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6:40 PM ET, February 5, 2011


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CBS News:
Mubarak Reportedly Leaves NDP Role; Mubarak's Son, Party Chief Also Exit; U.S. Signals Support for VP to Head Transition  —  CAIRO - The leadership of Egypt's ruling party has resigned is what is seen as a major concession to try to appease protesters who have demonstrated against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
New York Times:
West Backs Gradual Egyptian Transition  —  MUNICH — The United States and leading European nations on Saturday threw their weight behind a gradual transition in Egypt, backing attempts by the country's vice president, Gen. Omar Suleiman, to broker a compromise with opposition groups without …
Vancouver Sun:
Top leadership quits Egypt ruling party
New York Times:
Obama Backs Suleiman-Led Transition
Egypt protesters hold their ground
Discussion: and World Blog
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Stand for Freedom  —  Our friend Charles Krauthammer began his column last week by asking, “Who doesn't love a democratic revolution?  Who is not moved by the renunciation of fear and the reclamation of dignity in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria?”  —  It's understandable that conservatives …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and AmSpecBlog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kristol rebukes ‘hysterical’ Beck, conservatives on Egypt  —  Sharpening the divide on the right over whether Egypt's uprising should be viewed with fear or optimism, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol writes in the magazine's new edition that conservativism must support democracy in the largest Arab country:
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him  —  President George W. Bush has canceled an event in the famously neutral country Switzerland because of expected protests to his presence there.  —  Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva.
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
Bush's Swiss visit off after complaints on torture
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Muslims must embrace our British values, David Cameron says
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Siege of Planned Parenthood  —  As if we didn't have enough wars, the House of Representatives has declared one against Planned Parenthood.  —  Maybe it's all part of a grand theme.  Last month, they voted to repeal the health care law.  This month, they're going after an organization …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
10 Things Conservatives Don't Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan  —  Tomorrow will mark the 100th anniversary of President Reagan's birth, and all week, conservatives have been trying to outdo each others' remembrances of the great conservative icon.  Senate Republicans spent …
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Charles Krauthammer: 'If Godzilla Appeared on National Mall Gore Would Say It's Global Warming'  —  Charles Krauthmammer on Friday said if Godzilla appeared on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Al Gore would blame it on global warming.  —  Such marvelously happened when the discussion on PBS's …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Keeps Position Clear and Intentions Vague  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sarah Palin opened a weekend centennial celebration to Ronald Reagan by declaring that the United States was lurching toward a “road to ruin,” a nation so beleaguered by debt and out-of-control government spending …
TRENDING: Palin: Reagan ‘was one of a kind’
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion  —  The controversy over “forcible rape” may be over, but now there's a new Republican-sponsored abortion bill in the House that pro-choice folks say may be worse: this time around, the new language would allow hospitals …
Jodi Jacobson /   (UPDATED) Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die
New York Times:
2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police's Methods  —  WE had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country's dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated.  They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.
Rex Murphy / National Post:
Human rights meets their match: The microwave oven  —  Thank God for the Ontario Superior Court.  Or, if you're a Dawkins man, thank Providence, or Fate, or whatever benign anonymous forces silently preserve the common sense of things.  For the Ontario Superior Court, in overruling …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
It's official: Rehberg says he's taking on Tester  —  HELENA — Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg says he's running for the Senate in 2012 to offer Montanans a choice between someone who will tackle out-of-control federal spending and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who believes government is the solution.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Obama: Businesses have responsibility to help economy grow  —  President Obama called on U.S. businesses to do more to help grow the economy, saying that while the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, the U.S. needs “to get there faster.”
The White House:
Weekly Address: If Business and Government Fulfill Their Respon …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politics Daily
Daily Mail:
Ever heard of too many cooks, Mayor?  Bloomberg spends $245,000 of taxpayers' dough employing THREE chefs at Gracie Mansion  —  When Mayor Bloomberg came into office there was just one executive cook at Gracie Mansion to make the VIP feasts.  —  Today there are three - costing taxpayers a whopping $245,000 this year.
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In Turkey's Example, Some See a Map for Egypt
New York Times:
U.S. Trying to Balance Israel's Needs in the Face of Egyptian Reform
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Obama Faults Spy Agencies' Performance in Gauging Mideast Unrest, Officials Say
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