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7:15 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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msnbc.com:
Mubarak: I'll delegate ‘some’ powers to VP  —  Reports that he might step down create confusion about who is ruling nation  —  Below:  —  on msnbc.com -
Aljazeera:
Defiant Mubarak refuses to resign  —  Egyptian president vows to remain in office until his term ends in September, and not bow down to ‘foreign pressure’.  —  Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, has refused to step down from his post, saying that he will not bow to …
ABCNEWS:
Hosni Mubarak Doesn't Resign, Cairo's Tahrir Square Erupts with Anger
Discussion: Daily Kos, ThreatsWatch and The Page
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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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
Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:   U.S. Vulnerable to Terrorism, Especially Cyber Attacks, Intelligence Chiefs Say
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 …
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,” …
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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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Donald Trump to decide on White House run in June
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jon Kyl announces retirement  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) photo by Linda Davidson for The Washington Post  —  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) announced his retirement at a press conference in Phoenix Thursday morning.  —  “I will not seek reelection the United States Senate but will retire from public service in January 2013,” Kyl said.
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The Hill:   Giffords told staff she would run if Kyl retired
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gabrielle Giffords was planning possible Senate run before shooting
Discussion: The Page
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Giffords was contemplating Senate run
Discussion: Ballot Box, HotAirPundit and Reuters
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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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:
Humberto Sanchez / NationalJournal.com:
Under Fire From Right, House GOP Proposes $100 Billion in Cuts  —  Appropriators scrap original plan for $74 billion in cuts to soothe tea party members.  —  House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers.  R-KY, scrapped his original plan for spending cuts today and vowed to cut $100 billion instead.
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Boehner aide behind ‘Pledge to America’ heads to lobby shop
Discussion: Daily Kos
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: Rep. Lee ‘made his own decision’ to resign
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 …
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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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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin calls potential rival ‘Neanderthal’ … (CNN) - Sarah Palin is mixing it up with potential rival Rick Santorum, suggesting the former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful is a “knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.”  —  The eyebrow-raising slap came in response to Santorum's recent comments …
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Santorum: I've watched every episode of Palin's reality show
Discussion: The Other McCain and Politics
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 …
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Washington Post:
Minorities are majority population in Montgomery County
Discussion: National Review and Greg's Opinion
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 …
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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