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3:45 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: TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
In straw polls, smart money's on Ron Paul
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet
Discussion: Hit & Run and Don Surber
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  —  What has been a remarkably cohesive and collegial Senate Republican leadership team threatens to be torn asunder over the next 18 months by a potentially divisive race for Whip and additional jockeying for other top Conference posts.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 and Vox Popoli
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
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 …
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Republican lawmaker rips Joe Kennedy as Chavez ‘accomplice’  —  Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), a rumored Senate candidate in 2012, focused his speech at CPAC on the threat posed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, ripping former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the process.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
Discussion: Reuters and ParaPundit
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Security Forces Halt Protest in Algeria  —  ALGIERS — Demonstrators, inspired by popular protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, protested here in Algeria's capital on Saturday before security forces moved in to break up the demonstration.  —  Gathering in the central May 1 Square …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and FrumForum
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews on Egypt and Mubarak: ‘It Took Obama to Have This Happen’
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Wing News and USA Today
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Rick Perry: Amazon decision wasn't the right one
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
Proposal Would Require You to Buy Insurance—On Your Dog!
The Note:
Haley Barbour's Big Tent: Mississippi Governor Offers Praise …
Discussion: CNN
JSOnline:
Ad won't trigger additional funds for court candidates
Discussion: Don Surber
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Thune: I've avoided Iowa to tamp rumors
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: TBogg and Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Weigel:
CPAC 2011: Big Ol' Gay Party
Free exchange:
How to spot trouble  —  PERHAPS it's an indicator of a low birth rate …
Discussion: Mother Jones