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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Change Slow in Egypt -
In spite of demonstrations, worker strikes, and pressure from western nations, the Egyptian government moves slowly and President Mubarak remains in power. Meanwhile, Egyptian government warns of crackdown. The Washington Post has more here.

Reuters has an update below.


First Time Unemployment Filings fall 38,000 -
the 383,000 filings last week were the lowest since July 2008. has more here.


Obama to Promote Wireless Technology Today in Michigan -
he will travel to Marquette to promote the expansion of wireless communication to rural areas to eventually reach 98% of Americans. You can read more here.


Representative Chris Lee (R-NY) Resigns -
the latest casualty from personal indiscretion. A married man with a child, he was outed for posting a shirtless picture of himself on Craigslist during correspondence with a woman. The Fix has more here.


Senator Webb (D-Va.) Will Not Run in 2012 - Senate Democratic Majority at Risk -
after only one term in office, Jim Webb announced yesterday he will not run for reelection opening up this seat as a lean Republican rating in 2012. Republican George Allen, former senator and governor, has already announced he is running for the seat. has more here.

Look to see pressure put on DNC chair and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to run, which then opens up the question who would be the next DNC chair?


House Republicans Stumble in Early Votes -
it has only been a few weeks since they captured an overwhelming majority of the House, but counting votes have not been their strong point. After failing to pass an extension of the Patriot Act, they followed up by failing to pass a bill targeting over payments to the United Nations. Both votes were introduced in a manner which required a two-thirds majority, leading many Republican to also question why this strategy was used. has more here.

Looks like House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has his work cut out for him.


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