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3:45 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.
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Noah Feldman / New York Times:   Sometimes, Justice Can Play Politics
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.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
John McCain: Putin and Hu Should Watch Out  —  Ariz. Republican Calls Egyptian Revolution “Repudiation of al Qaeda,” Says Protests Will Not Be Confined to Middle East  —  (CBS) Arizona Sen. John McCain predicted on Sunday that the recent governmental overthrow in Egypt …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Calls for Worldwide Democracy Promotion  —  Warns Against Muslim Brotherhood Rise in Egypt  —  Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, criticized the Obama administration's handling of the crisis in Egypt, warned against the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Revolution in Egypt  —  Interviews with Newt Gingrich, Amb.  Sameh Shoukry, Ehud Barak and Tim Pawlenty  —  AMANPOUR: OK, well, as you know...  GINGRICH: So I — but I don't — I don't think — our focus shouldn't be on Obama.  Our focus ought to be …
New York Times:
Egypt's Military Dissolves Parliament; Calls for Vote  —  CAIRO — The Egyptian military, for the first time publicly laying out the terms of its rule, said Sunday that it had dissolved the country's parliament, suspended its constitution and called for elections in six months …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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Wall Street Journal:
Egypt's Military Rulers Suggest They Will Honor Israel Treaty
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Frank Gaffney Braves Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration To Warn CPAC About Grover Norquist  —  CPAC is the year's preeminent conservative conference, bringing together the right and the far-right, but one very prominent neo-conservative voice had vowed to boycott the event this year because …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Byron Tau / The Politico:
Right fractures over Islam
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Salon
Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Video: ACU's Suhail Khan declares that there is no Muslim Brotherhood …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama budget falls far short of debt commission savings plan  —  President Obama's 2012 budget request to be released on Monday will reduce budget deficits over the next decade by only a quarter of the amount proposed by the presidential debt commission in December, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday.
Discussion: The Politico
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
AP Source: Obama to seek changes in Pell Grants  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's budget plan would cut $100 billion from Pell Grants and other higher education programs over a decade through belt-tightening and use the savings to keep the maximum college financial aid award at $5,550, an administration official said.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Segal / New York Times:
The Dirty Little Secrets of Search  —  PRETEND for a moment that you are Google's search engine.  —  Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter.  What will be the very first result?  —  There are, of course, a lot of possibilities.  Macy's comes to mind.  Maybe a specialty chain, like J. Crew or the Gap.
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.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
At Gathering, Ron Paul Is No. 1 for 2012
Reuters:
Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll — again
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Telegraph:
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Live from ‘An Evening With Nokia’ at MWC 2011!  —  6:54PM “It is the case that as I entered Nokia, and worked literally every single day with the senior leaders of Nokia, I had to go through this assessment.”  —  6:52PM “We have been in consulation with Intel — including immediately …
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch, more at Techmeme »
Paul Krugman:
Eat the Future  —  The public says it wants to see government spending cut — and the Tea Partiers really, really want spending cut — but people don't want to cut any program they like; and they like almost everything.  What's a conservative to do?  —  The obvious answer, once you think about it …
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 …
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NPR:
Thousands Defy Ban To Protest In Algeria
 
 
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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
South Carolina May Adopt Own Currency
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ryan defends proposed GOP cuts
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Paul A. Rahe / Commentary Magazine:
How to Think About the Tea Party
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Egypt May Have Just Won The Future.
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Press Association:
Muslims good for UK - Cherie sister
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New York Times:
To Defend the Accused in a Tucson Rampage, First a Battle to Get Inside a Mind
Discussion: Althouse and TalkLeft
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Palestinian Leaders Suddenly Call for Elections
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Administration rails against GOP plan to block funding for climate regulations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Allen West on ‘the dawn of a new America’