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12:05 PM 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.”
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Republicans Battle Turmoil in Their Ranks  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure to make deeper spending cuts and blindsided by embarrassing floor defeats, House Republican leaders are quickly discovering the limits of control over their ideologically driven and independent-minded new majority.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
New York Congressman Resigns Over E-Mails
Egypt's Mubarak to step down  —  Sources tell NBC News that Vice President Suleiman to take over as leader  —  Below:  —  on -
New York Times:
Egypt's Army Signals Transfer of Power  —  CAIRO — The command of Egypt's military stepped forward Thursday in an attempt to end a three-week-old uprising that has demanded the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, declaring on state television it would take measures …
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.
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.
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  —  In her opening speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) urged Republicans not to neglect social conservatives in 2012.  —  The Tea Party favorite and rumored 2012 presidential contender …
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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
Ballot Box:
GOP Sen. Jon Kyl to announce retirement; Dems see opening  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the Senate's second-ranking Republican, will retire at the end of his term, according to a Republican source.  —  Kyl, the Senate minority whip, will announce Thursday in Arizona that he won't seek a fourth term in 2012.
Discussion: Fox News, The Politico, Reuters and Hot Air
David Catanese / The Politico:   Kyl to retire, won't seek another term
David S. Bernstein /
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder /
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.
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
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's Twe-eating his Palin words
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
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
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 …
Ben Rooney /
Postal Service warns of default as losses mount  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. Postal Service warned Wednesday that it may default on some of its financial obligations later this year after reporting yet another quarterly loss.  —  The USPS, a self-supporting government agency that receives …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Can Obama be beaten in 2012?  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University.  He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Palestinian Media Watch:
UN partners in Arab campaign presenting female terrorist as role model to the Arab world  —  UN partners in Arab campaign  —  presenting female terrorist as role model to the Arab world  —  by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  —  As part of a TV campaign to “support women's issues” …
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Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Patriot Act upset vote: Can tea party lawmakers, liberals be friends?
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Counting by Race Can Throw Off Some Numbers
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
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Marybeth Hicks /
Barbarism the New National Norm?
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Barry Meier / New York Times:
Malpractice Bill Raises Issues About a Lawsuit