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7:50 PM ET, February 11, 2011

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New York Times:
Egypt Erupts in Jubilation as Mubarak Steps Down  —  CAIRO — Egypt erupted in a joyous celebration of the power of a long repressed people on Friday as President Hosni Mubarak resigned his post and ceded control to the military, ending his nearly 30 years of autocratic rule.
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
After Thursday Speech, White House Pushed Mubarak: You Must Satisfy the Demonstrators In the Street  —  Sources tell ABC News that after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke last night, handing over powers to his vice president but not stepping down, the White House and Obama administration …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Mubarak resigns; army to suspend parliament  —  Update at 1:57 p.m. ET: Essam El Erian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood party, which was banned by Mubarak, hails what he calls Egypt's “historic moment of victory.”  He tells Al-Jazeera Tv that Egyptians brought about a …
BBC:
Egypt's Mubarak resigns as leader  —  Mr Mubarak has ruled Egypt for 30 years  —  Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down as president of Egypt.  —  In an announcement on state TV, Vice-President Omar Suleiman said Mr Mubarak had handed power to the military.
Ahmed Eleiba / english.ahram.org.eg:
Army and presidency at odds - says former intelligence official  —  Both of last night's addresses by Mubarak and Suleiman were in defiance of the armed forces, a former senior official of Egyptian Intelligence tells Ahram Online  —  Maj. Gen. Safwat El-Zayat, a former senior official …
Washington Post:
Mubarak resigns; hands power to Egyptian military
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Tweet Is Mightier than the Sword
Discussion: Mother Jones
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Utah Sen. Mike Lee says he won't back Orrin Hatch in GOP Senate primary  —  Sen. Mike Lee (R) said Friday that he wouldn't endorse fellow Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) for reelection in the 2012 GOP Senate primary.  —  Lee, a freshman senator allied with the conservative Tea Party movement …
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Meet Olympia Snowe's New Hard Rocking Tea Party Challenger  —  Maine moderate Olympia Snowe, whose Senate seat has long been considered vulnerable in a Republican primary, has a new Tea Party challenger: Andrew Ian Dodge.  —  The state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots in Maine …
Discussion: Roll Call and Washington Monthly
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Orrin Hatch Gets Booed, and Doesn't Like It  —  Orrin Hatch's please-don't-let-me-be-another-Bob- Bennett tour had been going well.  His speech and audience Q&A at the Tea Party Express “town hall” this week was, as such things go, friendly.  —  What that event was lacking: Hundreds of Ron Paul supporters ready to boo him.
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of “appeasing” the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates …
Discussion: Yglesias and Ben Smith's Blog
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speaking in one voice on Egypt, mostly
Discussion: CNN, The Note, ABCNEWS and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty dismisses ‘birthers’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin impersonator stuns CPAC  —  Just how much of a draw is Sarah Palin among conservatives?  —  A Palin impersonator drew dozens of excited, mostly young CPAC attendees around her in the hotel lobby here just as Mitt Romney, the GOP's ostenisble frontrunner, was taking the stage.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz  —  Washington (CNN) - Did Sarah Palin make the trip from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference after all?  —  No. But Palin impersonator Patti Lyons convinced more than a few young conservatives she did.
Discussion: Cubachi
Washington Post:
In Obama's Words  —  Washington, D.C. … Obama delivers remarks on Egypt  —  SPEECH TRANSCRIPT  —  Good afternoon, everybody.  —  There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place.  This is one of those moments.  This is one of those times.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT HATH FLORIDA WROUGHT?.... Atrios joked the other day that Floridians “elected Lex Luthor as their governor.”  That's a good line, in large part because it's hard not to wonder if Florida's new chief executive is some sort of super-villain. … Scott's plan is certainly unique.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune jabs Palin, '12ers  —  John Thune, playing coy, took a little shot at his potential rivals in his remarks at CPAC just now:  —  I've never had a book signing.  —  I've been to Iowa plenty of times, but it's usually on the way to South Dakota.  —  And the closest I've come …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Thune ‘coming to final stages’ of 2012 decision
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul slams Patriot Act, backers drown out jeers at conference  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) elicited the loudest reaction of any speaker so far at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, with a throng of raucous supporters drowning out audible boos emanating from the CPAC crowd.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Whose Bright Idea Was it to Put Rumsfeld and Cheney …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
ThinkProgress, SEIU and Others Targeted by US Chamber of Commerce for Smears  —  The next time you hear some lofty conservative twaddle about our freedoms, please point them to this Think Progress post and ask for an explanation.  Ask them why they think they're threatened by government …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Paul Ryan's Limited Imagination  —  Everyone knows that Ron Paul has some crank notions about monetary economics, but Paul Ryan's own crankitude on this score is badly underrated.  Will Wilkinson, for example, flags this alarming quote from Ryan's participation in a recent committee hearing with Ben Bernanke:
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Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Mitch Daniels Suggests Re-Examination of End-of-Life Care  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is considering a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, veered from his party's orthodoxy on end-of-life care Friday, suggesting the nation cannot afford to provide every treatment …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hit & Run
Free exchange:
How to spot trouble  —  PERHAPS it's an indicator of a low birth rate (so no one to pay for future pensions).  Maybe it hints at a lack of ambition and accountability.  Or maybe it's a sign of a civilisation in the final stage of decline.  Whatever explains it, the correlation is remarkable:
Discussion: Mother Jones
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush-Cheney National Spokesman Thinks Muslims Are Incapable Of Democracy: ‘This Is The Middle East’  —  This morning on Fox News, anchor Martha MacCallum hosted a panel of three experts that was very hostile towards the idea of backing the protesters in Egypt.
Agence France Presse:
Multiculturalism has failed, says French president  —  PARIS (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.  —  “My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Borders Nearing Bankruptcy Filing  —  Borders Group Inc. is in the final stages of preparing a bankruptcy filing after failing to persuade publishers and others to go along with a plan to refinance the troubled bookstore chain's debt.  —  The Ann Arbor, Mich., bookseller could file …
 
 
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