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11:05 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.
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Reuters:   Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll — again
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Allen West on ‘the dawn of a new America’
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Allen West closes CPAC promising ‘new dawn in America’
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
No Argument: Thomas Keeps 5-Year Silence  —  WASHINGTON — The anniversary will probably be observed in silence.  —  A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Noah Feldman / New York Times:   Sometimes, Justice Can Play Politics
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt
Discussion: Eunomia
Thousands Defy Ban To Protest In Algeria
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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ryan defends proposed GOP cuts  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended proposed Republican budget cuts to popular domestic programs Sunday as necessary to maintaining fiscal health.  —  “No matter how popular sounding these programs are, they jeopardize our children's future,” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul A. Rahe / Commentary Magazine:
How to Think About the Tea Party  —  On February 19, 2009, when the finance commentator Rick Santelli indulged in a rant against the newly unveiled “stimulus” bill on the CNBC cable network and called for a demonstration in Chicago modeled on the Boston Tea Party, he fired a shot heard round the country.
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Egypt May Have Just Won The Future.  —  I've been at CPAC all day, but my mind has been preoccupied with events in Egypt.  There's no guarantee that the military, now that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, will be willing to relinquish its own power when the time comes.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
South Carolina May Adopt Own Currency  —  Picking up on the ancestral tradition, South Carolinians have spent much of the last two years asserting various forms of independence from the federal government and attempting to block different federal laws.  Now a state senator from the Palmetto State …
Stephen Largen / Spartanburg Herald-Journal:   Sen. Lee Bright: SC should coin own money
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