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12:15 PM ET, February 11, 2011

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New York Times:
Mubarak Steps Down, Ceding Power to Military  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the military and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state television on Friday.
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Judge says racy Atlantic City casino billboard can stay up for now  —  A New Jersey Superior Court judge has instructed New Jersey Transit to keep its hands off a racy Atlantic City billboard that features a nearly naked showgirl's bare backside, The Press of Atlantic City reports.
Washington Post:
Mubarak resigns; hands power to Egyptian military  —  CAIRO - President Hosni Mubarak resigned Friday and handed power to the Egyptian military, setting off wild celebrations among protesters across the country who had demanded his ouster for the last 18 days.
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Mubarak steps down  —  After weathering weeks of protest …
Fox News:
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down
Discussion: Babalú Blog and AmSpecBlog
CBS News:
Mubarak Flees Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Egyptian army backs Hosni Mubarak and calls for protesters to go home
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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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 …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Cubachi
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Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Tea Party Express Names Snowe as Its Next Moderate Republican Target
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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:
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Examiner
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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 …
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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Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Thune Poised to NOT Run in 2012
Discussion: Roll Call
The Note:   The Early Read: No Clear Front-Runner At CPAC Conference
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
Juan Castillo / Austin American-Statesman:
New mobile food rules ensnare man who pushed for changes  —  Snappy Snacks trucks struggle to pass fire department inspections.  —  In 2009 Tom Ramsey pressed the City of Austin to add teeth to the city's mobile food vending ordinance.  —  Ramsey might have seemed an unlikely advocate …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
From freedom agenda to freedom doctrine  —  Today, everyone and his cousin supports the “freedom agenda.”  Of course, yesterday it was just George W. Bush, Tony Blair and a band of neocons with unusual hypnotic powers who dared challenge the received wisdom of Arab exceptionalism …
The Politico:
Susan Rice kicks off U.N. series  —  Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's ambassador to the United Nations, will argue in a major address Friday evening that the U.S. should “strengthen” — not “starve” — the world body.  —  The address is the first in a series of speeches …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tom Harper / This Is London:
Banned hate preacher still broadcasting after ‘Jews are enemy of Islam’ claim  —  A radical preacher banned from entering the country may now lose the platform to broadcast messages of hate to British television screens.  —  Zakir Naik - who has claimed that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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,” …
John Chase / Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel at 49%, Chico at 19% in Tribune/WGN poll  —  Moseley Braun drops to 10%; del Valle at 8%  —  Rahm Emanuel is in striking distance of being elected Chicago's next mayor on Feb. 22, with Gery Chico emerging as the rival with the best chance of forcing him into a runoff, a new Tribune/WGN poll shows.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Glittering Eye and Politics
 
 
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