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Sundown: Not Enough from Mubarak

Plus a J Street/Birthright controversy, and more

Marc Tracy
February 01, 2011
Protesters in Tahrir Square watch Mubarak.(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

• U.S. officials asked President Mubarak to leave sooner than the fall elections, and will likely continue to push for him to do so (as, likely, will the opposition). [Laura Rozen]

• The U.S. ambassador to Egypt has made contact with opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei. [MSNBC]

• Six Senate Democrats sent a letter forcefully opposing Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to slash all foreign aid, including to Israel. [JPost]

• A synagogue in Tunisia was set on fire last night. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• The U.S. withdraws support for the unpopular leader of a top Mideast ally. It just happened to Egypt—could it happen to Israel? [JPost]

• Birthright Israel canceled a planned J Street-affiliated trip, saying it no longer does trips with organizations with Israel-related political messages. Well, except for AIPAC. [JTA]

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Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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