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5:45 PM ET, February 12, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bolton: Obama administration ‘plain wrong’ on Egypt  —  Washington (CNN) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton condemned President Obama as “weak” and “indecisive” on foreign affairs while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Former Ambassador John Bolton warns Obama on Egypt  —  Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, laid into President Obama's approach to the ongoing crisis in Egypt Saturday more forcefully than any other speaker at CPAC so far.  —  It what has been a common comparison …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
King: Obama needs to put his foot down on Muslim Brotherhood  —  The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Friday that it's essential that the U.S. try to prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from having a part in Egypt's new government.  —  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on Fox's …
Discussion: CNN
John Hayward / Human Events:
CPAC Straw Poll Results  —  Attendees vote on the presidential candidates.  —  The results of the CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Ron Paul, with 30% of the vote.  Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23%, and all other candidates tied with about 6% each.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Hot Air and TPMDC
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David Weigel / Slate:
Father and son Ron and Rand Paul wow the crowd at CPAC.  —  Rand Paul has finished his speech to CPAC and is avoiding the crowds for a couple of minutes.  Outside of a small media suite, where he's taking questions, there are foreign TV cameras, college kids wearing stickers from Ron Paul's Campaign …
Discussion: TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
In straw polls, smart money's on Ron Paul
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet
Discussion: CBS News, Hit & Run and Don Surber
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
When Democracy Weakens  —  As the throngs celebrated in Cairo, I couldn't help wondering about what is happening to democracy here in the United States.  I think it's on the ropes.  We're in serious danger of becoming a democracy in name only.  —  While millions of ordinary Americans …
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama assertion: FBI can get phone records without oversight  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Raw Story and Vox Popoli
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Adds Glassner as Top Political Adviser  —  As Sarah Palin decides in the coming weeks or months whether to run for president, she will rely on the counsel of a newly hired chief of staff with a long history in Republican campaigns, who is coming aboard to bring order to her sprawling political operation.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dems look to Giffords for Senate seat  —  The race for Arizona's open Senate seat has quickly focused in on one question: What will Gabrielle Giffords do?  —  The Democratic congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson last month, is still undergoing rehabilitation in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head.
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Early, Long Whip Race Will Test GOP Cohesion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Outbreak at Playboy Mansion  —  Can the Playboy Mansion make you ill?  Hugh Hefner's iconic bachelor pad is under investigation after more than 80 guests at a conference and party there became sick with a suspected strain of Legionnaires' disease.  —  Scores of attendees at the Domainfest conference …
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Says He Doesn't Think Obama Is A Christian  —  When someone says they don't think President Barack Obama is actually a Christian, the expectation would be that they think he's secretly a Muslim.  Not Bill Maher.  On tonight's Real Time, in the process of arguing that Obama's …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Nabila Ramdani / Telegraph:
Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts  —  Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.  —  Plastic bullets and tear gas were used …
Stephen Largen / Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
Sen. Lee Bright: SC should coin own money  —  Continuing a pattern of attempts to assert South Carolina's independence from the federal government, State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, has introduced legislation that backs the creation of a new state currency that could protect the financial stability …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Friday Nerdblogging: Do Androids Dream of Human Marriage?  —  Usually, the slippery slope argument against gay marriage involves polygamy or bestiality, i.e., if we remove this restriction on marriage then we have to remove all restrictions on marriage.  Of course, polygamy and bestiality …
Discussion: Yglesias
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews on Egypt and Mubarak: ‘It Took Obama to Have This Happen’  —  Chris Matthews on Friday said that Hosni Mubarak's exit from Egypt and the jubilation now happening in Tahrir Square took Barack Obama to have happen.  —  As soon as he said it on the 5 p.m. installment of MSNBC's …
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Wing News and USA Today
New York Times:
Military Offers Assurances to Egypt and Neighbors  —  CAIRO — As a new era dawned in Egypt on Saturday, the army leadership sought to reassure Egyptians and the world that it would shepherd a transition to civilian rule and honor international commitments like its peace treaty with Israel.
Ricochet.com:
What the Turkish Military is Thinking  —  Flownover asked me for my opinion about what the Turkish military is thinking today.  I expect he meant, “What they're thinking about Egypt,” but I have to imagine their minds are on more immediate matters: The courts have just issued orders to lock up 162 of their officers:
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Mudville Gazette
Voice of America:
Pakistan Issues Arrest Warrant for Musharraf  —  Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (file photo)  —  Pakistani officials say an anti-terrorism court has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
BBC:
Deadly Taliban attack on Kandahar strikes police HQ  —  Explosions sent clouds of smoke rising above Kandahar  —  A Taliban raid on the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has killed 19 people, including 15 policemen, officials say.  —  Militants armed with suicide bombs …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
APD won't hinder citizens who videotape cops  —  Faced with complaints from a citizen watchdog group, Atlanta police will stop interfering with people who videotape officers performing their duties in public, an agreement reached with the city Thursday says.
 
 
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Reuters:
Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
From Pentagon, a Buy Rating on Contractors
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New York Times:
Security Forces Halt Protest in Algeria
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Republican lawmaker rips Joe Kennedy as Chavez ‘accomplice’
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Thune: I've avoided Iowa to tamp rumors
Washington Post:
Military pledges to oversee peaceful transition as protesters remain in Tahrir
Discussion: FrumForum and PostPartisan
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
Weekly Address: “It's Time Washington Acted as Responsibly as Our Families Do”
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
President Obama speaks of balancing act
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Mark Steyn: ‘The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot’
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
How The Mubarak Family Made Its Billions
Discussion: Reuters and ParaPundit