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11:30 AM ET, February 10, 2011

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Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe  —  Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York.  But when he trolls Craigslist's “Women Seeking Men” forum, he's Christopher Lee, “divorced” “lobbyist” and “fit fun classy guy.”
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ABCNEWS:
Congressman Chris Lee Resigns After Shirtless Photo Posted on Internet  —  New York Republican Reportedly Sent Revealing Photos to a Woman He Met on Craigslist  —  Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious e-mails …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
New York Congressman Resigns Over E-Mails
New York Times:
Egypt's Army Signals Transfer of Power  —  CAIRO — Egypt's armed forces on Thursday announced that they had begun to take “necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands of the people,” a step that suggested the military intends to take a commanding role in administering the strife-torn nation.
Discussion: FP Passport and Prairie Weather
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BBC:
Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak ‘may be stepping down’  —  Protests against Mubarak's 30-year rule began on 25 January  —  A senior member of Egypt's governing party has told the BBC he “hopes” that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman.
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Egyptian army ‘tortures protesters’  —  Military accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters  —  The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Trump Will Speak at CPAC  —  Donald Trump is telling friends and advisers that he is seriously considering jumping into the Republican presidential race in 2012.  To make his point, he has accepted an invitation to appear with other potential candidates at a gathering of conservative activists in Washington.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin: No ‘problem’ with gay group at CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Wednesday evening she has no objection to the participation of gay Republicans at this weekend's gathering of conservatives in Washington.  —  Palin said she didn't see anything wrong with the participation of GOProud …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann warns: Don't neglect social issues
Discussion: The Note
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
Mitt Rewrites Himself  —  A new Apology  —  When Mitt Romney's second book, No Apology, came out a year ago, it looked like he was moving away from the far-right demagoguery of his 2008 bid for the presidency, and toward a more moderate centrism for the 2012 election cycle.
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
EXCLUSIVE: White House to Cut Energy Assistance for the Poor  —  Budget proposal would cut billions from aid program.  —  President Obama's proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government's energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal.
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal  —  The GOP needs 51 Senate votes, and a new president, to get it done.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure.
msnbc.com:
Egypt's Mubarak to step down  —  Sources tell NBC News that Vice President Suleiman to take over as leader  —  Below:  —  on msnbc.com -
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rumsfeld knifes Condi - Obama lunches with top 3 House Rs — Google girds for antitrust war — Jim Wilkinson to Dallas - New Keith Olbermann show — POLITICO Pro: new sites for energy, health, tech  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former senator Chris Dodd is in negotiations to be named president …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gallup
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Santorum: I've watched every episode of Palin's reality show  —  Rick Santorum did damage control on Greta Van Susteren's show last night, claiming his recent, apparently critical comments of Sarah Palin were taken out of context and that he has nothing against the ex-governor's decision to skip CPAC.
Discussion: Politics and The Politico
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's Twe-eating his Palin words
Arizona Republic:
BREAKING: Kyl to announce 2012 plans at surprise 10 a.m. news conference  —  Amid speculation that he may retire, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will announce at 10 a.m. Thursday whether he will seek a fourth term in 2012.  —  Kyl, R-Ariz., will reveal his intentions at a quickly convened news conference at a Phoenix hotel.
Discussion: Politics Daily, TPMDC and msnbc.com
iowahawk:
Biden Vows to Jump Canyon by Amtrak  —  GRAND CANYON, AZ - Standing on the rim of the gaping two-mile wide chasm of the Grand Canyon in a star-spangled jumpsuit, Joe Biden today announced a new $53 billion federal high speed rail program that will include funding for “SkyTrain X-2,” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama's advisors split on when and how Mubarak should go  —  White House aides acknowledge that the differing views among Obama's team of advisors has resulted in a mixed message on Egypt.  —  President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden meet with advisors and are briefed on the situation …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
License To Beg  —  Montgomery County's not run by neoliberal sellouts, that's for sure.  They're true friends of the working man: … This business about where the beggars stand is a microcosm of one of the most prominent conceptual problems here.  If the issue is people violating traffic laws …
Discussion: Eschaton
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Suitors Talk In Billions  —  As Internet valuations climb and bankers and would-be buyers circle Silicon Valley in an increasingly frothy tech market, many eyes are on one particularly desirable, if still enigmatic, target: Twitter.  Discussions with at least some potential suitors …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Issa 'wouldn't feel bad' if Obama reelected due to strong economy  —  It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for President Obama to win reelection, one of his top Republican critics said Thursday.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the tenacious chairman of the House Oversight …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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New York Times:
India and Pakistan Agree to Renew Peace Talks
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Back to New Hampshire for Santorum  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum …
Discussion: The Page
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Selection Bias? …
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Ed Rollins / CNN:
Can Obama be beaten in 2012?  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Postal Service warns of default as losses mount
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Payday Lenders Join With Indian Tribes
Discussion: The Foundry and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says
Marybeth Hicks / Townhall.com:
Barbarism the New National Norm?
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Portrait of HAMP Failure: The Mother of All HAMP Nightmares
Discussion: Wonkette
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Malpractice Bill Raises Issues About a Lawsuit