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10:55 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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Lara Logan Assault: For Female Reporters, the Added Peril of Turbulent Places … Lara Logan appeared fearless and intrepid when she reported from war zones — exactly what you want in a foreign correspondent.  —  The reporter “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” …
NY Daily News:
Lara Logan, ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent, suffers ‘sustained’ sex assault by Egypt mob: CBS News
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Joe. My. God.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Media Decoder: CBS Correspondent Was Attacked
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 …
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?  —  Bob Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is a calm, even-tempered guy.  Imagine a budget appendix that gained the power of speech, and perhaps of bemusement, and you're pretty close.  Monday was the first time I've ever heard him sound agitated.
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.
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 …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Republican Numbers
Discussion: TPMDC and GOP 12
BBC:
Libya: Protests ‘rock city of Benghazi’  —  BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo talks about the protests in Libya as amateur video is released of clashes in Benghazi  —  Hundreds of people have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, reports say.
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Hisham / Global Voices in English:
Libya: Protests Against Gaddafi Start Ahead of Schedule
Discussion: Harry's Place and The Daily Dish
Aljazeera:
Violent protests break out in Libya
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOT ALL ENTITLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL.... When policymakers talk about “entitlement reform,” they're generally referring to several massive programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  When the discussion shifts to long-term fiscal challenges, all three tend to be lumped together.
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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.
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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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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Liberal Egyptian leader Ayman Nour: “In practice, the Camp David accords have come to an end”  —  My sense from Twitter is that most people think the political story of the day in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood forming its own party.  Not so.  That was a fait accompli the moment …
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Egypt: Islamist judge to head new constitution committee
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.
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 …
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: Betsy's Page
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 …
WFSB-TV:
Ted Kennedy Jr. Rules Out Senate Run  —  Kennedy Wants More Time With Family  —  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Ted Kennedy Jr. told Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Karen Lee that he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.  —  He revealed his decision Tuesday at the JKF Legacy Dinner commemorating …
Discussion: The Fix and USA Today
General David Petraeus / rt.com:
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 …
 
 
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