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3:55 AM ET, February 16, 2011


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CBS News:
CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests  —  CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Separated From Her Crew And Brutally Assaulted on Day Mubarak Stepped Down  —  On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
An Appalling Reaction to an Outrageous Crime  —  The news from CBS about correspondent Lara Logan's assault in Egypt is awful beyond words.  —  At a time like this, we all feel helpless.  And angry.  The perpetrators, anonymous men in an angry mob, may never see justice.
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Nir Rosen trashes Lara Logan, dismisses her sexual assault  —  Left-wing journalist Nir Rosen joked today about the sexual assault of CBS News' chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan.  Logan was assaulted on Friday during celebrations in Cairo that followed Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Media Decoder: CBS Correspondent Was Attacked  —  Lara Logan, the distinguished CBS News correspondent, was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo on Feb. 11, the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the network news division said in a statement Tuesday.
NY Daily News:
Lara Logan, ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent, suffers ‘sustained’ sex assault by Egypt mob: CBS News  —  Intrepid “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan endured a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault by a mob of men while covering the Egyptian uprising, CBS News said.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Joe. My. God.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Horrendous: CBS reporter brutally sexually assaulted during Cairo protests  —  It's not entirely clear what happened, but it's clear enough.  Unspeakable. … Logan wasn't the only reporter in danger while covering the protests.  Katie Couric and Brian Williams ended up leaving Egypt early …
Debbie Schlussel:
How Muslims Celebrate Victory: Egypt's “Peaceful, Moderate, Democratic” Protesters
Discussion: alicublog and Right Wing News
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney and the Birthers  —  Birtherism is alive and well within the GOP ranks, and their 2012 nominee preferences tell a story about the difficulty Mitt Romney faces in trying to appeal to an electorate that's a whole lot further out there than he is.  —  Birthers make a majority among …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Birthers love Sarah Palin far more than any other 2012 GOP hopeful  —  The new poll from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling finds that a majority of likely GOP primary voters falsely believe Obama wasn't born in the United States.  But this breakdown of their attitudes towards Sarah Palin is of particular interest:
Andy Barr / The Politico:
51% of GOP voters: Obama foreign
The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto House Republican spending measure  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the House GOP's measure funding the federal government.  —  In a statement of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget said cuts included …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... As of this morning, the official Republican line …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
John Boehner: If federal jobs are lost, ‘So be it’
Political Correction:   Speaker Boehner: If GOP Spending Cuts Kill Jobs, “So Be It”
General David Petraeus /
Petraeus to leave Afghan post  —  The Times of London is reporting from exclusive sources that General David Petraeus, the commander of the US-led international coalition in Afghanistan, is to be replaced. … The report said the US is seeking sweeping changes of top US leadership in Afghanistan …
Myra MacDonald / Pakistan: Now or Never?:
Afghanistan: Petraeus, personalities and policy  —  Buried in the Washington Post story on Marc Grossman taking over as the new U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan are some interesting references to the possible departure of U.S. commander General David Petraeus.
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Egypt: Islamist judge to head new constitution committee  —  Egypt's new ruling military council has appointed an Islamist judge to head the committee drawing up a new constitution, angering some of those who argued last week's revolution would deliver the country to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Defector who triggered war on Iraq: I lied about WMD  —  • Man codenamed Curveball ‘invented’ tales of bioweapons  —  • Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime  —  • Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion  —  Read the full story of how the US was duped
Paul Begala / The Daily Beast:
No Cash for You, Kentucky  —  While its small-government crusaders decry Obama's budget and government spending, the Bluegrass State is thriving on D.C. welfare.  Paul Begala says it's the perfect place for a truly democratic experiment.  —  The great Mark Shields has said that most Americans …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Dissecting Shirley Sherrod's Complaint Against Andrew Breitbart  —  I'm not going to repeat all the background; read my prior posts:  — The Original Sherrod Clip Was Not “False”  — Shirley Sherrod May Prefer The Life Left Unexamined  — Shirley Sherrod Catches Andrew Breitbart's Car
Discussion: Power Line and Right Wing News
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers  —  A bill under consideration in the Mount Rushmore State would make preventing harm to a fetus a “justifiable homicide” in many cases.  —  Post Comment  —  A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
South Dakota legislator defends bill to make killing to defend fetuses a “justifiable homicide”
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Haley Barbour in KKK plate uproar  —  'I don't go around denouncing people.  That's not going to happen,' said Haley Barbour.  AP Photo  —  In the latest racially charged incident in his home state, Haley Barbour on Tuesday drew fire when he refused to condemn a proposal honoring …
Discussion: CNN
Paul Bedard / US News:
Healthcare Reform Law Requires New IRS Army Of 1,054  —  The Internal Revenue Service says it will need an battalion of 1,054 new auditors and staffers and new facilities at a cost to taxpayers of more than $359 million in fiscal 2012 just to watch over the initial implementation of President Obama's healthcare reforms.
Mark Hertsgaard / The Politico:
Climate change: GOP Galileo moment  —  Will it take the Republican Party as long to accept modern science as it took the Roman Catholic Church?  The church waited 359 years to admit Galileo was right — the earth does move around the sun.  Not until 1992 did the Vatican officially withdraw …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
KS GOP Rep. Connie O'Brien Says She Can Tell Who Is ‘Illegal’ Because They Have ‘The Olive Complexion’  —  One week ago, the Kansas House Federal and State Committee held a hearing about in-state tuition being granted to the children of undocumented immigrants, which has been the policy in the state since 2004.
David Klepper / Kansas City Star:
Democrats criticize Kansas lawmaker's comments about ‘olive complexion’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Ever-More-Desperate Health Care Budget Gimmicks  —  I attracted a lot of angry comments last October when I wrote that I didn't trust the Democrats to be much more fiscally responsible than the Republicans.  What made people especially angry was that I argued that ObamaCare …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Wall Street Journal:
Get Out of My Way, You Jerk!  —  Researchers Study ‘Sidewalk Rage,’ Seeking Insights on Anger's Origins and Coping Techniques  —  You don't need a car to get road rage.  —  For many people, few things are more infuriating than slow walkers—those seemingly inconsiderate people who clog up sidewalks …
Laura Brown / Harper's BAZAAR:
HILLARY CLINTON: MYTH AND REALITY  —  It's been a long journey for Hillary Clinton.  But after years of political and personal challenges, the secretary of state is exactly where she belongs.  Read the interview below and then check out behind-the-scenes images from Clinton's Bazaar photo shoot.
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
Can IR theory predict the future of the euro?  —  It's not as though the world came to a halt while the Egyptian drama was keeping us glued to our laptops, and at least one interesting development is worth watching closely for a number of reasons.  You all know that the EU has been facing …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
HHS Will Become Nation's First Trillion-Dollar-Per-Year Cabinet Department When Obamacare's …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Harman to stay until Feb. 28
Discussion: CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama presser on budget proposal
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Nice Deb
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine could speak with Obama as early as today
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Village onthe rocks: CW shift?
John / Power Line:
More Racism on the Left
Ezra Klein:
How penicillin fooled us
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times