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9:20 AM ET, February 11, 2011

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Marc Lynch:
Responding to the Worst Speech Ever  —  It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech today was for Egypt.  In the extended runup to his remarks, every sign indicated that he planned to announce his resignation: the military's announcement that it had taken control …
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New York Times:
Obama Faces a Stark Choice on Mubarak  —  WASHINGTON — President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to step down on Thursday, after a day of rumors galvanized the crowds in Cairo, confronts the Obama administration with a stark choice: break decisively with Mr. Mubarak or stick to its call for an …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Report: CIA Chief Leon Panetta Based Congressional Testimony On Mubarak Departure On ‘Media Broadcasts’  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to Congress today of a “strong likelihood” that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.
New York Times:
Army Backs Mubarak as Crowds Surge  —  CAIRO — As tens of thousands of chanting protesters thronged central Cairo and elsewhere on the 18th day of Egypt's uprising, the powerful armed forces scrambled on Friday to offer assurances and concessions, endorsing President Hosni Mubarak's refusal …
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Hosni Mubarak's speech to the Egyptian people: 'I will not …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:   Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient
The Politico:   White House regroups after Mubarak stunner
Joel Rubin / democracyarsenal.org:
A Defiant Mubarak and What Obama Should Do Next
Discussion: EA WorldView
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 …
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
CPAC Civil War: Ron Paul Supporters Scream “War Criminal” At Dick Cheney  —  Things should have been nice and chummy at CPAC an hour ago.  Dick Cheney strolled on stage to cheers and the inspirational tune of Tina Turner's “Simply the Best” and got began to present the “Defender Of The Constitution” award to Donald Rumsfeld.
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Whose Bright Idea Was it to Put Rumsfeld and Cheney …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Ron Paul Supporters Heckle Cheney, Rumsfeld at CPAC
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
The Note:
Donald Trump: If I Run For President ‘This Country Will Be Respected Again’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Ballot Box
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” Remarks On Muslim Brotherhood  —  The director of the Office of National Intelligence James Clapper today told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood - which seeks Egypt to become …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Crisis Flummoxes White House
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Democracy supporters should not fear the Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Israel Matzav and NO QUARTER
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
After hard week, GOP has ‘group hug’  —  House Republicans emerged from an emergency meeting about the budget Thursday night sounding unified around a newfangled stop-gap spending measure that would achieve cuts of $100 billion.  —  Freshmen, once again, were the driving force that sent …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:   Republican says government shutdown possible, as House GOP work to bridge divisions
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
CHAMBERLEAKS: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Firm To Investigate …
Discussion: Emptywheel and The BRAD BLOG
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Koch Brothers plan to spend $88 million this cycle on TV, micro-targeting, grassroots - Team Huntsman hiring for ‘12 — Gibbs’ last stand — Alex Conant is 31 - Sarah Palin is 47  —  BULLETIN — Bloomberg: “Hundreds of protesters demanding the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak …
Feifei Sun / The Page:
Romney: “Believe in America”  —  First on The Page: '12 aspirant at CPAC morning speech to focus on (surprise!) the issue Americans most care about — jobs.  —  Watch it live around 10:30am ET here.  —  And look for “Believe in America” bumper stickers, lapel stickers and signs at the conference.
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Tea Party Express Names Snowe as Its Next Moderate Republican Target  —  The Tea Party Express, which raised and spent millions of dollars to knock off moderate Republicans in Alaska, Colorado and Delaware in the 2010 election cycle, is now going after Olympia Snowe in Maine.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Unemployment Solidifies Position as Most Important Problem  —  Thirty-five percent mentioning it is highest since 1983  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Thirty-five percent of Americans name unemployment as the most important problem facing the U.S., the highest percentage since the economic slowdown began …
Discussion: The Politico and Top of the Ticket
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering) … Hi!  In the wake of the AOL acquisition, I've been reading a lot about The Huffington Post from a lot of people who, as outsiders, don't really have any idea about what we do here.  They nevertheless have all sorts of opinions.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Kevin Warsh Plans to Resign From Fed's Board of Governors  —  WASHINGTON — Kevin M. Warsh, who helped manage the Federal Reserve's response to the financial crisis and was Ben S. Bernanke's liaison to Wall Street and conservative Republicans, plans to leave the bank's board of governors around March 31.
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and Yglesias
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Reuters:
Koch brothers' plans for 2012: Spend $88 million
Discussion: The Politico
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Open primaries OK'd
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Abraham Lincoln, Inflationist
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Berwick ‘hopes’ he's put rationing fears to rest
Discussion: FrumForum and RedState
Agence France Presse:
Multiculturalism has failed, says French president
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Thune Poised to NOT Run in 2012
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
In Montana, A Bid to End Medical Use Of Marijuana
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P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Big Journalism's Dana Loesch Joins CNN
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Karl Rove Has Never Been At War With Eastasia
Discussion: Wonk Room, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
NRA chief: ‘Government failed’ in Tucson attacks
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and CNN
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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