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4:20 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.
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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  —  Mubarak resigns as head of ruling party: report  —  An opposition demonstrator gestures in front of tanks on the frontline near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 5, 2011.  —  The leadership of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party resigned on Saturday …
Aljazeera:
Egypt protesters hold their ground
Discussion: msnbc.com, Firedoglake and World Blog
New York Times:
Obama Backs Suleiman-Led Transition
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 …
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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 …
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin's Full Speech At Event Marking Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday  —  Tonight, Young America's Foundation held a banquet honoring the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan.  Sarah Palin delivered the keynote.  Palin lovers will love it.  Palin haters will hate it.
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin: Reagan ‘was one of a kind’
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Times
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:
Discussion: Swampland
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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
New York Times:
Crisis in Egypt Tests U.S. Ties With Israel
Discussion: Mondoweiss and The Caucus
BBC:
State multiculturalism has failed, says David Cameron  —  David Cameron said Britain had encouraged different cultures to live separate lives  —  David Cameron has criticised “state multiculturalism” in his first speech as prime minister on radicalisation and the causes of terrorism.
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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 …
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Jodi Jacobson / RHRealityCheck.org:
(UPDATED) Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die
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.”
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The White House:
Weekly Address: If Business and Government Fulfill Their Respon …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Weasel Zippers
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
 
 
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Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
It's official: Rehberg says he's taking on Tester
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
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Lessons from '79  —  Is the drama unraveling in Egypt today …
Discussion: Swampland
The Note:
John Kerry: Not Interested in Being Secretary of State
Discussion: Hot Air and The Democratic Daily
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Israel and Arab democracy
Discussion: Biased BBC
NY Daily News:
Republicans wrote the political dictionary: It's proof Democrats …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate split over how to extend the Patriot Act's surveillance authority
Discussion: Washington Post and SENATUS
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Statewide gas outage updates
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Fox News:
Egypt VP Target of Assassination Attempt That Killed Two Bodyguards …
Marnie Eisenstadt / Syracuse Post-Standard:
People pack Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's first town hall meeting in Wayne County