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12:35 AM ET, February 12, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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
Ellis Goldberg / Foreign Affairs:
Why Egypt's Military Will Not Embrace Democracy  —  Summary: Now that Mubarak has stepped down, the army may step in as a transitional power, recognizing that it must turn power over to the people quickly.  More likely, however, is the return of the somewhat austere military authoritarianism of decades past.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Egypt Captivates World's Attention — Except at CPAC
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Tweet Is Mightier than the Sword
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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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 …
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New York Times:
Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Scocca
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
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
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
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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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
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: 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
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
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 …
 
 
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