State of the Union Early Bird for February 13, 2011
February 13th, 2011
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State of the Union Early Bird for February 13, 2011

(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar this morning:  We look to the political future of Egypt and its relationship with the United States, as well as a preview of President Obama's 2012 budget.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET.

EGYPT

Egypt army struggles to clear Tahrir Square protesters

Egyptians go back to work without Mubarak in power

Egypt's military to keep Mubarak government for now; protesters still in Tahrir

"Everything is in the hands of the military. They issue one statement after another, but they are very brief," said Nabil el-Arabi, a former diplomat and judge at the International Court of Justice. "There's nothing else. Nobody knows."

Military Offers Assurances to Egypt and Neighbors

The president’s departure to his home by the Red Sea in Sharm el Sheik seemed for some to have stripped the country’s political woes of some urgency. Mr. ElBaradei’s brother, Ali ElBaradei, said Mr. ElBaradei was taking the day off and had not been contacted by the military. “They will call when they call,” he said. Amr Hamzawy, who has acted as a mediator between the protesters and the government, said that “everyone is taking a break,” though he expressed concern with the vague nature of the army’s most recent statements. “What is the timeline we are looking at?” he said. “Is it September?” He also said it was unclear whether the army council ruling the country favored amending the Constitution or starting from scratch, which is the preferred solution for many of the protesters.

Ruling Egypt After Mubarak: Presidential Contenders Emerge

Mohamed ElBaradei's star dims in Egypt

But even as Egyptians forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down Friday, the enthusiasm for ElBaradei had dwindled. The 68-year-old diplomat is viewed by many as a reluctant revolutionary, a man who inspired them but didn't lead them into the streets against the police state.

In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift

Obama's strategy was to pressure Mubarak without intruding

"We didn't want to leave much doubt that [Mubarak's departure] was certainly something we thought would be a positive way forward," said an Obama advisor, who was heavily involved in crafting the administration strategy and spoke on condition of anonymity. "But we wouldn't be the ones to call for it. That was the line we tread."

Mubarak resignation throws into question U.S.-Egyptian counterterrorism work

"How will cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism develop in the view of these new constraints? I would argue the space will contract," said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department Middle East expert who is now at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Pivotal Moment for America

THE BUDGET

Obama to propose spending cuts in budget plan aimed at countering conservatives

Obama would reach his target in part by raising taxes, an idea that Republicans refuse to consider. But two-thirds of the savings would come from spending cuts that are draconian by Democratic standards and take aim at liberal priorities, such as a popular low-income heating assistance program and community development block grants.

Obama’s Budget Seeks Deep Cuts in Domestic Spending

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    At the CPAC (crack pots acting crazy) this weekend, we were subjected to the usually nutty rants from uninformed and lying wannabes, the like Newt, Michelle, Santorum, West, and Palin (absent?). But this year, the craziest, most out of touch rant was delivered by the cartoon character from the NRA, Pepe LaPierre. Even former NRA member and President, Ronald Reagan supported restrictions on guns, and was a proponent of the 'Brady Bill.'

    February 13, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why is Beck's Bagger Brotherhood afraid of democracy in Egypt? They supported democracy in Iraq, and who did they think the Iraqi Muslims would vote for? At least Egypt did not cost us $1.4 trillion, 4400 killed American soldiers (hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians) and take 10 years. In Egypt, at not cost to us, it took 18 days.

    February 13, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Obama would reach his target in part by raising taxes..."

    This idiot doesn't seem to get it that America is taxed-out, and his continuing efforts to screw productive, hard working, people just aren't going to fly.

    February 13, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. mike brentz

    Looking back in history can Obama or any other politician tell us which society has taxed itself into prosperity?

    February 13, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. stoptheliars

    the budget – start at the top wage earner that are getting paid by taxes, cut their salariers. They should not have guaranteed pensions. They should save their own money.

    February 13, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. stoptheliars

    the babyboomers have put more money into social security than any other group of people. Now that they are retiring the money they have been saving their whole lives has been stolen by government workers. The so-called leaders have stolen all the money from the citizens. Government employees live high of the hog on the backs of the real workers (People who pay taxes). The US government is filled to the brim with crooks and lazy inefficient employees.

    February 13, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Some of cuts will hurt many states it may hurt the economy I like the guest comment its sounds good to me balance budget ( spend what we making now)

    Rise the tax make cuts on foreign military founds( Egypt ,Iraq ,Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan) to reduce the deficit

    February 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |