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2:05 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 …
New York Times:
Obama Backs Suleiman-Led Transition  —  MUNICH — The Obama administration on Saturday formally threw its 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 and prepare for new elections in September.
Discussion: FP Passport
Aljazeera:
Egypt protesters hold their ground  —  With protests demanding end to Mubarak's rule entering the 12th day, people in Tahrir Square prepared to wait him out.  —  Demonstrators are still standing their ground in Cairo hours after hundreds of thousands of people gathered to call for Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to quit.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Firedoglake and World Blog
Fox News:
Egypt VP Target of Assassination Attempt That Killed Two Bodyguards …
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.
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.
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CNN:
TRENDING: Palin: Reagan ‘was one of a kind’
Discussion: The Politico
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Could Palin Use Speech to End Silence on Egypt?
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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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
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
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: Weekly Standard and Swampland
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hot Air
Carolyn Fiddler / Democratic Legislative …:
GA State Rep.: There's No Such Thing as a Rape Victim  —  U.S. House Republicans have received a great deal of attention over the past week since seeking to qualify the crime of rape with the term “forcible” in a high-profile piece of legislation.  Such a distinction could create classes of rape victims …
 
 
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
NY Daily News:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate split over how to extend the Patriot Act's surveillance authority
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Telegraph:
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