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  • Time for Mubarak to go? Why Obama hedges

    obama mubarakIn a press conference this afternoon, President Obama denounced the Egyptian government's acts of "suppression" and "violence" during the protests, and called for "an orderly transition process, right now." But, as he has throughout the crisis in Egypt, he stopped short of demanding that President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately.

    Mubarak has said he'll go in September, when elections are scheduled. But for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who thronged Tahrir Square again today, that's not good enough. So why won't Obama call for Mubarak to leave office now? To help answer that question, The Lookout spoke to Daniel Levy, co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.

    Levy explained that there are some legitimate constraints on what Obama can prudently do and say. To start, Levy said, he doesn't have the power to make Mubarak leave. "President Obama cannot wave a magic wand and get Mubarak onto a plane or into a retirement home," Levy said. "America has leverage, but it's not decisive leverage."

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  • Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

    • New Orleans is 29 percent smaller than it was pre-Katrina, but it is more affluent. (New York Times and Bloomberg)

    • Verizon has already completely sold its stock of the new iPhone. (PC Mag)

    • There are more drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico now than there were prior to the BP oil disaster. (Nola.com)

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  • AP100325137873School officials are under increasing pressure to protect students from cyber-bullying but face a legal vacuum on sanctioning students for online comments, EdWeek's Michelle R. Davis writes.

    In 2007 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a principal who suspended a student for posting a banner across the street from the school that read "BONG HITS 4 JESUS." The court argued that the speech could encourage drug use even if not on school property, and thus the principal could remove it and discipline the student.

    But there is no strong precedent upholding a principal's right to discipline a student for online speech made off-campus, even if he or she argues it is affecting student safety on-campus. Upcoming decisions in two cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may finally clear up how far administrators can go to punish online bullying in the future, Davis writes.

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  • Venus rises again to meet Keys in generation clash

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Evergreen Venus Williams turned back the clock at the Australian Open on Monday to book her first grand slam quarter-final in five years and set up an intriguing matchup with Madison Keys, the teenager touted as the future of American tennis. Williams' 6-3 2-6 6-1 upset of Agnieszka Radwanska under the Rod Laver Arena lights proved there was still life in her 34-year-old legs and ensured the United States would have a third woman in the last eight after younger sister Serena edged Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the day session. Not since 2003 have three American women made it to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park and 2004 was the last time at any grand slam. Fittingly, the Williams sisters were the two U.S. women accompanying Meghann Shaughnessy into the last eight in Melbourne in 2003, with Serena, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport making the quarters at the U.S. Open the following year.

  • Golf-Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge

    (Adds details, quotes) Jan 25 (Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. He carded a 67 to finish at 22-under-par 266 for his sixth PGA Tour victory, leaving the 32-year-old only three short of catching his father, Jay Haas.

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