TODAY IN POLITICS: Push to de-fund Planned Parenthood gaining momentum, Activist: Another abortion clinic ignoring law, Obama’s ‘anti-energy’ agenda challenged
Leaves Cairo for resort town
Updated 17 min. ago
The Vice President of Egypt has just announced on Egyptian State run television that Hosni Mubarak has resigned as President of Egypt. Earlier today he and his family left Cairo for a palace outside of the city. It is reported that the military has taken over running the country.
Large rallies have continued in cities all around Egypt.
President Obama will address the situation in Egypt at the White House at 3pm ET today followed by the daily White House Briefing. More »
Updated 49 min. ago
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) moves onto day two where high profile politicians and possible 2012 presidential candidates meetr to discuss the conservative political agenda.
The annual three-day meeting aims to promote the conservative movement and advocate for domestic policies. Today’s speakers include Former Governors Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Mitt Romney (R-MA), Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Later tonight, Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) will speak during a banquet paying tribute to former President Ronald Reagan. More »
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The Obama Administration delivered a report to Congress today that aims to reform America’s housing finance market. This morning, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveiled the plan to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and shrink the government’s current footprint in housing finance on a responsible timeline at a forum hosted by the Brookings Institution today.
By GLENN THRUSH | 2/11/11 9:00 AM
The new senior adviser is already reinstituting some of the discipline of the 2008 campaign.
By MANU RAJU | 2/11/11 12:16 PM
The decision comes after Kyl says he’s not running.
By MIKE ZAPLER | 2/11/11 10:59 AM
The Justice Department may be wary about going after a POTUS-praised job-creating machine.
By DAVID ROGERS | 2/11/11 10:28 AM
As the party continues to slash spending, some fear they’ve missed their chance for a quick victory.
By JAKE SHERMAN | 2/11/11 8:41 AM
House Republicans embrace $100 billion in cuts.
By DAVID CATANESE | 2/11/11 5:56 AM
By DAVID CATANESE | 2/11/11 1:21 PM
The former Virginia governor “really doesn’t want to do this,” some of his former staffers say.
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands.
Related article: ‘Fox inside the hen house’
A long, drawn-out debate over a homosexual discrimination ordinance in a Kansas college town has culminated with a victory for ”gender identity.”
The Conservative Political Action Conference has betrayed conservative principles. That’s the message coming from several former supporters of the annual gathering that starts this week.
Two black ministers and a former senator have urged thousands of conservative activists not to abandon moral principles to focus solely on economic issues.
Senator Roger Wicker, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says in light of the recent report on the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, the national security establishment needs a different mindset.
Libya is home to an Islamic group that truly deserves to be labeled “moderate,” says an Australian political and defense analyst.
Hundreds of protestors are expected to show their opposition to an upcoming fundraiser hosted by an Islamic organization that holds ideals similar to those of the Muslim Brotherhood.
As Planned Parenthood bears the brunt of more undercover probes, it has launched a personal attack against Lila Rose of Live Action.
Mubarak Resigns; Hands Power to Military – Whitlock & Lodono, Wash Post
Out of Touch, Out of Time – Thomas Friedman, New York Times
Mubarak to Obama: Butt Out – Barry Rubin, New York Daily News
Crisis Flummoxes White House – Entous & Solomon, Wall Street Journal
GOPers Face Fork in Road to White House – Matt Bai, New York Times
The Fred Thompson Experience – Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
GOP’s Budget Skirmish Is Healthy – Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal
Jim Webb: The Last Jacksonian Democrat – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Obama’s New Jobs Plan: Altruism – Nolan Finley, Detroit News
The DLC Goes Out With a Whimper – Ron Brownstein, National Journal
Clapper: Willful Blindness or Willful Stupidity? – Andrew McCarthy, NRO
The Delusions of Dictators – David Remnick, The New Yorker
Egypt & Future of Arab Democracy – Charles Krauthammer, NY Daily News
Republican Monetary Policy Myths – Paul Krugman, New York Times
Reagan’s Real Legacy: Defeating Inflation – Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
The Hypocrisy of Michael Moore – Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times
Does Junk Food Make Kids Stupid? – Steve Connor, The Independent
More on RCP: Romney Rips Into Obama in CPAC Speech
Egypt Teeters on the Edge of Promise, Peril – USA Today
Beyond Reason on the Budget – New York Times
New Congress Means Business – Investor’s Business Daily
Don’t Weaken the EPA – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Those who dismiss the current Planned Parenthood scandal as an anomaly are either in denial or abjectly ignorant.
Though labor unions are strong supporters of ObamaCare, a new article suggests that many union members will actually lose their healthcare plans under the law.
Three U.S. representatives are joining forces to fight against the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
The tea party movement’s first national magazine will be unveiled at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC.
An appeal has been filed in the case of a young woman who was arrested for filming other missionaries at an Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan, last summer.
Republican legislators in Ohio are submitting a proposal that would prevent abortionists from stopping a beating heart.
Following a recently discovered trend, an abortion clinic in Illinois is involved with providing abortions for underage children.
A week following a federal judge’s decision to hold the Interior Department in contempt for ignoring a ruling to stop the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, an expert at The Heritage Foundation looks at what lies ahead.
Candidates running for office in a California city that has become infamous for corruption and greed are promising honesty to their constituents as they seek to win over a skeptical electorate.
An author and former member of the Reagan administration is worried that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney could be the GOP nominee in the 2012 presidential race.
By DAVID CATANESE | 2/11/11 12:11 PM
Former governor also hears Kurt Warner rumors.
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 2/11/11 8:42 AM
They are trying to prevent the federal government from disclosing additional mugshots.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/11/11 4:37 AM
The House minority leader has made the nation’s unemployment rate her primary focus.
By AMIE PARNES | 2/11/11 6:32 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/11/11 11:47 AM
Despite last month’s drop in the jobless rate, it remains Americans’ biggest worry.
By GARY BAUER | 2/11/11 4:37 AM
Opinion: The shootings were wrongly attributed to conservative talk radio and the tea party movement.
By C. BOYDEN GRAY | 2/11/11 4:37 AM
Opinion: Energy reform can be a victory for national security, public health and job growth.
Reform will discourage some people from getting jobs or working more hours, a report says.
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 2/10/11 10:48 PM
By DARREN GOODE | 2/11/11 7:34 AM
The “liberated” Alaska senator will be a crucial player on issues from climate rules to offshore drilling.
By JAKE SHERMAN | 2/11/11 9:51 AM
Freshmen Republicans ask for a better briefing before another vote on the measure.
Florida Republicans are getting a visit next week from presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty.
Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)
I have come to cherish the phrase “U.S. intelligence indicates … ”
James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)
Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)
According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)
Far from eliminating radicalization, there is reason to believe that Western values can actually exacerbate Islamist tendencies.
Poseurs of the Arena. Plus, VDH answers questions from readers.
by Elise Cooper
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded last month in Tucson. Her friends, neighbors, and constituents tell Pajamas Media about the woman they know as “Gabby.”
I have a sneaking suspicion Geert Wilders was right when he said that there may well be such a thing as moderate Muslim but, alas, there is not such thing as moderate Islam.
At what point does this sort of admission warrant investigation by Congress?
by Jack Dunphy
The Times shows its naivete regarding the work of police gang units and why they are balking at financial disclosure regulations.
by Ed Driscoll
Tiny Current TV may lack for viewers, but between Al Gore and Keith Olbermann, it now has more argumentum ad Hitlerum than any other cable TV channel.
by Ron Radosh
Only the defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood will help to ensure a successful Democratic transition in Egypt. But that doesn’t stop its Western apologists from continuing to airbrush its reputation.
Obama is the picture of a man who could not choose between chocolate or vanilla and is simply waiting for the soda jerk to make the decision for him.
As chaos spreads through the Arab world, here’s one way we can protect ourselves.
There is massive evidence to be found in the Western media of anti-Semitism and “anti-Zionism” at the Egypt protests. But images in the flickr streams of amateur local photographers are even more shocking and unambiguous.
by Barry Rubin
It’s the reporting that’s bad.
I think it would be fair to say that the Obama administration has been caught entirely surprised by the crisis in Egypt.
Few presidents have altered the trajectory of world affairs as dramatically as Ronald Reagan. (Also read Richard Pollock at the Tatler: Happy Birthday, Ronnie…but you wouldn’t know it at D.C.’s Reagan Building )
by Paul Hsieh
The government’s set to worsen our shortage of life-saving medications.
It’s often said that the NRA’s political influence stems from outspending gun control supporters. That’s a myth.
by Ed Driscoll
The MSM descends from the heights of an imagined forty year Democratic reign that began on January 20, 2009, to Paradise Lost, just two years later.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said nothing to the Iranian government when the demonstrators in Iran were bleeding in the streets, but wants Mubarak to go “now”?
The president’s unrealistic energy generation goals and detrimental new energy taxes must be rejected.
To the degree Obama feels comfortable “imposing our values” and taking a stand, it will only be in a context where there is an authoritarian figure who can be seen as culpably right-wing or an American puppet.
Vodkapundit interviews the Tennessee senator regarding his proposed Commitment to Prosperity Act.
Recent history should sober up the idealists among us. But it probably won’t. (For a different take on the crisis in Egypt, read Raymond Ibrahim at the Tatler: “Why the Egyptian Revolution Can Be the Best – or Worst – Thing to Happen”)
Whether or not it represents the advent of freedom for Egyptians, the current protest movement clearly represents the advent of the total banalization of anti-Semitism in the Western media. (Also read Bruce Bawer at the Tatler: “CNN: See no evil”)
The time is fast approaching when President Obama will have to throw in behind one faction or the other in Egypt. Signaling doesn’t always stop a runaway train. (Also read “Jerusalem Post: Machine gun fire in Tahrir Square” at the Tatler)
by Ron Radosh
It’s the 21st century, and Communist summer camps still exist.
by Dan Miller
Only one who simply doesn’t care about individual rights could read Judge Vinson’s decision and still believe the individual mandate is constitutional. (Also read: “McConnell to attach ObamaCare repeal to FAA bill today”)
Does Barack Obama have any cards left to play? Or is he left crossing his fingers that the crisis in Egypt will end OK? (And at the Tatler: “Obama addresses Egypt unrest”)
Senate hearings on chromium-6 in our drinking water will feature a lot of smoke and mirrors about “dangerous” levels of the chemical, but not much real science.
Protesters refuse to stop. Mubarak shows no intention of stepping down.
Initial link at the Tatler. Much more to follow as story develops.
by Salim Mansur
To an American-Jewish friend.
But what, exactly, does that mean? (Also see “Exclusive Video: Who Said Sarah Palin Wasn’t Going To CPAC?” at the Tatler.)
The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.
If the Russians get the truth about Stalin, why not us?
Diversity worship turns the landmark ruling on its head.
With Mubarak thumbing his nose at the U.S. by refusing to step down, the Obama administration may manage to achieve what only few governments in history have done: alienate their enemies as well as their friends. (Update: At the Tatler, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S. tells CNN that Egyptian Vice President Suleiman is now that nation’s “de facto” president.)
James Clapper told a congressional committee that the Muslim Brotherhood is ‘largely secular” and has “eschewed violence.” (Also read Michael Ledeen’s “Claptrap from Clapper” and Ron Radosh’s “James Clapper’s Stunning Assessment: We Must Demand He Be Fired” at the Tatler.)
From the perspective of our founding fathers, our elites deserve rigorous criticism. But we mustn’t stop there.
by Rick Moran
The gay conservative group GOProud deserves a place at the table. (And don’t miss live CPAC coverage, streaming on PJTV.)
by Ed Driscoll
Mark Steyn reminds a Detroit talk radio host that the Motor City’s near-fatal injuries were entirely made in America.
by Dan Miller
I don’t know how we avoid them if the administration does not change its approach to court rulings on both ObamaCare and Gulf oil drilling.
by David Solway
The worst possible president at the worst possible time.
Arianna has read the tea leaves: progressivism is no longer good business.
by Stefan Frank
Yet another “fact-finding” mission to Gaza (complete with posh hotel stay) results in double-standards for the Jews. Not surprising, considering the communists, socialists, and greens on the committee.
by Tom Blumer
Hundreds of millions, on the backs of free help. Imagine the outcry if a conservative site did that.
Why are some who criticized Obama’s 2009 failure to support the pro-democracy forces in Iran now advocating going slowly in Egypt? (Also read Michael Ledeen at the Tatler: “Conservatives’ Fight over Egypt”)
by Art Horn
Let’s recall just how close Lieberman and McCain were to passing a useless bill that would be crushing our economy right now.
A president like this comes along once a century.
A self-portrait of the indomitable character of a woman struck down before her time.
by Ryan Mauro
The New Jersey governor’s stardom has just hit a bump, as he is under fire for embracing Muslims with Islamist ties.
“The United States has largely spoken with one voice, Democrats and Republicans alike,” he says.
“The next step is transitioning Egypt to a democracy that remains a friend to the peace process.”
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted that he’s ready to return to movie-making.
By POLITICO STAFF | 2/11/11 1:12 PM
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 2/11/11 1:55 PM
He gives a laugh-line-laden speech.
Die-hard conservative activists are fired up about taking on President Barack Obama.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/11/11 12:50 PM
His lawyers argued that he should get no jail-time in exchange for his extensive cooperation.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/11/11 1:30 PM
“Mr. Guandique, you are lower than a cockroach,” her mother says to the convict.
By MJ LEE | 2/11/11 8:56 AM
By DAVID NATHER | 2/11/11 1:17 PM
A group calls on congressional Republicans to act to cut off funding for the law.
She’ll argue the U.S. should “strengthen” — not “starve” — the world body.
By BEN WHITE | 2/11/11 1:35 PM
The administration lays out initial recommendations for reforming the U.S. housing market.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/11/11 11:41 AM
The Arizona governor says the feds are failing to prevent “an invasion” of illegal immigrants.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/11/11 5:47 AM
By GARY MELTZ | 2/11/11 4:31 AM
Opinion: Putting your faith in clever messaging to save the day is a recipe for disaster.
By REP. LAMAR SMITH | 2/11/11 9:31 AM
Opinion: Our outdated system has become a barrier to innovation, and that needs to change.
By SCOTT WONG | 2/11/11 6:15 AM
She asks Hill leaders to visit the Mexican border to see firsthand the conditions on the ground.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/11/11 8:32 AM
He says the lawmaker made the right call, but won’t reveal whether he urged him to step aside.