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2:45 AM ET, February 11, 2011


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Marc Lynch:
Responding to the Worst Speech Ever  —  It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech today was for Egypt.  In the extended runup to his remarks, every sign indicated that he planned to announce his resignation: the military's announcement that it had taken control …
New York Times:
Mubarak Refuses to Step Down, Stoking Revolt's Fury and Resolve  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people on Thursday that he would delegate authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman but that he would not resign, enraging hundreds of thousands gathered to hail his departure …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Pharaoh Refuses to Go  —  Updated with video.  —  President Hosni Mubarak just appeared on television and didn't step down, as many had thought he would.  Instead, he insisted that he would stay in office through the September elections.  He offered cosmetic changes and promises of reform down the road.
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Hosni Mubarak's speech to the Egyptian people: ‘I will not . . . accept to hear foreign dictations’  —  Here is the transcript of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech to his nation Thursday evening, translated from Arabic by Federal Document Clearing House:
New York Times:
Obama Tested on Whether to Break With Mubarak
Discussion: Mediaite
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Report: CIA Chief Leon Panetta Based Congressional Testimony …
The Politico:   After disappointing day, Barack Obama calls for explanation
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:   Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Paul Supporters Hijack Cheney-Rumsfeld Reunion (Video)  —  ***LIVE UPDATES FROM CPAC ON TPM's CPAC 2011 WIRE***  —  Dick Cheney just popped up here at CPAC to introduce his old pal and Bush administration colleague Donald Rumsfeld.  Fans of Ron Paul turned what should have been a friendly moment …
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
CPAC Civil War: Ron Paul Supporters Scream “War Criminal” At Dick Cheney  —  Things should have been nice and chummy at CPAC an hour ago.  Dick Cheney strolled on stage to cheers and the inspirational tune of Tina Turner's “Simply the Best” and got began to present the “Defender Of The Constitution” award to Donald Rumsfeld.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Trump: Ron Paul a ‘good guy,’ but ‘has zero chance’ of being elected president  —  Media mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) could not possibly win the 2012 presidential race.  —  “By the way, Ron Paul cannot get elected, I'm sorry to tell you,” …
Michael Shear / The Caucus:
Trump Tells Conservative Audience He's Presidential Material  —  Donald Trump wanted the crowd of activists at the Conservative Political Action Committee to know just who he thinks has the skills, smarts and guts to be president: Donald Trump, of course.  —  The billionaire real estate mogul …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Ron Paul Supporters Heckle Cheney, Rumsfeld at CPAC
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
The Note:
Donald Trump: If I Run For President ‘This Country Will Be Respected Again’
Discussion: Ballot Box and Ben Smith's Blog
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ‘largely secular’  —  During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement “largely secular.”  —  In response to questioning from Rep. Sue Myrick …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” Remarks On Muslim Brotherhood  —  The director of the Office of National Intelligence James Clapper today told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood - which seeks Egypt to become …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Time for a New Director of National Intelligence
Discussion: National Review and Politics
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Democracy supporters should not fear the Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Yield to a Push for More Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders said Thursday that they would accede to demands from conservatives and dig deeper into the federal budget for billions of dollars in additional savings this year, exhibiting the power of the Tea Party movement …
Kevinliptak / CNN:   Republican says government shutdown possible, as House GOP work to bridge divisions
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
After rough week, GOP has ‘group hug’
Discussion: FrumForum
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Boehner aide behind ‘Pledge to America’ heads to lobby shop
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber's Political Opponents  —  ThinkProgress has learned that a law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
CHAMBERLEAKS: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Firm To Investigate …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Emptywheel
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
FOX NEWS INSIDER: “Stuff Is Just Made Up”  —  Asked what most viewers and observers of Fox News would be surprised to learn about the controversial cable channel, a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch was quick with a response: “I don't think people would believe it's as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.”
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
New CPAC Head Distances Group from GOProud  —  The new chair of the American Conservative Union, Al Cardenas, today distanced his organization from GOProud, telling FrumForum in an exclusive interview that “it's going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with the gay conservative organization.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Republican on health law repeal: Time for GOP to “put up or shut up”  —  In another sign that the politics of repeal are far from a slam dunk for many Republicans, a House GOPer went way off the national Republican Party's message on the health law, dismissing the House vote for repeal as merely …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi vows huge fight against GOP over abortion
Discussion: Grist, Daily Kos, FrumForum and
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price  —  Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous.  The loose hacker collective had been responsible for everything from anti-Scientology protests to pro-Wikileaks attacks on MasterCard and Visa, and the FBI was now after them.
Discussion: The Agonist and Hit & Run
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Big Journalism's Dana Loesch Joins CNN  —  Just released: … Watch Loesch tonight as she appears on “Parker/Spitzer” from CPAC.  —  (Off-set questions answered.)
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gabrielle Giffords was planning possible Senate run before shooting  —  Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt last month, had given indications to her closest circle of political advisers prior to the shooting that if Sen. Jon Kyl (R) retired that she would make the race.
The Hill:   Giffords told staff she would run if Kyl retired
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Discussion: The Caucus and Pajamas Media
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Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin calls potential rival ‘Neanderthal’
Washington Post:
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Discussion: National Review and Greg's Opinion
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker makes birther joke at CPAC