Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday's Daily Brief

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In its latest effort to defuse public anger amid mass protests, embattled President Hosni Mubarak's regime set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional changes that would relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits. Mubarak's decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who also said that Mubarak had decreed the creation of a separate committee to monitor the implementation of all proposed reforms. The two committees would start working immediately, but Suleiman did not give details about who would sit on the panels or how they would be chosen.
297 Killed During Egypt Protests: Human Rights Watch
Obama Administration Calls Out GOP Governors Over Health Care
Keith Olbermann's New Gig, According To Report
Taxes Fall To Lowest Level Since 1950, By One Measure
Ronald Reagan Uncovered: New Documentary Uncloaks Myths
Jose Antonio Vargas:Egypt, The Age Of Disruption And The 'Me' In Media
Each generation develops its own relationship with technology. If television largely defined the second half of the 20th century, the social Web and mobile technology already have and will continue to define the first half of the 21st.
Lorelei Kelly:Republican Congress: Back to the USSR
Republicans claim to value the military, but it appears that many don't actually respect what the military values. If they did, they would be crawling over each other to understand and bolster our non-military, diplomatic security programs.
Nanette Lepore:The First Lady's Dress
Michelle Obama's influence on the American fashion industry does not detract from her agenda in the East Wing. The First Lady can support her causes and simultaneously support a valuable American industry.
Helen Davey:Memoirs in Black and White: Growing Up in the Segregated South
Admittedly, I come from a lily-white family, English on both sides. However, I believe that a person doesn't have to be black to feel the effects of racism -- a point that Kathryn Stockett makes very well in her novel, "The Help."
Dean Baker:If Progressives Wanted to Win
The right uses government all the time to advance its interest by setting rules that redistribute income upward. As long as progressives ignore these rules, they will be left fighting over crumbs.

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