Crisis in Egypt

January 31, 2011 1:48:15 PM PST
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Egyptians might do well to listen to Pete Townshend's "We Don't Get Fooled Again."

Hosni Mubarak may be getting religion, finally, after a 30-year run as a dictator approved by the West. The Egyptian President is suddenly now open to talking to the millions of protestors who have brought his government to the brink of getting toppled. And now his Army says it won't crackdown or fire on peeps in the streets - that could pretty much seal the deal as far as a sea change in Egypt.

The big question mark is whether this pro-democracy, grass-roots movement has enough political oomph on its own to win out. Or will the outpouring of anger and sentiment towards a more democratic Egypt be co-opted by the power-hungry military and lead to an Iran kind of nation? Is this a devil-you-know is better than the devil-you-don't situation? Which is not to say that Mr. Mubarak should stay in power if Egyptians don't want him. But the politics are ripe for a military takeover, and then democracy would again remain an underground movement.

Tomorrow, Egypt's version of a million person march. We'll see. We'll have the latest on the turbulent situation in Egypt, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, are you sick of winter yet? Another snow storm arriving overnight tonight, followed by an ice storm on Wednesday morning, and Meteorologist Lee Goldberg says the ice storm will make us yearn for more snow - that's how bad it's going to be. All this heavy weather - and the piles of snow that just sit there - are making many folks grumpy, angry, and sick-and-tired of this winter. A friend the other day said he was sending me two planters, and that they'd be ready for spring. I've been thinking of that phrase, "ready for spring," for days. I can't wait.

Lee leads our coverage tonight. And as part of it we'll be in Hoboken tonight at 11, where the city is threatening to ticket and tow cars that aren't cleared from several streets. Some residents are ticked over the threat - saying they've no place to move their cars.

And maybe you've seen those bar codes in the corner of magazines you read. They're the ticket to many discounts. So are they worth it? Carolina Leid takes a closer look for us.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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