On the Radar: February 7, 2011

Depart with Dignity
by Yochi Dreazen, National Journal
The Obama administration officials working to persuade Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign are increasingly focused on designing an exit strategy that would allow the embattled leader to leave office while retaining the dignity that Mubarak -- and many of his supporters within the country’s powerful military -- believes is his due after 30 years as the country’s paramount ruler Read more

Prizing Status Quo, Mubarak Resists Pressure to Resign
by Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
He walks several yards to his office from his living quarters at the presidential palace every day, dressed in his trademark black business suit and tie. On Saturday, he conducted a meeting of his new government’s economic team. And on Sunday, he received an envoy from Oman, who delivered a letter from the sultan. Read more

After First Talks, Egypt Opposition Vows New Protests
by David D. Kirkpatrick and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Leaders of the Egyptian democracy movement vowed Sunday to escalate their pressure for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, even as his government portrayed itself as already in the midst of American-approved negotiations to end the uprising, now in its 13th day. Read more

Should Investors Be More Worried About Egypt?
by Tom Gjelten, NPR
So far, there's little sign that the upheaval in Egypt is producing jitters in the world economy. But there may be troubles yet to come. The stock market fell sharply when the crowds first took to the streets in Egypt — a country that sits astride the Suez Canal and has major oil producers to its east and west. But this week, the stock market rebounded. Read more

Striking Out on Egypt and the Weather
by David S. Broder, The Washington Post
Having grown up in the Chicago area, rooting for years for the luckless Cubs and more recently for the hapless Washington Nationals, I feel particularly qualified to comment on the Obama administration's struggles to find a useful role to play in the crisis racking Egypt and the wider Arab world, let alone the blizzards in the Midwest and New England. Read more

Cairo is not Tehran
by Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Doomsayers are already warning that we're seeing a remake of Iran's Islamic revolution in Cairo. And on the surface, there are certainly parallels. Then, as now, a popular uprising caused the United States to nudge a longtime ally, and autocratic leader, toward the exit. And then, as now, the White House searched for a way to hold the country together. Read more

Can they avert a budget wreck?
by Jeanne Cummings and John Maggs, POLITICO
In the 1990s budget negotiations between the Clinton White House and congressional Republicans, the first effort ended in name-calling and a partial government shutdown. But the second one produced a historic bipartisan agreement that led to record surpluses. Read more

A young Wisconsin trio could shape the direction of the GOP
by Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The Green Bay Packers aren't the only Wisconsin team having an impact these days. A trio of young Wisconsin politicians are now positioned to have a substantial influence on the future direction and success of the Republican Party. Their names are Scott Walker, Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan. Walker is the newly elected governor of Wisconsin. Priebus is the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee. Read more

How President Obama plays the media like a fiddle
by John Harris and Jim VandeHei, POLITICO
In early November, Barack Obama was one sad sack of a president — his agenda repudiated by midterm voters, his political judgment scorned by commentators, his future darkened by a growing belief he might be a one-time president. Read more

Palin, Rallying Base, Paints Dark Picture of Obama's Policies
by Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Sarah Palin opened a celebration of Ronald Reagan this weekend by declaring that the United States was lurching toward a “road to ruin,” saying the nation had become so weighed down by debt and excess government that a new direction was urgently needed in Washington. Read more



Posted: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:43pm