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1:55 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.
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 …
BBC:
Egypt's Mubarak resigns as leader  —  Mr Mubarak has ruled Egypt for 30 years  —  Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down as president of Egypt.  —  In an announcement on state TV, Vice-President Omar Suleiman said Mr Mubarak had handed power to the military.
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 …
Aljazeera:
Hosni Mubarak resigns as president  —  Egyptian president stands down and hands over power to the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces.  —  Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces.  —  Omar Suleiman, the vice-president …
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog Feb 11 - Egypt protests  —  on February 10th, 2011.  —  From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo and Alexandria.  —  The Battle for Egypt - AJE Live Stream - Timeline - Photo Gallery - AJE Tweets - AJE Audio Blogs
CNN:
U.S. officials welcome Mubarak resignation
Discussion: TVNewser
Guardian:
Cairo erupts in joy as Mubarak finally quits
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Report: CIA Chief Based Congressional Testimony On Mubarak Departure On Media
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Mubarak steps down  —  After weathering weeks of protest …
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
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:   Meet Olympia Snowe's New Hard Rocking Tea Party Challenger
Manu Raju / The Politico:
John Cornyn jumps into heated GOP whip race  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is running for the No. 2 position in the GOP Conference, an aide told POLITICO Friday.  —  “Let there be no mistake about it: Sen. Cornyn is running for whip,” a senior aide to Cornyn said.
Discussion: FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Cornyn running for No. 2 spot in GOP leadership, aide says
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Flake likely to enter Senate race
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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 …
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 …
Feifei Sun / The Page:
Relaxed, Rested, Ready  —  Strong Romney appearance at CPAC.  —  Includes glib gibes at Obama, focus on the economy, and polished/relaxed stump-speech feel.  —  Current odds that Romney leaves CPAC as the '12 frontrunner (still): 7-5.  —  Tweet  — FAN - FOLLOW - FEED … Politics
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Republicans turn Congress into ‘clogged toilet,’ says Democratic lawmaker  —  One of the Democrats' fieriest voices on Capitol Hill accused the Republicans of turning Congress into a “clogged toilet.”  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Friday that House Republicans were blocking …
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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,” …
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:
2012 field falls short at CPAC  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, meanwhile, alienated the GOP's social conservative wing by calling for a “truce” on cultural issues.  And Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is an admitted creature …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Hospitals Shift Smoking Bans to Smoker Ban  —  Smokers now face another risk from their habit: it could cost them a shot at a job.  —  More hospitals and medical businesses in many states are adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants …
 
 
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