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10:40 AM ET, February 11, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Crisis Flummoxes White House  —  President Mubarak's Refusal to Step Down Signals a Loss of Western Influence; Sense of ‘Disbelief’ After Speech  —  WASHINGTON—The defiant tone taken by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak—and widespread confusion about the meaning of his speech …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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 Based Congressional Testimony On Mubarak Departure On Media  —  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.  The report of his impending resignation was only eclipsed …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politics
The Politico:   White House regroups after Mubarak stunner
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ‘largely secular’
Joel Rubin / democracyarsenal.org:
A Defiant Mubarak and What Obama Should Do Next
Discussion: EA WorldView
New York Times:
Mubarak Reportedly Leaves Cairo  —  CAIRO —The Egyptian military appeared to assert its leadership Friday amid growing indications that President Hosni Mubarak was yielding all power.  A Western official said that Mr. Mubarak had left the capital, though that could not be independently confirmed.
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CBS News:
Mubarak Flees Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh  —  Embattled President Leaves Capital after Defying Protesters' Demands for His Ouster, but He Is Expected to Return  —  Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has temporarily left Cairo, a day after transferring some power to Vice President Omar Suleiman …
Discussion: Firedoglake and FrumForum
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 …
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Egyptian army backs Hosni Mubarak and calls for protesters to go home
Discussion: The Awl
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Hosni Mubarak's speech to the Egyptian people: 'I will not …
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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David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Whose Bright Idea Was it to Put Rumsfeld and Cheney in Front of Screaming Libertarians?  —  WASHINGTON — First, a word about hecklers: It's awful that they get so much attention.  A few bad apples in a room of thousands can create the impression of massive dissent, when it really isn't there.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
CPAC Civil War: Ron Paul Supporters Scream “War Criminal” At Dick Cheney
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Ron Paul Supporters Heckle Cheney, Rumsfeld at CPAC
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Oprah wants ‘respect’ for Obama  —  Oprah Winfrey (left) and Barack Obama attend a campaign event in Dec. 2007.  AP Photo  —  Oprah called on President Obama's critics on Friday to “show some level of respect.”  —  “I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Abraham Lincoln, Inflationist  —  There was a time when Republicans used to refer to themselves, proudly, as “the party of Lincoln.”  But you don't hear that line much these days.  Why?  —  The main answer, presumably, lies in the G.O.P.'s decision, long ago, to seek votes from Southerners angered by the end of legal segregation.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Paul Ryan's Limited Imagination
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cornyn running for No. 2 spot in GOP leadership  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) will run to become the next Senate GOP whip, a senior Cornyn aide said Friday.  —  Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has begun reaching out to colleagues to gauge support …
Discussion: CNN
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Flake likely to enter Senate race
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Lisa De Pasquale / Human Events:
De Pasquale's Dozen: Andrew Breitbart  —  I have endeavored in this column to pull back the curtain a bit on the pop culture sensibilities of some of the most serious political players of our day—to show that even kings and kingmakers, amid long afternoons with important Economist articles …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Atlantic Online
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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,” …
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.
 
 
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Reuters:
Koch brothers' plans for 2012: Spend $88 million
Discussion: The Politico
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Open primaries OK'd
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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