'Jubilant' in Egypt, Cautious in Washington
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Massive crowds filled the streets of Egyptian cities today after the Army announced it would not fire on demonstrators. President Mubarak's hold on power is increasingly tenuous. We hear from Cairo and look at reaction from the Middle East to Washington. Also, Jordan's King Abdullah II fires his government, and yesterday's ruling that all provisions of healthcare reform are unconstitutional.
Banner image: An Egyptian army tanks sprayed with slogans in Arabic calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak is seen during a demonstration on February 1, 2011 near Cairo's Tahrir Square. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
Wave of Protest Sweeps Away Jordanian Government ()
King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government today, including a Prime Minister who's been the target of protesters because of alleged corruption. Joel Greenberg is a special correspondent for the Washington Post.
- Joel Greenberg: Special Correspondent, Washington Post
The Pressure Mounts on Mubarak and Obama ()
The 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." The Army paved the way for the so-called "march of millions" by saying it would not fire on demonstrators and calling their demands "legitimate." The new vice president offered negotiations but, speaking for the protesters, Mohamed ElBaradai said they won't talk until President Hosni Mubarak leaves the country. What else do they want? What's the fallout in other Middle Eastern countries? And, what is the Obama Administration planning to do now?
- Anthony Shadid: Middle East Correspondent, New York Times, @anthonyshadid
- Brian Katulis: Senior Fellow, Center for America Progress, @Katulis
- Udi Segal: Diplomatic Correspondent, Israel's Channel 2 News
- Fares Braizat: Professor of Political Science, Arab Center for Research
Florida Judge Deals a Blow to Obama's Healthcare Law ()
Two federal judges appointed by Democratic presidents have ruled that a mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is constitutional. Two appointed by Republican presidents have ruled the other way. But yesterday Florida Judge Roger Vinson did much more. He invalidated the entire law because its provisions -- some of which are already being implemented -- cannot be "severed" from the mandate to buy insurance. Noam Levey, health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has the details.
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