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March of Millions in Cairo; King Abdullah II of Jordan Dismisses Government; Winter Storm Warning Through Wednesday


• The scale of protests in Egypt continue to rise. Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday as part of a planned march of millions; “tens of thousands” joined them in Alexandria to demand President Mubarak’s departure. Meanwhile, foreign commerce, tourism, and banking have “all but halted,” paralyzing Egypt’s economy and putting further pressure on Mubarak. [NYT]

• The Egyptian army has released a statement saying they won’t use violence against citizens, and that “The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people.” [Reuters]

• The U.S. State Department has ordered that all non-emergency personnel evacuate Egypt. [NYT]

King Abdullah II of Jordan has dismissed his government after protests calling for political reform and appointed Maarouf Al Bakhit as the country’s new prime minister, asking him to take “practical, swift, and tangible steps to launch a real political reform process.” [CNN]

• Governor Cuomo has condemned the state budget process as a special-interest scam and is calling for “the most severe cuts in state history.” He said, “This is the system that has brought New York to the brink,” and “This all must end.” [NYP]

• Weather, weather, weather! It’s just gray and cloudy out there now, but don’t be fooled: There’s a winter storm warning in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for New York City, parts of New Jersey, and Nassau County. Heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain are expected, with 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleep [wishful thinking] sleet and a quarter of an inch of ice or more predicted by late Wednesday. ABC is reporting thousands of flights already cancelled. Stock up on bread and milk! [Weather]

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