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Egypt Ruling Party Leadership Resigns; Obama Backs Gradual Transition

AP/The Huffington Post Posted: 02/ 5/11 11:39 AM

CAIRO – State TV says the top leadership body of Egypt’s ruling party, including the president’s son Gamal Mubarak and the party secretary-general Safwat el-Sharif, resigned Saturday in a new gesture apparently aimed at convincing anti-government protesters that the regime is serious about reform.

Protesters have shrugged off other concessions by the regime in the past 12 days of unprecedented street demonstrations, saying they will settle for nothing less than the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s ruler for nearly 30 years.

State TV said the ruling party’s six-member Steering Committee of the General Secretariat stepped down and was replaced. The council was the party’s highest decision-making body, and el-Sharif and other outgoing members were some of the most powerful — and to many Egyptians, unpopular — political figures in the regime.

El-Sharif was replaced by Hossam Badrawi, a party figure who had been sidelined within its ranks in recent years because of his sharp criticisms of some policies.

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Jan Brewer Mocks Michael Bloomberg For Arizona Gun-Show Sting (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post Nick Wing
First Posted: 02/ 3/11 05:19 PM Updated: 02/ 4/11 09:00 AM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) hit back at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week, suggesting that his undercover sting to expose lax Arizona firearms laws was an indication that he thought he’d already taken care of business at home.

“I find it interesting that he’s out here in Arizona solving our problems,” Brewer said in an interview on Fox News. “I guess he believes that he has solved all the problems in New York.”

The governor went on to explain that Arizona was a “big Second Amendment state,” and that she supported the current version of its firearms laws, a line similar to one she took in the immediate aftermath of the video’s release earlier this week.

Brewer then seemed to argue that both individual patrons, as well as merchants, should be working in conjunction to ensure that firearms laws were enforced.

“Those people that buy guns from private owners at a gun show have the responsibility, if they knowingly realize it, someone cannot pass a background check or if they suspect that maybe they are mentally incompetent, it is a state felony and a federal felony,” she said.

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