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3:50 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:
Mubarak resigns; army to suspend parliament  —  Update at 1:57 p.m. ET: Essam El Erian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood party, which was banned by Mubarak, hails what he calls Egypt's “historic moment of victory.”  He tells Al-Jazeera Tv that Egyptians brought about a …
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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
After Thursday Speech, White House Pushed Mubarak: You Must Satisfy the Demonstrators In the Street  —  Sources tell ABC News that after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke last night, handing over powers to his vice president but not stepping down, the White House and Obama administration …
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.
Guardian:
Cairo erupts in joy as Mubarak finally quits  —  • Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has resigned  —  • Vice-president announces the army council holds power  —  • Cheers and fireworks as protests turn to celebrations  —  • Read a summary of today's events
Ahmed Eleiba / english.ahram.org.eg:
Army and presidency at odds - says former intelligence official
Issandr El Amrani / Arabist.net:
A quick analysis of the situation
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Aljazeera:
Egypt's military leadership
CNN:
Biden: A ‘pivotal moment in history’
CBS News:
Mubarak Flees Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh
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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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Meet Olympia Snowe's New Hard Rocking Tea Party Challenger  —  Maine moderate Olympia Snowe, whose Senate seat has long been considered vulnerable in a Republican primary, has a new Tea Party challenger: Andrew Ian Dodge.  —  The state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots in Maine …
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Tea Party Express Names Snowe as Its Next Moderate Republican Target
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Thune ‘coming to final stages’ of 2012 decision  —  Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune told reporters Friday that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's decision to retire - a move that will shake up the ranks of Republican leadership in the Senate - has “not really” changed his thinking about a possible presidential bid.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune jabs Palin, '12ers
Discussion: CNN
Manu Raju / The Politico:
John Cornyn jumps into heated GOP whip race
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and FrumForum
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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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
ThinkProgress, SEIU and Others Targeted by US Chamber of Commerce for Smears  —  The next time you hear some lofty conservative twaddle about our freedoms, please point them to this Think Progress post and ask for an explanation.  Ask them why they think they're threatened by government …
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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,” …
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
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush-Cheney National Spokesman Thinks Muslims Are Incapable Of Democracy: ‘This Is The Middle East’  —  This morning on Fox News, anchor Martha MacCallum hosted a panel of three experts that was very hostile towards the idea of backing the protesters in Egypt.
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 …
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 …
Investor's Business Daily:
What Egyptians Really Want  —  Islamofascism: Romantics in Western media expect “democracy” to flower from the anti-Mubarak rioting in Cairo.  But polling shows Egyptians actually seek strict Islamic rule.  —  According to a major survey conducted last year by the Pew Research Center …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Egypt spin  —  A Democratic official emails — a bit prematurely, I'd say — with what I take to be the official line:  —  Great news for the administration/president.  People will remember , despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT HATH FLORIDA WROUGHT?.... Atrios joked the other day that Floridians “elected Lex Luthor as their governor.”  That's a good line, in large part because it's hard not to wonder if Florida's new chief executive is some sort of super-villain. … Scott's plan is certainly unique.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Democrat: Obama's critics ‘have been silenced’  —  President Obama's critics “have been silenced,” a top Senate Democrat and Obama ally said Friday.  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip, claimed a political rebound for the president that could propel him to a second term.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
IMF calls for dollar alternative  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.  —  The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system.
 
 
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