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12:30 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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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.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Lara Logan's Egypt Nightmare  —  The hard-charging CBS News correspondent was attacked in Tahrir Square, sexually assaulted, and hospitalized.  Howard Kurtz on the mob she faced, and her first steps toward recovery.  —  Lara Logan had already been arrested in Egypt when she decided …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Lunatic Left-Right Harmonic Rape Convergence Theory
Discussion: Swampland and The Daily Caller
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NYU Accepts Rosen's Resignation
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Will Democrats Force the Army Out of NASCAR?  —  Mark Martin reclines against car, sponsored by the U.S. Army. credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images  —  The Pentagon has had a decade-long business partnership with the NASCAR stock-car racing circuit that has been a boon to the sport.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Encouraging Tim Kaine To Run For Virginia Senate Seat
Discussion: TPMDC
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine, Obama to discuss possible Senate run
Discussion: Politics Daily, USA Today, CNN and TPMDC
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
All the President's Men (and Women)
Discussion: New York Times and Politics
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Alvin Greene gets fewer than 40 votes in South Carolina race
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
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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Michael Shear / The Caucus:
In Push for More Jobs, Do Federal Workers Count?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama to GOP: I'll veto your budget if you try to cut ... defense  —  In fairness, Gates did say yesterday that the Pentagon can't do its job this year with cuts of more than $9 billion.  The GOP wants to cut $15 billion, but to soften that, the plan is to attach a full military appropriations bill …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Betsy's Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
With GOP rifts on cuts, McConnell faces test to unite colleagues  —  Rifts have already begun to emerge in the Senate Republican Conference over a House GOP proposal to cut $61 billion from the federal budget.  —  Conservative and even some mainstream members are calling for Senate Republicans …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
National Review:
Thune in 2012?  —  As he settles into a high-backed chair in his private Senate office, John Thune tells me that if he jumps into the 2012 presidential race, he will be in it to win it — no test-run for 2016, no show-horse spectacle.  “The reason you do it is that you really believe that the future is now,” he says.
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feingold forms PAC to boost liberal candidates, fight corporate influence  —  Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on Wednesday announced the formation of a new liberal political group meant to boost progressive candidates and combat corporate influence in politics.
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 …
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Scott sending high-speed rail money back to Washington?  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott just announced he's taking a pass on $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money President Obama's administration had earmarked for a high-speed train connecting Orlando and Tampa.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Democracy isn't enough  —  Though one hates to nitpick, it seems that Middle East coverage on cable TV has been only almost perfect.  You see, for some reason, a number of anchors and talking heads have made a careless habit of using the words “democracy” and “freedom” as if they were interchangeable ideas.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Christie to outline ‘big things’ in Washington speech  —  Washington (CNN) - No matter many times he denies having his sights on the White House in 2012, presidential buzz seems to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wherever he goes.  —  His latest foray onto the national stage comes Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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 …
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Egypt, a Fresh Start, With Cities
Discussion: Yglesias and Economix
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats to hold campaign fundraiser for Gabrielle Giffords
Discussion: The Note
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
California Supreme Court to consider key issue in battle over same-sex marriage
Mitra Kalita / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Demand Bigger Down Payments
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Calculated Risk
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Had Year of Warnings Over Egypt
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Weigel:
How “Leadership” on the Budget is Becoming “Entitlement Cuts”
Discussion: Yglesias and The New Republic