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1:55 PM ET, February 12, 2011

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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: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
In straw polls, smart money is on Ron Paul  —  Here's a pretty safe bet: Ron Paul will win Saturday's Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.  Or at least do better than many better-known and better-financed 2012 Republican presidential candidates.  —  Why?
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet
Discussion: Hit & Run and Don Surber
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul slams Patriot Act, backers drown out jeers at conference
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Elated protesters ‘staying put’ in Tahrir Square until democracy demands are met
Discussion: FrumForum and PostPartisan
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 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Mark Steyn: ‘The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot’  —  Missing the warning signs of the Egyptian revolution is certain to subject the Obama administration to some criticism, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's public comments aren't helping the president.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Egypt Captivates World's Attention — Except at CPAC
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: Vox Popoli
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Tea Party wins: $100 billion in cuts in House GOP spending bill  —  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.
CNN:
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 …
The Note:
Haley Barbour's Big Tent: Mississippi Governor Offers Praise For Potential Presidential Rivals At CPAC  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took his obligatory turn at hitting the Obama piñata at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday …
Discussion: CNN
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
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
How The Mubarak Family Made Its Billions … A tourist in Cairo spots three photographs on the wall of a restaurant: one of Nasser, another of Sadat, and the third of Hosni Mubarak.  He asks the owner who the first man is, and the owner tells him it's the man who overthrew the Egyptian monarchy and served as the country's president.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Obama plays Egypt just right, backing protesters over dictator Mubarak  —  Egyptians celebrated the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square.  Festivities lasted well into the night.  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans struggled with a pesky intramural squabble Friday over budget cuts …
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
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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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
President Obama speaks of balancing act
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Ingram / The BLT:
Senators Skip Over Federal Circuit Nominee
Discussion: ACS Blog
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
CPAC Exclusive: An Interview With Olympia Snowe's Primary Challenger …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Egypt Grand Foyer
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Big Ol' Gay Party
Discussion: Wonkette and Salon
Free exchange:
How to spot trouble  —  PERHAPS it's an indicator of a low birth rate …
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Orrin Hatch Gets Booed, and Doesn't Like It
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin impersonator stuns CPAC