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10:45 PM ET, February 12, 2011


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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.
Byron Tau / The Politico:
YAF kicks out Ron Paul  —  A prominent conservative activist group has given Ron Paul the boot.  —  The Young Americans for Freedom has voted the Texas congressman off its national advisory board in the aftermath of his straw poll win at CPAC over his positions on national security issues.
Fox News:
Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC — Again  —  For the second year in a row, Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, earning 30 percent of the vote.  —  The Texas congressman, known for his libertarian views …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
At Gathering, Ron Paul Is No. 1 for 2012  —  WASHINGTON — With the Republican presidential campaign poised to open, conservative activists signaled on Saturday that they were unsettled over who should win the party's nomination, indicating a wide-open race for the right to challenge President Obama.
Reuters:   Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll — again
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Weigel / Slate:
Father and son Ron and Rand Paul wow the crowd at CPAC.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
King: Obama needs to put his foot down on Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: CNN
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:   Former Ambassador John Bolton warns Obama on Egypt
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Coulter: Nominate Christie, because Romney will lose  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter warned activists Saturday that if the party nominates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, President Obama will win reelection.  —  Asked in a Q&A session after a bombastic speech at CPAC …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Allen West closes CPAC promising ‘new dawn in America’  —  Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) gave a speech to close this year's Conservative Political Action Conference that earned a more enthusiastic reaction from conservative activists than those given by most rumored 2012 presidential hopefuls over the past three days.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Allen West on ‘the dawn of a new America’  —  Washington (CNN) - Freshman GOP Rep. Allen West of Florida outlined three “pillars of conservatism” that will lead to the “new dawn of a new America” in a rousing speech given to close the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.
Discussion: Cubachi
Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation  —  Radical Islam will be result of U.S. push for democracy, Mubarak told Israel's Ben-Eliezer during a phone call on Thursday.  —  Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest …
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 …
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 …
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
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
White House to Iran: Allow opposition demonstrations there  —  The White House said Saturday that, off the heels of 18 days of Egyptian protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Iran should allow its people to demonstrate.  —  Tehran had praised Egyptians for rising …
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
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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.
Discussion: Cubachi and CNN
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.
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Early, Long Whip Race Will Test GOP Cohesion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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New York Times:
Security Forces Halt Protest in Algeria
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Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: AmSpecBlog