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11:45 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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Scocca
The Politico:
Now the hard part for Egypt - and U.S.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ahmed Eleiba / english.ahram.org.eg:
Army and presidency at odds - says former intelligence official
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Egypt Captivates World's Attention — Except at CPAC
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces …
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Tweet Is Mightier than the Sword
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Thune ‘coming to final stages’ of 2012 decision
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: Cubachi
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Tea Party wins: House GOP spending bill cuts at least $100 billion  —  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.
Discussion: The Politico
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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David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Orrin Hatch Gets Booed, and Doesn't Like It
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
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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The White House:
Remarks by the President on Egypt Grand Foyer
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: Firedoglake
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger, Andrew Ian Dodge  —  CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger, Andrew Ian Dodge  —  There have been rumors that Andrew Ian Dodge would challenge Olympia Snowe in the 2012 Republican primary.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Meet Olympia Snowe's New Hard Rocking Tea Party Challenger
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: The Moderate Voice, Wonkette and Salon
Associated Press:
Walker says National Guard is prepared  —  MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond wherever is necessary in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees.
Discussion: JSOnline, TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
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JSOnline:
Walker: Without fixes, thousands of state workers would be laid off
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty dismisses ‘birthers’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Chapter 11 for Borders, New Chapter for Books  —  Borders Group Inc. is in the final stages of preparing a bankruptcy filing, clinching a long fall for a company with humble beginnings that helped change the way Americans buy books but failed to keep pace with the digital transformation rocking every corner of the media landscape.
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
 
 
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Eunomia and The Jawa Report
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Republicans turn Congress into ‘clogged toilet,’ says Democratic lawmaker
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