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Arab Revolts

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What the Turkish Military is Thinking
Claire Berlinski, Ed.
Flownover asked me for my opinion about what the Turkish military is thinking today. I expect he meant, "What they're thinking about Egypt," but I have to imagine their minds are on more immediate matters: The courts have just issued orders to lock up 162 of their officers

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Mubarak resigns; army to suspend parliament

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Egyptian Security Begins To ‘Disappear’ Critics?

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Egypt Should Employ the ‘Turkish Solution’
What ails Egypt isn't much different from what ailed nascent Turkey, ninety years ago.
What just happened in Egypt? Let’s call it the Turkish Solution.
The First World War did not end neatly in the Middle East — or anywhere else. The Ottoman Empire quit fighting a week before the armistice on the Western Front, and two weeks later the capital at Istanbul was occupied by Entente troops. But that was hardly the end of it.

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Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts
Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.

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400 arrested in Algeria at rally demanding reforms
By AOMAR OUALI, Associated Press
ALGIERS, Algeria – Thousands of Algerians defied a government ban on protests and a massive deployment of riot police to rally in the capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after similar protests toppled Egypt's authoritarian leader.

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Mubarak to Step Down
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to step down shortly.  Tonight (Egypt time), Mr. Mubarak will address his nation and announce that the Egyptian military will take control of the country until an election can be held.

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Egypt's Mubarak to step down, sources say
NBC News is told VP will take over; protesters fear a military coup


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"Hide the Decline"

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Climategate 2.0
In November 2009 a collection of e-mails was released into the public domain. Dubbed Climategate, these documents struck the climate change world with the force of a cyclone.

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Evil Oceans Produce 16 Times As Much CO2 As Humans
Maybe we can tax the oceans?

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House GOP spending bill prohibits funding for EPA climate regs
By Andrew Restuccia
A government spending bill unveiled Friday night by House Republicans would prohibit funding for Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations through September of this year.

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Scientists Set the Alarmists Straight
On January 28, eighteen climate alarmists sent an open letter to the U.S. Congress. It contained the usual hysterical and unscientific predictions of doom--doom which ostensibly can be averted only by a government takeover of the economy, accompanied by shoveling billions, if not trillions, of dollars in the direction of politically connected groups--including, of course, them. How convenient! Today, thirty-six more sober scientists sent this letter to Congress, responding to the alarmists

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Green-energy plant sucks up subsidies, then goes bust
By: Timothy P. Carney
To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers.

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War & Terror

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Pakistan issues arrest warrant for Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has issued an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

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National

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The YAF / Ron Paul Smackdown

Looks like the YAF didn’t vote for him in that straw poll.
by John Hayward
Right after the straw poll results showing Ron Paul as the winner were announced, people from Young Americans for Freedom began handing out memos declaring they had expelled Ron Paul from their advisory board.  They didn’t just kick him out for non-payment of dues, or hogging the karaoke machine at the last YAF kegger, either.

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YAF kicks out Ron Paul
By BYRON TAU
A prominent conservative activist group has given Ron Paul the boot.

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Practicing engineering without a license
What makes a government functionary think that this sort of behavior is appropriate? Disagreement in public policy is normal. Different groups have different tolerances for risk and different views on appropriate ways to manage those risks. That’s what politics is all about. Instead of accepting what amounts to a policy paper, and evaluating it, this guy decided to try to intimidate his opposition. He forgot that you can’t silence people in the internet age.

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Change! Feds Are Spying on US Citizens Based on Political Beliefs
Posted by Jim Hof

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Top Six Planned Parenthood Deceptions: In Order of Increasing Absurdity
by Lila Rose
Over the past week, Live Action has released six videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s willingness to aid and abet the sex traffickers of underage girls (see: liveaction.org). Since the beginning of our release, Planned Parenthood has attacked our organization and attempted to discredit the growing evidence of institutional and rampant abuse cover up. Here is a top six list of some of the deceiving statements that Planned Parenthood has made in just the past few days.

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Canceled NASA Rocket Could Return as Part of Low-Cost Space Taxi
By KENNETH CHANG
Take a canceled, over-budget NASA rocket, stack a workhorse European satellite launcher on top of it, and the result could be a powerful, low-cost alternative for taking people to space.

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Nelson Hires Campaign Manager
2006 Campaign Manager Will Work For Senator Again
OMAHA, Neb. -- It's the clearest indication yet that U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson will run for office again in 2012.

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Webb won't seek reelection
Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won't seek reelection, the Senator confirmed Wednesday.

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Chinese Woman Seeks Asylum In The U.S. Over Forced Birth Control
Jessica Wakeman
It’s worth a reminder sometimes that the term “reproductive rights” doesn’t just mean the right not not reproduce, like with abortion. Reproductive rights can also mean the right to produce, like in the case of Mei Fun Wong, a Chinese woman seeking asylum in the U.S. because she fears she’ll be persecuted for removing her IUD.

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Potential Senate hopefuls defect on Patriot Act vote
By Shane D'Aprile
Among the 26 House Republicans who broke with party leaders Tuesday and voted against extending key provisions of the Patriot Act were two rumored Senate hopefuls and one lawmaker who has already jumped into a marquee race.

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Nevada: If lawmakers unwilling to raise taxes, others are ready to take the initiative

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As the Department of Transportation pushes for improvements, will debate over drinking age be revived?

In the weeks following President Obama’s State of the Union address, which stressed a need to improve America’s road-warrior policies, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been promoting initiatives for federally funded infrastructure improvements.
As LaHood pushes for changes to the country’s approach to transportation issues, one contentious subject has yet to resurface: the national drinking age.

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Live Action’s Latest Planned Parenthood Sting
This time the sting takes place in New York. Life News has the details but, as with all these videos, you really must see them to get a true idea of exactly what’s going on here. It’s simply and horrifyingly breathtaking:

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Obamacare: The comic book

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Multiculturalism will fail: Tarek Fatah
By TERRY DAVIDSON, Toronto Sun
A prominent voice in Canada’s Muslim community said British Prime Minister David Cameron was “spot on” when he insisted British multiculturalism has failed.

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Medical Device Makers Shun U.S.
By ANDREW POLLACK
Late last year, Biosensors International, a medical device company, shut down its operation in Southern California, which had once housed 90 people, including the company’s top executives and researchers.

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New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US
By JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer
A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

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Lawmakers set special election dates
By LAWRENCE MESSINA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Charleston, W.Va. -- West Virginia would elect a governor Oct. 4 after nominating candidates in a May 14 primary, after the Legislature passed a measure Thursday setting up its timetable.

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Indiana State treasurer plans to challenge Lugar
Brian Francisco | Washington editor
A tea party effort to unseat Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is starting to pick up steam.

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Priorities for the 2011 Nevada Legislative Session
There are many issues to address, but a few stand out
Victor Joecks
Every company needs a business plan. Without a clear set of goals, a business won't know what to aim for or whether it has achieved success.

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Why 33 rounds makes sense in a defensive weapon    
By Stephen Hunter
Sleek, its lines rakishly tilted to boost the ergonomics that index grip placement to barrel, this automatic pistol has but one function: to eliminate human beings easily. That sinister intent is expressed most eloquently in the extended magazine that reaches far beneath the pistol grip, easily tripling the amount of ammunition available to the killer.

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Frenemies Play Nice: Obama Reaches Out To The Business Community
By MICHAEL FALCONE and AMY WALTER
Even as many have criticized the Obama administration for being a step behind on the rapidly changing situation in Egypt, the president and his team are trying to stay a step ahead of the GOP on the domestic front.


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Economy & Taxes

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Identifying Federal Regulations that Impede Job Creation and Slow the Economy
by Rep. Tom McClintock (R–CA)
As Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of Natural Resources, my colleagues and I are excited and eager to undertake the mission outlined in House Resolution 72: to identify the federal regulations in this field that are impeding job creation and slowing the economy.

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Out-of-State Owners Could Face Tax Bill

By CRAIG KARMIN
Connecticut and New Jersey residents with a Hamptons summer cottage or a Manhattan pied-a-terre are about to get a nasty surprise: New York state wants more taxes from them.
A New York court ruled last month that all income earned by a New Canaan, Conn., couple is subject to New York state taxes because they own a summer home on Long Island they used only a few times a year. They have been hit with an additional tax bill of $1.06 million.

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House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals    
By: CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh
Washington (CNN) - After months of being vague on exactly what federal programs they would slash in their quest to cut spending, House Republicans Wednesday released a list of some 70 specific cuts.

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Think You Can Eliminate The Red Ink In California's Budget? Here's Your Chance - YOU Make The Cuts
Extremely impressive infographic built by the LA Times.  Through would be an understatement for this interactive monster.

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Sweet Fancy Soros: U.S. Government May Sell 100-Year Bonds In Hope That Buyers Will Be Dead Before Full Payments Are Due

If this isn't evidence of an impending federal default, I don't know what would pass the test.
The U.S. government is now considering selling debt that would stretch out for 40 years, 50 years – or even 100 years, according to minutes from last week's regular Treasury meeting. With interest rates so low, there's a growing belief that the government could benefit from locking in today's borrowing costs by pushing trillions in debt obligations decades into the future.

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Men living with parents results in government bankruptcy
By: Michael Barone
Fascinating bit of info from the Economist blog: the number one variable for European sovereign risk is the percentage of men age 25 to 34 living with their parents. The larger that percentage, the greater likelihood perceived by the markets that that country will default on its government debt. “Maybe it hints at a lack of ambition or accountability,” the anonymous Economist blogger writes. “Whatever explains it, the correlation is remarkable.”

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“Revolt” over: House GOP leadership agrees to caucus’s demands to cut spending by $100 billion

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Republicans declare war on federal regulations
By: Susan Ferrechio
The Republican-led House this week will push through legislation aimed at making government rules and regulations less burdensome for business, setting up a standoff with President Obama over some of his key initiatives, including the new health care law, and testing Obama's efforts to appear more business friendly. The House measure, scheduled for a vote Thursday, would require committees "to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations" and the rules' effect on jobs and economic growth.

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International

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Tunisia migrants prompt Italy 'humanitarian emergency'
The Italian island of Lampedusa has been swamped by the migrants
The Italian government has declared a humanitarian emergency after nearly 3,000 migrants have arrived in the country in the last few days.

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German man 'forced stepdaughter to have eight children with him'
A German man will appear in court next week charged with forcing his stepdaughter to have eight children with him, and the sexual abuse of his biological children.

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Multiculturalism has failed, says French president
PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.

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China Number 1 in Thermal, Solar, Nuclear, Wind and Hydro Power
We all know that China is the world’s largest thermal power market, but now it is also the world’s largest solar, wind, nuclear and hydropower market. The quality and quantity of China’s power supply is the foundation for sustaining China’s rapid growth which will, one hopes, continue to benefit the world economy as well.

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Cuban Dissidents beaten and arrested outside church in Havana
By Alberto de la Cruz
For dissidents in Cuba, not even a church is safe haven from the beatings administered by Castro State Security. The diabolical regime could care less about the sanctity of a house of worship, and the leadership of the Catholic Church in Cuba has in effect become an accomplice of the regime, aiding and enabling their repression.

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Population Growth in the Philippines: Problem or Potential?
By Christopher White
In one week, a population-control bill in the Philippines is likely to be passed that supports coercive government-funded family-planning initiatives for demographically targeted populations. If passed, one year or even one generation from now, the root problems that this bill seeks to address will still exist. In fact, they’re likely to be exaggerated.

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One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity
By Daily Mail Reporter
An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.

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Opinion

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Mitt Flips Again
By Deroy Murdock 
As Andy Warhol once said, “That’s not fake. It’s real plastic.” Warhol’s immortal words came to mind as I learned about Willard Mitt Romney’s latest flip flop. The 2011 paperback version of his book No Apology is at war with last year’s hardback edition. The fairly accommodating Romney who said nice things about President Obama has been hauled off and replaced with an angrier, more combative Romney — perfect for the GOP presidential primary season, which will heat up as Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington this morning at 10:30.

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Young Man Control
The next step in the liberal campaign against violence.

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Lights Out for the Middle East’s Christians?
The tumult in Cairo may spell much worse to come for the Copts.

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What's wrong with Europe?
By Jennifer Rubin
Here at Herzilya the chasm between Europe and Israel was highlighted. Thankfully, for those who support a safe and secure Israel, also evident was the degree to which Britain's mindset differs from that of its European allies. From the perspective of the German journalist and moderator, Josef Joffe, the problems started in 1967 and because of the "wars waged by Israel." Nary a mention was made of the anti-Semitism epidemic in Europe. And no hint of criticism of Israel's neighbors was voiced. There was zero recognition that the Muslim countries and groups dedicated to Israel's destruction might be at the root of the problem.

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Lisa, in this Newspaper, We Obey the Laws of Thermodynamics!

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California: North America’s Venezuela
By KATY GRIMES
The economic news for California is still looking bad, and businesses are still leaving the state in record numbers, according to one relocation specialist who has been keeping track of business migration for several years. Joe Vranich, a California Relocation Coach says that while no one is calling him for help with relocation into California, his business is booming for those planning moves out of state.

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Reagan’s legacy lives on
Many Americans are taking a stroll down memory lane as they celebrate the birth of one of the country’s most admired presidents - Ronald Reagan. The 40th president of the United States, who died in 2004 at the age of 93 after fighting Alzheimer’s disease for years, would have turned 100 on Sunday. The former actor from Tampico, Illinois, is remembered for his room-brightening smile and moving rhetoric as much as for his efforts to end the Cold War. His reputation has grown over time, and Reagan is viewed more positively now than at any time while he was in office.

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Ronald Reagan: A centenary to celebrate

Telegraph View: President Reagan was not just a communicator – he won the Cold War.

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A Modest $500 Billion Proposal
My spending cuts would keep 85% of government funding and not touch Social Security or Medicare.
by Rand Paul

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Nevada: The chopped liver caucus
By: Molly Ball
In 2008, Nevada Republicans threw an early presidential primary caucus — and practically nobody came.
For 2012, they’re hopeful the candidates will pay more attention. They point to the fact that unlike last time, Nevada has been approved this time as an early state by the Republican National Committee.

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Bush 2012
Jeb Bush should run now, for at least eight reasons.

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