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8:10 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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New York Times:
Obama Faces a Stark Choice on 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: Washington Post, Marbury and Mediaite
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.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Report: CIA Chief Leon Panetta Based Congressional Testimony On Mubarak Departure On ‘Media Broadcasts’  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to Congress today of a “strong likelihood” that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.
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
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,” …
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 …
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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
After hard week, GOP has ‘group hug’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill, FrumForum and Daily Kos
Kevinliptak / CNN:   Republican says government shutdown possible, as House GOP work to bridge divisions
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 …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Emptywheel
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Tea Party Express Names Snowe as Its Next Moderate Republican Target  —  The Tea Party Express, which raised and spent millions of dollars to knock off moderate Republicans in Alaska, Colorado and Delaware in the 2010 election cycle, is now going after Olympia Snowe in Maine.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
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.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Kevin Warsh Plans to Resign From Fed's Board of Governors  —  WASHINGTON — Kevin M. Warsh, who helped manage the Federal Reserve's response to the financial crisis and was Ben S. Bernanke's liaison to Wall Street and conservative Republicans, plans to leave the bank's board of governors around March 31.
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and Yglesias
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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.”
New York Times:
Egyptian Army Backs President but Urges End to Emergency  —  CAIRO — As tens of thousands of chanting protesters thronged Tahrir Square on the 18th day of Egypt's uprising, the powerful armed forces scrambled on Friday to offer assurances and concessions in an effort to head off clashes …
 
 
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