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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Egypt protests, presidential news and Jared Loughner's trial

By Melissa Bell
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Indian schoolchildren, the national flag painted on their faces, hold candles a day before India's Republic Day, marking the adoption of a democratic constitution, on Jan. 26. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

National news: Presidential doings

George W. Bush: The Bush White House routinely violated federal law, a new report states. Karl Rove and Bush's Office for Political Affairs used federal tax dollars to pay for political activities, the three-year probe found.

Abraham Lincoln: An amateur historian signed a confession admitting to altering a Lincoln document. The pardon had been issued by the president supposedly just hours before Lincoln was assassinated. It was used by historians as a key part of the assassination narrative. Now, a report has surfaced that the pardon, which has been exhibited in the rotunda of the National Archives, was altered by Thomas Lowry, who supposedly changed the date from 1864 to 1865.

John F. Kennedy: Don't feel too bad about your own mediocre college essay. Kennedy's Harvard application was "lackluster."

His answer for wanting to go to Harvard:

The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are several. I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go there, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but is a university with something definite to offer. Then too, I would like to go to the same college as my father. To be a 'Harvard man' is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain.

Read more about it here.

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International news: Egypt protests

Days after the successful Tunisian riots, protesters have amassed on the streets of Cairo, breaking through a police cordon, calling for an end to Hosni Mubarak's government. The protesters have been circulating the plans to protest through Facebook and Twitter, and have been obviously inspired by the events in Tunisia. The demonstrators are chanting "Long Live a Free Tunisia" and "Down with Hosni Mubarak," the Associated Press reports.

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National news: Jared Loughner pleads not guilty

Wearing the same smile as the one in the infamous mugshot, Jared Loughner appeared in court Monday to be arraigned in the shooting that killed six people and injured 13. The court entered a not-guilty plea. Also, it's easier to get a gun than it is to get mental health care.

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TimePass: Single Ladies Fail

The questionable judgment started with that clown mask.

By Melissa Bell  | January 25, 2011; 9:34 AM ET
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