles region, we get local reaction to events in Egypt, including remembrance of a similar historic moment in Cairo in 1954, after King Farouk was deposed by a military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. We also hear from LA's Jewish community, which is America's second largest Jewish community after New York.


 

Guests:
Tamer Ali, Egyptian-born PhD student, UCLA
Maher Hathout, Senior Advisor, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal (@Foodaism)

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