On The Radar: February 14, 2011

A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History
By David D. Kirkpatrick and David Sanger, The New York Times
As protesters in Tahrir Square faced off against pro-government forces, they drew a lesson from their counterparts in Tunisia: “Advice to the youth of Egypt: Put vinegar or onion under your scarf for tear gas.” Read more

Egypt’s Military Will Have to Remember Jobs
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
The Egyptian military’s move Sunday to dissolve parliament and suspend the country’s constitution offered the first concrete indications of how it intends to rule Egypt in the months ahead. But the generals now running the country will soon face complicated questions about whether -- and how much -- to privatize the military’s vast business holdings, which extend into virtually every aspect of daily life in the country. Read more

Mission not yet accomplished
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
"Mission Accomplished" read the hauntingly familiar phrase from Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim on Thursday when the first word came that President Hosni Mubarak might step down. Ghonim delivered the words by Twitter, unlike George W. Bush, who had them printed on a banner. But in both cases, they were premature. Read more

Was Obama Too Indecisive on Egypt?
By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
After it was announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was stepping down, at about 11 a.m. on Friday, the White House announced that President Obama would speak at 1:30 p.m. Then word came that the statement would be delayed and the time was TBD, which was fitting. Throughout the 18 days of protest in Egypt, U.S. policy constantly felt like it was to be determined. At first supportive of Mubarak, U.S. policy slowly moved to appear supportive of his ouster, stopping in the middle to appear to contradict itself. Read more

Analysts: 3 key moments likely drove Egypt's military
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
Three key developments likely led the Egyptian military to abandon its support for President Hosni Mubarak after 18 days of political crisis, Obama administration officials, U.S. military officers and Mideast experts agreed Friday, even as they said they were in the dark about the exact chain of events. Read more

A Spreading Revolution?
With Martha Raddatz, ABC News
An examination of the impact of Egypt's revolution on the Middle East. View

AM Report: Obama's $3 Trillion Budget Ignites GOP
With David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
A report on President Obama's proposed $3.73 trillion budget which calls for just over $1 trillion in spending cuts. Also, Apple plans to release a line of lower-priced iPhones that would compete with other smartphones on the market. Read more

Two Budgets Now In Play at Same Time
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
The battle over federal spending will unfold this week in two separate but related fights. Congress and the White House must devise a plan to fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year while simultaneously debating a spending plan for next year. Read more

Steny Hoyer: Some Democrats to back Republican cuts
By Jeanne Cummings, Politico
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer expects some Democrats to support spending cuts proposed by the new Republican majority in the House but says the GOP effort to reduce the deficit is so far “more cosmetic than real.”  Read more

Obama's budget raises taxes on affluent, businesses, boosts spending on innovation
By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
President Obama rolled out a $3.7 trillion budget blueprint Monday that would trim or terminate more than 200 federal programs next year and make key investments in education, transportation and research. The plan is aimed at boosting the nation's economy while reducing record budget deficits. Read more

Obama begins rollout of budget certain to spark strong debate
By Christi Parsons and Andrew Zajac, Los Angeles Times
President Obama began the official rollout of his new budget proposal Monday morning with a visit to a math and science magnet school, pointing to such public-education programs as the kind in which the federal government should invest more money. Read more

A House Democrat Relishes Role Reversal
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Two years ago, Representative Chris Van Hollen and fellow House Democrats were responsible for setting President Obama’s legislative agenda in motion. It was heady, historic — and hard. Read more

At CPAC, Indiana Gov. Daniels looks at 2012 and decries a 'new red menace'
By Dan Balz, Washington Post
Some presidential candidates decide to run for the White House and only then try to figure out their message. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is the opposite. He knows what he wants to say; he's just not sure whether he will run. Read more


Posted: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 2:30pm