Friday, January 28, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Egypt shuts off Internet access, country goes berserk without available porn

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>> Egypt shut off Internet access last night, denying protesters access to Twitter, Facebook and text messaging which have become crucial for mobilizing demonstrations. That didn't stop protesters from hitting the streets this morning all throughout the country in support of pro-democracy Nobel laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, who was hit with a water cannon by Egyptian police. Still, Vice President Joe Biden said that he supports the current president, Hosni Mubarak. It's good to have friends in high places. (the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor)

>> Pakistani authorities have arrested U.S. Consulate employee Raymond Davis for allegedly shooting and killing two men he thought were going to rob him in the eastern city of Lahore. This is a sensitive subject for Pakistan and has already incited anti-American sentiment: In 2009, a Pakistani newspaper reported that U.S. diplomats in the northwest carried assault riffles, but under Pakistani law, foreigners cannot possess firearms. Now up to 300 protesters around the country have called for "the American [to] be hanged." Everybody hates Raymond. (the LA Times)

>> Yesterday afternoon, President Obama responded to YouTube questions for the third year in a row, and for the third year in a row, most of the questions were about pot: 198 of the 200 most popularly-voted questions to be exact. Last year he didn't answer any pot-related questions, but this year he did, saying it's "an entirely legitimate topic for debate" but he's "not in favor of legalization."Pot legalization supporters got mad for a minute, but then took another toke, ate some Doritos and flipped to a funny animal on YouTube. (Huffington Post)

>> After Senate Democrats pushed for filibuster reform following Republican filibusters this past December, the Senate rejected three separate measures to do so yesterday. They did approve legislation preventing lawmakers from anonymously holding up the Senate though, so continue to identify yourself when you act as a giant time-suck. (AP)

>> And finally: Ninety-two-year-old Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital today for an acute respiratory infection that caused national alarm. We need you to make sense of this crazy world, Nelson! Don't leave us this way! (the Guardian)

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