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We will probably see a follow up soon…by Paul Wolfowitz.
I believe that John Bolton, Cheney, and probably Rummy have already put their 2 cents in…G%

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Egypt unrest: Mubarak’s speech leaves nation, world wondering who’s in charge

CNN-  February 10th, 2011   06:08 PM ET

The latest developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the uprising in Egypt. Throngs of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Egypt’s major cities to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, prompting the government to deploy the military to deal with civil unrest for the first time in a generation. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

[Update 1:08 a.m. in Cairo, 6:08 p.m. ET] Tweet from opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei: Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ElBaradei said it’s unclear whose side the Army is on. As for Suleiman taking control of the presidency?
“Suleiman, Mubarak ‘are twins’ – neither is acceptable to the people.”

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Parliamentary speaker Ahmed Fathi Srour tells Nile TV that President Hosni Mubarak’s move puts the authority for the day-to-day running of the government in Vice President Omar Suleiman’s hands. That would include oversight of the police, the Interior Ministry and other key agencies, control of economic policy and running any negotiations with the opposition. Srour echoed Mubarak’s statement in adding that the constitution specifically prohibits the president from delegating other key powers to the vice president. As a result, power to dismiss parliament or dismiss the government and the power to ask for amendments to the constitution remain in Mubarak’s hands, not Suleiman’s.

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NY Rep. Lee resigns after shirtless photo surfaces

CAROLYN THOMPSON | February 10, 2011 11:46 AM EST | AP

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York abruptly resigned with only a vague explanation of regret after a gossip website reported that the married congressman had sent a shirtless photo of himself flexing his muscles to a woman whose Craigslist ad he answered.

“I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents,” Lee posted in a surprise announcement Wednesday night on his congressional website. “I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.”

A woman described as a 34-year-old Maryland resident and government employee provided the Gawker website with e-mails she said were an exchange between her and Lee in response to an ad she placed last month in the “Women Seeking Men” section of Craigslist.

Gawker reported Wednesday that Lee, 46, identified himself as a divorced 39-year-old lobbyist and sent a photo of himself posing in front of a mirror.

In one e-mail, Gawker said, Lee described himself as “a very fit fun classy guy” and promised “not to disappoint.” He and the woman exchanged a few more messages, talking about recent dates and sharing biographical details.

In one, the site shows, the woman asks Lee if he’s divorced.

Yes, he replied, one minute later.

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Congressman Chris Lee Resigns Following Gawker Revelation

Gawker

Maureen O’Connor — Three hours after his shirtless Craigslist antics appeared on this site, Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives. Moments ago his office sent the following press release to the media:

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 9, 2010

Statement from Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26):

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.

“The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately.”

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Mubarak To Resign? Egypt’s President Will Reportedly Hand Over Power

AP via HuffPost

First Posted: 02/10/11 10:40 AM Updated: 02/10/11 11:31 AM

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s military announced on national television that it has stepped in to “safeguard the country” on Thursday and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that Egypt’s longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a “strong likelihood” Mubarak will step down Thursday.

The dramatic announcement showed that the military was taking control after 17 days of protests demanding Mubarak’s immediate ouster spiraled out of control.

Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square, “All your demands will be met today.” Some in the crowd held up their hands in V-for-victory signs, shouting “the people want the end of the regime” and “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” a victory cry used by secular and religious people alike.

The military’s supreme council was meeting Thursday, without the commander in chief Mubarak, and announced on state TV its “support of the legitimate demands of the people.” A spokesman read a statement that the council was in permanent session to explore “what measures and arrangements could be made to safeguard the nation, its achievements and the ambitions of its great people.”
The statement was labeled “communique number 1,” a phrasing that suggests a military coup.

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