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7:25 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 …
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Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
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.
New York Times:
Obama Tested on Whether to Break With Mubarak  —  WASHINGTON — President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to step down on Thursday, after a day of rumors galvanized the crowds in Cairo, confronts the Obama administration with a stark choice: break decisively with Mr. Mubarak or stick to its call for an …
Discussion: Marbury and Mediaite
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Hosni Mubarak's speech to the Egyptian people: 'I will not …
The Politico:   White House regroups after Mubarak stunner
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:   Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient
Joel Rubin / democracyarsenal.org:
A Defiant Mubarak and What Obama Should Do Next
Discussion: EA WorldView
New York Times:
Mubarak Refuses to Step Down, Stoking Revolt's Fury and Resolve
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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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: Ben Smith's Blog and Ballot Box
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” 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 …
Fox News:
Obama Administration Corrects Clapper's Claim That Muslim Brotherhood Is ‘Secular’
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Democracy supporters should not fear the Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Israel Matzav
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Time for a New Director of National Intelligence
Discussion: National Review and Politics
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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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
After hard week, GOP has ‘group hug’  —  House Republicans emerged from an emergency meeting about the budget Thursday night sounding unified around a newfangled stop-gap spending measure that would achieve cuts of $100 billion.  —  Freshmen, once again, were the driving force that sent …
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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 …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
CHAMBERLEAKS: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Firm To Investigate Opponents' Families, Children  —  Earlier today, ThinkProgress published an exclusive report that the law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a right-wing trade association representing big business, is working with set of …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Emptywheel
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.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering) … Hi!  In the wake of the AOL acquisition, I've been reading a lot about The Huffington Post from a lot of people who, as outsiders, don't really have any idea about what we do here.  They nevertheless have all sorts of opinions.
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi vows huge fight against GOP over abortion
Discussion: Daily Kos, Grist, FrumForum and pandagon.net
 
 
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
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