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4:45 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 …
Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Apologies From Dubai.  Nir Rosen: ‘I Feel Like Shrinking Now’  —  Somehow left-wing journalist Nir Rosen didn't realize how serious it was when he shot off those tasteless tweets about CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Egypt.  Strangers are now lambasting him.
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 …
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Nir Rosen, U.S. journalist trashes CBS' Lara Logan on Twitter after sexual assault in Egypt
Debbie Schlussel:
How Muslims Celebrate Victory: Egypt's “Peaceful, Moderate, Democratic” Protesters
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
House Votes to Cancel F-35 Jet Engine Program  —  WASHINGTON — In a sign that some freshman Republicans were willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years.
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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.
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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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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision  —  Gov. Chris Christie today delivered a broadside against the broken politics of Washington and the need for straight talk to solve the country's problems in a speech that will stoke talk of a 2012 presidential bid by the New Jersey Republican.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Christie: ‘My wife would kill me’ if I run for presidency
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Christie dings Obama, GOP for not focusing on ‘big things’
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
PBS stars fight for funding  —  Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) rarely holds press conferences with animated aardvarks, but he went for it on Wednesday, coaxing the shy Arthur the Aardvark up to the podium.  —  “Come over here Arthur,” Markey beckoned to the human-sized title character in the PBS series …
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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
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats to hold campaign fundraiser for Gabrielle Giffords
Discussion: TPMDC, The Note and FrumForum
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
New press secretary makes debut at White House  —  New White House press secretary Jay Carney stuck to most of the same tricks as his predecessor in his inaugural briefing.  —  Like the departed Robert Gibbs, Carney stuck to calling on the same reporters in the same order …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Forecasts Faster Growth as Economy Gathers Steam  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve revealed Wednesday that its policy makers had substantially upgraded their forecasts for how much the United States economy will grow this year, even though they expect that unemployment will remain painfully high for some time.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney to form consulting firm  —  White House spokesman Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, a former aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, will leave the administration this Friday to form their own political consulting firm, sources told POLITICO.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Top intel official revises remark on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood  —  The top U.S. intelligence official on Wednesday revised remarks he recently made on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, saying the group is “obviously not secular.”  —  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had told House lawmakers …
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.
Front Page Magazine:
Horowitz vs. Khan  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Feb 16th, 2011 and filed under Daily Mailer, FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can skip to the end and leave a response.  Pinging is currently not allowed.  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar …
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
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.”
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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