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12:20 PM ET, February 13, 2011


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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 and Don Surber
Noah Feldman / New York Times:   Sometimes, Justice Can Play Politics
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
At Gathering, Ron Paul Is No. 1 for 2012
Reuters:   Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll — again
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
What Egypt Can Teach America  —  It's a new day in the Arab world — and, let's hope, in American relations to the Arab world.  —  The truth is that the United States has been behind the curve not only in Tunisia and Egypt for the last few weeks, but in the entire Middle East for decades.
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 …
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt  —  For nearly three weeks, the Biden/Clinton/Obama policy concerning the tottering Mubarak regime was contradictory, incoherent, and predicated entirely on the perceived pulse of the demonstrations.  Finally, the confused administration seemed …
Discussion: Eunomia
Nabila Ramdani / Telegraph:
Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts
Thousands Defy Ban To Protest In Algeria
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
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
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Allen West closes CPAC promising ‘new dawn in America’
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
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
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 …
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
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