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2:35 AM ET, February 12, 2011

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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 …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama honors Gibbs on press secretary's last day at White House  —  It took almost seven years, but President Obama finally returned the tie he borrowed from his press secretary Robert Gibbs.  —  Obama brought back the tie during an appearance in the White House briefing room to say a public …
The Politico:
Now the hard part for Egypt - and U.S.  —  After days of frustration and high anxiety during which the United States looked impotent and at times out of touch with developments in Egypt, the Obama administration finally notched a foreign policy victory with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ellis Goldberg / Foreign Affairs:
Why Egypt's Military Will Not Embrace Democracy  —  Summary: Now that Mubarak has stepped down, the army may step in as a transitional power, recognizing that it must turn power over to the people quickly.  More likely, however, is the return of the somewhat austere military authoritarianism of decades past.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces …
Ahmed Eleiba / english.ahram.org.eg:
Army and presidency at odds - says former intelligence official
New York Times:
Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Scocca
New York Times:
Egypt Erupts in Jubilation as Mubarak Steps Down
USA Today:
Ron Paul: U.S. ‘propped up’ Mubarak in Egypt  —  On a day of change in Egypt, Republican congressman Ron Paul urged conservatives today to rethink America's role as a global leader and repeated his call to save U.S. dollars by ending foreign aid.  —  “Foreign aid is taking money from poor people …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul slams Patriot Act, backers drown out jeers at conference  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) elicited the loudest reaction of any speaker so far at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, with a throng of raucous supporters drowning out audible boos emanating from the CPAC crowd.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Egypt Captivates World's Attention — Except at CPAC  —  Three weeks of historic protests in Egypt upended President Hosni Mubarak's regime on Friday with the world looking.  But here at the Conservative Political Action Conference, no one took any notice.  —  For the past 36 hours …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Thune ‘coming to final stages’ of 2012 decision
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune jabs Palin, '12ers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Tea Party wins: House GOP spending bill cuts at least $100 billion  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Friday evening introduced a revised 2011 government spending bill that the GOP said will cut at least $100 billion in spending this fiscal year, bowing to demands by Tea Party-backed House freshmen.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin impersonator stuns CPAC  —  Just how much of a draw is Sarah Palin among conservatives?  —  A Palin impersonator drew dozens of excited, mostly young CPAC attendees around her in the hotel lobby here just as Mitt Romney, the GOP's ostenisble frontrunner, was taking the stage.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz
Discussion: Cubachi
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The GOP Cannot Control Its Own Noise Machine (The Egypt Edition)  —  Tune into Glenn Beck tonight to watch the Fox News host explain how the pro-democracy uprising in Egypt, which culminated in the peaceful overthrow of the country's authoritarian rule, is a demonstrably bad thing.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Firedoglake
Washington Post:
In Obama's Words  —  Washington, D.C. … Obama delivers remarks on Egypt  —  SPEECH TRANSCRIPT  —  Good afternoon, everybody.  —  There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place.  This is one of those moments.  This is one of those times.
Discussion: Mediaite
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JSOnline:
Walker calls for cuts or big layoffs  —  Changes would cost state workers 8% of pay  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that thousands of state workers would be laid off if the Legislature does not adopt his budget fix …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Orrin Hatch Gets Booed, and Doesn't Like It  —  Orrin Hatch's please-don't-let-me-be-another-Bob- Bennett tour had been going well.  His speech and audience Q&A at the Tea Party Express “town hall” this week was, as such things go, friendly.  —  What that event was lacking: Hundreds of Ron Paul supporters ready to boo him.
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger, Andrew Ian Dodge  —  CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger, Andrew Ian Dodge  —  There have been rumors that Andrew Ian Dodge would challenge Olympia Snowe in the 2012 Republican primary.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Meet Olympia Snowe's New Hard Rocking Tea Party Challenger
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Roll Call
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Big Ol' Gay Party  —  WASHINGTON — On January 7, Andrew Breitbart said he was fed up with the social conservative groups boycotting CPAC over the inclusion of the gay Republican group GOProud and wanted to do something about it.  —  “I will be the harshest critic of the activist gay left …
Discussion: Wonkette and Salon
Free exchange:
How to spot trouble  —  PERHAPS it's an indicator of a low birth rate (so no one to pay for future pensions).  Maybe it hints at a lack of ambition and accountability.  Or maybe it's a sign of a civilisation in the final stage of decline.  Whatever explains it, the correlation is remarkable:
Discussion: Mother Jones
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of “appeasing” the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty dismisses ‘birthers’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin hires chief-of-staff  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has added a veteran Republican strategist to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC, CNN has learned.  —  Michael Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator …
David Ingram / The BLT:
Senators Skip Over Federal Circuit Nominee  —  One of President Barack Obama's nominees for an appellate judgeship has been waiting 10 months for a confirmation hearing, an unusual length of time given that the president's party has control of the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: ACS Blog
 
 
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