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11:10 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 …
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 …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations
The Politico:   White House regroups after Mubarak stunner
New York Times:
Mubarak Leaves Cairo as Crowds Surge  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak left the Egyptian capital for his resort home in Sharm el-Sheik, amid indications that a transfer of power was under way, Western officials said Friday.  State television said Mr. Mubarak would issue a statement later.
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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 …
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Egyptian army backs Hosni Mubarak and calls for protesters to go home
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Paul Ryan's Limited Imagination  —  Everyone knows that Ron Paul has some crank notions about monetary economics, but Paul Ryan's own crankitude on this score is badly underrated.  Will Wilkinson, for example, flags this alarming quote from Ryan's participation in a recent committee hearing with Ben Bernanke:
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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.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Do straw polls matter?  —  Washington (CNN) - OK.  We admit it.  We, along with the rest of the national political press corps, will be fixated Saturday on the results of the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  Balloting will be open …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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The Note:   The Early Read: No Clear Front-Runner At CPAC Conference
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Thune Poised to NOT Run in 2012
Discussion: Roll Call
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
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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Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Tea Party Express Names Snowe as Its Next Moderate Republican Target
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Cornyn running for No. 2 spot in GOP leadership, aide says  —  Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) will run to become the next Senate GOP whip, a senior aide to the senator said Friday.  —  Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has begun reaching out to colleagues …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Flake likely to enter Senate race
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber's Political Opponents  —  ThinkProgress has learned that a law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations …
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The Independent:
Robert Fisk: As Mubarak clings on... What now for Egypt?  —  The fury of a people whose hopes were raised and then dashed  —  To the horror of Egyptians and the world, President Hosni Mubarak - haggard and apparently disoriented - appeared on state television last night to refuse every demand …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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
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,” …
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Koch Brothers plan to spend $88 million this cycle on TV …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Reuters:
Kochs brothers' plan for 2012: raise $88 million
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Open primaries OK'd
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