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3:45 AM ET, February 13, 2011


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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.
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.
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
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
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Mark Steyn: ‘The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot’
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 …
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 …
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 and Liberty Pundits Blog
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Allen West closes CPAC promising ‘new dawn in America’
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 …
Egypt: Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune  —  Hosni Mubarak used the 18 days it took for protesters to topple him to shift his vast wealth into untraceable accounts overseas, Western intelligence sources have said.  —  The price of Brent crude rose sharply early …
Discussion: Blog
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 and UrbanGrounds
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Administration rails against GOP plan to block funding for climate regulations  —  A government spending bill authored by House Republicans that would block funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's pending climate rules is “irresponsible and reckless,” a “preliminary analysis” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
To Defend the Accused in a Tucson Rampage, First a Battle to Get Inside a Mind  —  TUCSON — Judy Clarke, the public defender for the man charged in the Tucson shooting, Jared L. Loughner, has made motions on his behalf and entered a plea for him of not guilty.
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift  —  WASHINGTON — Last Saturday afternoon, President Obama got a jarring update from his national security team: With restive crowds of young Egyptians demanding President Hosni Mubarak's immediate resignation, Frank G. Wisner …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Noah Feldman / New York Times:
Sometimes, Justice Can Play Politics  —  WHAT is it about those robes?  They are only flimsy bits of wools, enlivened in a few cases by some very European lace at the collar.  Yet the moment our Supreme Court justices put them on, a segment of the concerned public imagines …
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
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Palestinian Leaders Suddenly Call for Elections  —  JERUSALEM — The Palestinian leadership announced Saturday that it planned to hold presidential and parliamentary elections by September, apparently a response to the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt calling for greater democracy and government accountability.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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: Raw Story, Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
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Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Full text: Mitch Daniels' speech to CPAC
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and 24Ahead
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Girds for Anti-State Protests
Discussion: BBC,, Doug Ross and Time
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
White House to Iran: Allow opposition demonstrations there
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
From Pentagon, a Buy Rating on Contractors
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Deadly Taliban attack on Kandahar strikes police HQ
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Friday Nerdblogging: Do Androids Dream of Human Marriage?
Discussion: Yglesias
Stephen Largen / Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
Sen. Lee Bright: SC should coin own money
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Early, Long Whip Race Will Test GOP Cohesion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Chris Matthews on Egypt and Mubarak: ‘It Took Obama to Have This Happen’
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Wing News and USA Today
New York Times:
Security Forces Halt Protest in Algeria
Discussion: FrumForum and EA WorldView
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Adds Glassner as Top Political Adviser
Discussion: Cubachi and CNN
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Rick Perry: Amazon decision wasn't the right one
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Republican lawmaker rips Joe Kennedy as Chavez ‘accomplice’
Discussion: CNN
The Note:
Haley Barbour's Big Tent: Mississippi Governor Offers Praise …
Discussion: CNN
Voice of America:
Pakistan Issues Arrest Warrant for Musharraf
Discussion: AmSpecBlog

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Andre Rhoden-Paul / BBC:
Ofcom launches an investigation into the Dan Wootton Tonight show on GB News after Laurence Fox insulted journalist Ava Evans, sparking 7,300 complaints

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Letterboxd's founders sell a majority stake to Canadian company Tiny; a source says the deal values the film-focused social network with ~10M users at $50M+

Wall Street Journal:
The WGA's pact with studios and streamers represents a formal end to “peak TV”, a decade that saw an explosion of programming for viewers and jobs in Hollywood

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