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1:00 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.
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 …
Discussion: Swampland and The Daily Caller
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.
Debbie Schlussel:
How Muslims Celebrate Victory: Egypt's “Peaceful, Moderate, Democratic” Protesters  —  As I've noted before, it bothers me not a lick when mainstream media reporters who keep telling us Muslims and Islam are peaceful get a taste of just how “peaceful” Muslims and Islam really are.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Lara Logan's Egypt Nightmare
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:   CBS Reporter Targeted in Sexual Assault
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 …
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 and HotAirPundit
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Alvin Greene gets fewer than 40 votes in South Carolina race
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine, Obama to discuss possible Senate run
Discussion: Politics Daily, USA Today, TPMDC and CNN
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
All the President's Men (and Women)
Discussion: New York Times and Politics
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
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?
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Egypt, a Fresh Start, With Cities
Discussion: Yglesias and Economix
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Christie to outline ‘big things’ in Washington speech
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Democracy isn't enough  —  Though one hates to nitpick …
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
Damien Cave / New York Times:
American Immigration Agent Killed by Gunmen in Mexico
Discussion: Fox News, FrumForum and Hot Air