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9:50 AM ET, February 12, 2011

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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Tea Party wins: $100 billion in cuts in House GOP spending bill  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Friday evening introduced a revised 2011 government spending bill that the GOP said will cut at least $100 billion in spending this fiscal year, bowing to demands by Tea Party-backed House freshmen.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
In straw polls, smart money is on Ron Paul  —  Here's a pretty safe bet: Ron Paul will win Saturday's Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.  Or at least do better than many better-known and better-financed 2012 Republican presidential candidates.  —  Why?
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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David Weigel / Slate:
Father and son Ron and Rand Paul wow the crowd at CPAC.  —  Rand Paul has finished his speech to CPAC and is avoiding the crowds for a couple of minutes.  Outside of a small media suite, where he's taking questions, there are foreign TV cameras, college kids wearing stickers from Ron Paul's Campaign …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
USA Today:
Ron Paul: U.S. ‘propped up’ Mubarak in Egypt  —  On a day of change in Egypt, Republican congressman Ron Paul urged conservatives today to rethink America's role as a global leader and repeated his call to save U.S. dollars by ending foreign aid.  —  “Foreign aid is taking money from poor people …
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
The Politico:
Now the hard part for Egypt - and U.S.  —  After days of frustration and high anxiety during which the United States looked impotent and at times out of touch with developments in Egypt, the Obama administration finally notched a foreign policy victory with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
After Thursday Speech, White House Pushed Mubarak: You Must Satisfy …
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Tweet Is Mightier than the Sword
JSOnline:
Walker calls for cuts or big layoffs  —  Changes would cost state workers 8% of pay  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that thousands of state workers would be laid off if the Legislature does not adopt his budget fix …
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New York Times:
Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces  —  Full EAF Supreme Council Statement: The Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued its second statement today Friday.  It says the following:  —  Due to the consecutive developments in current incidents and which define …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Palin hires chief-of-staff  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has added a veteran Republican strategist to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC, CNN has learned.  —  Michael Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The GOP Cannot Control Its Own Noise Machine (The Egypt Edition)  —  Tune into Glenn Beck tonight to watch the Fox News host explain how the pro-democracy uprising in Egypt, which culminated in the peaceful overthrow of the country's authoritarian rule, is a demonstrably bad thing.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Firedoglake
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Egypt Captivates World's Attention — Except at CPAC  —  Three weeks of historic protests in Egypt upended President Hosni Mubarak's regime on Friday with the world looking.  But here at the Conservative Political Action Conference, no one took any notice.  —  For the past 36 hours …
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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
Discussion: Reuters and 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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BBC:
Egypt: The camp that toppled a president  —  Cairo's central Tahrir Square was the focal point for anti-Mubarak protesters during 18 days of demonstrations.  As the protest neared its peak, the BBC's Yolande Knell took a tour of the area.  Explore the protesters' camp by clicking on the links.
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Big Ol' Gay Party  —  WASHINGTON — On January 7, Andrew Breitbart said he was fed up with the social conservative groups boycotting CPAC over the inclusion of the gay Republican group GOProud and wanted to do something about it.  —  “I will be the harshest critic of the activist gay left …
Discussion: Wonkette and Salon
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
David Ingram / The BLT:
Senators Skip Over Federal Circuit Nominee  —  One of President Barack Obama's nominees for an appellate judgeship has been waiting 10 months for a confirmation hearing, an unusual length of time given that the president's party has control of the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: ACS Blog
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
How The Mubarak Family Made Its Billions … A tourist in Cairo spots three photographs on the wall of a restaurant: one of Nasser, another of Sadat, and the third of Hosni Mubarak.  He asks the owner who the first man is, and the owner tells him it's the man who overthrew the Egyptian monarchy and served as the country's president.
Discussion: Reuters and ParaPundit
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama honors Gibbs on press secretary's last day at White House  —  It took almost seven years, but President Obama finally returned the tie he borrowed from his press secretary Robert Gibbs.  —  Obama brought back the tie during an appearance in the White House briefing room to say a public …
 
 
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Orrin Hatch Gets Booed, and Doesn't Like It
Ezra Klein:
Should we pay members of Congress for performance? Can we?
Discussion: Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama in the swing states
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Mitch Daniels Suggests Re-Examination of End-of-Life Care
Discussion: Hit & Run and The New Republic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT HATH FLORIDA WROUGHT?.... Atrios joked the other day that …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Democrat: Obama's critics ‘have been silenced’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush-Cheney National Spokesman Thinks Muslims Are Incapable …