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10:25 AM ET, February 11, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ‘largely secular’
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politics
Sen. Jon Kyl / Washington Post:
Hosni Mubarak's speech to the Egyptian people: 'I will not …
The Politico:   White House regroups after Mubarak stunner
Joel Rubin / democracyarsenal.org:
A Defiant Mubarak and What Obama Should Do Next
Discussion: EA WorldView
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:   Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient
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
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’
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
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
CHAMBERLEAKS: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Firm To Investigate …
Discussion: Emptywheel and The BRAD BLOG
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
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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
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,” …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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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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Jason Millman / The Hill:
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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