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10:25 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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New York Times:
Mubarak Refuses to Step Down  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds …
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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:
msnbc.com:
Mubarak refuses to step down; rage follows
Marc Lynch:
Responding to the Worst Speech Ever
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 …
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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,” …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Time for a New Director of National Intelligence
Discussion: Politics and National Review
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Democracy supporters should not fear the Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.”
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
New York's Sherman writing Fox News book  —  New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman has signed on with Random House to write a book on Fox News, which will include Fox News chief and founder Roger Ailes as a central character.  —  The book will be titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ‘STUFF IS JUST MADE UP’.... We generally don't hear much in the …
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 …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:   Republican says government shutdown possible, as House GOP work to bridge divisions
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Boehner aide behind ‘Pledge to America’ heads to lobby shop
Discussion: The Politico, ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
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.
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
This is Too Much For Me  —  I have, for me, shown an amazing amount of restraint in keeping my mouth shut on an issue about which I can stay silent no longer — GOProud and CPAC.  —  RedState's parent company, Eagle Publishing, Inc., is a long time sponsor of CPAC.
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 …
The Hill:
Giffords told staff she would run if Kyl retired  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) had informed staff that she would run for Senate if Sen. Jon Kyl (R) were to retire, a source said Thursday.  —  Giffords, the third-term congresswoman who was the survivor of a Jan. 8 assassination attempt …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gabrielle Giffords was planning possible Senate run before shooting
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Karl Rove Has Never Been At War With Eastasia  —  Karl Rove has an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal today — and, yes, I admit that merely typing those words involuntarily triggers my saliva glands — that is entirely dedicated to urging Republicans to use the budget reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
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Democracy in America:
Paul Ryan's Republicanomics  —  YESTERDAY, Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, appeared on Capitol Hill to field questions from the House Budget Committee.  The committee's new Republican chairman, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, pressed Mr Bernanke to defend the Fed's efforts …
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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.)
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Freshmen to GOP leadership: We were serious about ‘read the bill’  —  Republican leadership stumbled this week with two bills going down in defeat on the House floor, a highly unusual occurrence in a chamber where the majority rules nearly absolutely and leadership rarely calls votes without knowing in advance they will win.
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and Instapundit
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP postpones Patriot vote
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog Feb 10 - Egypt protests  —  on February 10th, 2011.  —  From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo and Alexandria.  —  The Battle for Egypt - AJE Live Stream - Timeline - Photo Gallery - AJE Tweets - AJE Audio Blogs
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Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
Arizona Counter-Sues Federal Government Over Immigration … Accusing the Obama administration of failing to enforce immigration laws, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday the state will counter-sue the federal government for the right to police its border with Mexico.
Discussion: The Caucus
 
 
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