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3:05 PM ET, February 16, 2011

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New York Post:
CBS reporter's Cairo nightmare  —  “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew!  Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NYU Accepts Rosen's Resignation  —  Just arriving from NYU: … Yesterday, I predicted, with some cynicism, some sweeping of this under the rug, so I applaud NYU's Center on Law and Security for taking this seriously.  I believe in the First Amendment and the need to forgive the occasional stupid …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Lunatic Left-Right Harmonic Rape Convergence Theory  —  Nir Rosen, the far-left journalist who joked about the sexual assault on Lara Logan, has company: Debbie Schlussel, the extreme right-wing commentator.  Rosen calls for the elimination of Israel, and is a pro-Hamas Hezbollah apologist …
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.
Debbie Schlussel:
How Muslims Celebrate Victory: Egypt's “Peaceful, Moderate, Democratic” Protesters
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Nir Rosen Resigns as NYU Fellow After Trashing Lara Logan on Twitter
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Nir Rosen, U.S. journalist trashes CBS' Lara Logan on Twitter after sexual assault in Egypt
Discussion: The Other McCain and Feministe
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Santorum Talks About Longtime Google Problem  —  Rick Santorum has a Google problem.  —  The former Pennsylvania Senator might be well-known on Capitol Hill, but his name more regularly produces blank stares in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, if recent polling is any guide.
Bburgess / Florida Governor Rick Scott:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Rejects Federal High Speed Rail  —  Feb 16th 2011; Tallahassee, Fla. - After thoughtful consideration, Governor Rick Scott informed U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood of the state's decision to reject President Obama's Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail project.
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CNN:
Scott rejects federal rail funds for Florida
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Florida gov. sends back high-speed rail money
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Scott sending high-speed rail money back to Washington?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
From Prison, Madoff Says Banks ‘Had to Know’ of Fraud  —  BUTNER, N.C. — Bernard L. Madoff said he never thought the collapse of his Ponzi scheme would cause the sort of destruction that has befallen his family.  —  In his first interview for publication since his arrest in December 2008 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Boehner the budget hawk shifts his course  —  “So be it.”  —  That was House Speaker John Boehner's cold answer when asked Tuesday about job losses that would come from his new Republican majority's plans to cut tens of billions of dollars in government spending this year.
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Rolling Stone:
Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Politics, Music and Puberty In New ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover Story  —  'I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,' Bieber tells Vanessa Grigoriadis  —  In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives on February 18th …
Glenn Kessler / Fact Checker:
Ryan's claims of trillions in new spending in the 2012 federal budget  —  “What we have is $1.6 trillion in new tax increases, $8.7 trillion in new spending.  He's going to be adding $13 trillion to the debt over the course of his budget.”  —  It's budget season in Washington again …
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Ezra Klein:
Was Simpson-Bowles really so great?
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Two Faces Of National Review  —  Once again, Adam Serwer is calling out Rich Lowry for criticizing Glenn Beck's loony ideas even as he publishes similar stuff: … That goes a bit too far, but it's true that Lowry has published lots of indefensible work by Andy McCarthy.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Beck: National Review Without The Bow Ties.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Alvin Greene soundly defeated in bid for state legislature seat  —  Washington (CNN) - Surprise candidate Alvin Greene was soundly defeated in his second bid for elective office on Tuesday.  He captured only 37 votes or just about .01% of the 3,892 cast in a Democratic primary to fill …
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Major Hasan, ‘Star Officer’  —  Every branch of the military issued a final report on the Fort Hood massacre.  Not a single one mentioned radical Islam.  —  In a month of momentous change, it was easy to overlook the significance of another revolutionary event.
Harris Interactive:
Cutting Government Spending May Be Popular But There Is Little Appetite For Cutting Specific Government Programs  —  Much less support for cutting programs now than in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated  —  Cutting government spending often sounds like a good idea to many people …
New York Times:
Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet  —  Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition's most potent weapons.  But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government's ferocious counterattack …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Political Failure of Keynesian Economics  —  Last August I asked a question: “What if Keynesian stimulus works, but no one can ever actually afford to do it, short of something like World War II, where the government can tap into a patriotic outpouring of national savings by issuing bonds with negative real yields.”
Susannah Bryan / Orlando Sentinel:
Davie paying officer to not work — for 7 years  —  Kevin Kilpatrick was put on paid leave after rift with department's top brass, his attorney says  —  The Davie Police Department hasn't let Officer Kevin Kilpatrick report to duty for seven years — but still pays him $80,275 annually.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich's financial empire shows his fundraising prowess  —  Dallas businesswoman Dawn Rizos received the unexpected invitation by fax: Come to a “private dinner” with Newt Gingrich in Washington, where you will be named an “entrepreneur of the year.”  —  The catch: Rizos had to pay …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Killers frontman eats with Romney  —  Is Brandon Flowers of The Killers following the lead of U2's Bono as a champion of political causes?  —  Or was Tuesday's lunch with Mitt Romney more a case of Romney, a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, courting the youth vote?
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
CBS News:
Gabrielle Giffords Knows Little About Shooting  —  Congresswoman's Chief of Staff: Word of Deaths, Others' Injuries Will Be Unknown to Her Until She Can Communicate Better  —  (CBS) It's been nearly six weeks since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a shooting rampage in Tucson …
Discussion: USA Today and AOL News
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Utah Death Threats Against Officials  —  Discovered at Lady Logician's place, a story of new threats against elected officials in the state of Utah.  As usual, somebody seems to be upset over immigration. … Certainly sounds like those nasty tea baggers are at it again.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama vulnerable...  Despite his recent popularity spike there should be no mistaking it- Barack Obama is vulnerable for reelection.  The problem for the GOP is that he's a lot more vulnerable against generic Republicans than the actual Republicans looking at the race.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Bachmann targets Michelle Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is taking issue with Michelle Obama over the first lady's recent promotion of breast-feeding.  —  Speaking to conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Most Oppose Cutting Funding for Health Care Reforms  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A majority of the public disapproves of the Republican idea to cut off funding for health care reform …
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
FCC's Copps calls on agency to address decline of ‘real journalism’  —  Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps made a case for a government hand in media policy in a speech to the FCBA on Tuesday.  —  “The commission can act now.  It should have acted on the media before now.
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The long term budget problem begins now  —  Let's look at President Obama's proposed long run budget path.  Click the graph to see a larger version.  —  I am comparing the past 50 years with the next 50 years under President Obama's proposed policies.  —  The dotted red line shows us that …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
No Dice, No Money, No Cheating.  Are You Sure This Is Monopoly?  —  You can still collect $200 when you pass “Go,” but not in piles of play money.  —  In the new version of Monopoly, the game's classic pastel-colored bills and the designated Banker have been banished …
Discussion: Marbury and NPR Blogs
 
 
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Pirate who ‘wanted to kill Americans’ gets 33 years for hijacking U.S. ship
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ABCNEWS:
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Washington Wire:
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Discussion: The New Republic
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Testifying Today Before the House Judiciary Committee
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate extends the Patriot Act for three months in 86-12 vote
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
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You Don't Need A Balanced Budget To Shrink The Debt Level
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 Earlier Items: 
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Christie to outline ‘big things’ in Washington speech
Discussion: USA Today, The Politico and GOP 12
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
California Supreme Court to consider key issue in battle over same-sex marriage
The Atlantic Online:
Will Democrats Force the Army Out of NASCAR?
National Review:
Thune in 2012?  —  As he settles into a high-backed chair …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
With Republican rifts on cuts, McConnell faces test to unite colleagues
Discussion: Prairie Weather