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6:40 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 …
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.
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  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he doesn't feel ready to make a run for the White House and ruled out a bid in 2012.  —  Christie was in Washington on Wednesday for a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Christie dings Obama, GOP for not focusing on ‘big things’
Discussion: The Note and CNN
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mark Levin Cool on Chris Christie
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse  —  Tells “60 Minutes” Writing About Abuse Was An Act Of Catharsis For Him  —  Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor in a “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Page and FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown says he was sex-abuse victim
Discussion: The Politico
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / Politics Daily:   Sen. Scott Brown Says He Was Sexually and Physically Abused as Child
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown says he was sexually abused as a child
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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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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 …
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Panetta: If captured, bin Laden would be held at Guantanamo  —  The head of the CIA told senators on Wednesday that Osama bin Laden would be held at Guantanamo Bay prison if he were captured.  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta was asked by the ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:   Top intel official revises remark on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
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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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 …
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.
Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
UC-Davis Backs Away from ‘Christian Oppressors’ Policy  —  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Alternatives to Inefficient Ticket Pricing  —  As history's greatest monster, I've long been disturbed by good bands' aversion to efficient demand-based pricing for their shows.  Annie Lowrey's article about LCD Soundsystem's anti-scalper efforts is confirming my priors:
Discussion: Slate
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
David Zaxtoday / Fast Company:
Bill Clinton in Surprise Talk on Tech: It's the Institutions, Stupid  —  The former president made a surprise visit to the Wired for Change conference in New York today to speak on the use—and overuse—of technology in developing and developed nations.  —  Though he joked he was too much of a dinosaur …
Discussion: The Politico and Runnin' Scared
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.
ABCNEWS:
Teacher Blogged About ‘Rat-Like’ Students  —  Pennsylvania Teacher Natalie Munroe, Suspended With Pay, Says She Did Nothing Wrong  —  Teacher Natalie Munroe makes no excuses for writing blog posts about her students which include statements like, “A complete and utter jerk in all ways,” …
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 …
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 one percent of the 3,892 cast in a Democratic primary to fill …
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Population Sinks to 1920 Level  —  CHICAGO—A larger-than-expected exodus over the past 10 years reduced the population of Chicago to a level not seen in nearly a century.  —  The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that during the decade ended in 2010, Chicago's population fell 6.9% …
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.
 
 
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CBS News:
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