HUFFPOST HILL – Rise Up Like An Egyptian

Happy “Earned-Income Tax Credit Awareness Day”! ‬The GDP grew 3.2 percent last quarter and will no doubt exceed that number next time thanks to all the Egyptian tear gas and Obama birth certificate tickets we’ll be producing. Dennis Kucini…

Happy “Earned-Income Tax Credit Awareness Day”! ‬The GDP grew 3.2 percent last quarter and will no doubt exceed that number next time thanks to all the Egyptian tear gas and Obama birth certificate tickets we’ll be producing. Dennis Kucinich extended the de-pitted olive branch of peace to the Capitol food services provider he sued. And we tried in vain to find the lyrics to the Bangles’ next single, “Rise Up En Masse And Demand Basic Human Rights Like An Egyptian.” This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, January 28th, 2011:

MUBARAK DISSOLVING GOVERNMENT, NOT STEPPING DOWN – After a day of civil unrest in which demonstrators largely ignored a state-issued curfew and MSNBC bravely cut away from its coverage of a maniacal Turkey, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addressed the nation and announced that he will not step down but will instead dissolve the government tomorrow. “My first responsibility is homeland security [and I] cannot allow this fear to grip our people,” he said. “I have requested the government to step down today and I will appoint a new government tomorrow. I will not be lax or tolerant. I will take all the steps to safeguard the security of our people.” Mubarak’s incoherent speech will likely squash his White House ambitions, forcing him to return to the Louisiana governor’s mansion. [HuffPost]

EGYPT HAS DEEP TIES WITH K STREET – As any ecosystem-destroying multi-national corporation or African despot or monolithic arms manufacturer or Melanie Sloan can tell you, you ain’t nothing if you ain’t got a “government relations professional” in your corner. And the Egyptian government, with all those tear gas canisters we gave them, sure ain’t nothing. As Chris Good astutely notes, the government currently driving armored trucks through crowds of unarmed civilians has signed contracts with a number of leading D.C.-based lobbyists, including the namesakes behind the Podesta Group, the Livingston Group and the Moffett Group. The government’s contract with the three state that they would “provide assistance and advice, as requested, to the Embassy in the task of securing and further enhancing the interests of Egypt in the United States in the political, economic, military and other fields.” We hear Voldemort is quite taken with the selection of sparkling and mineral waters in Akin Gump’s waiting room. [The Atlantic]

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