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Hillary Clinton Calls For Democracy In Egypt Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on all five major Sunday morning talk shows, calling for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt. She said on State of the Union: "We want to see this peaceful uprising on the part of the Egyptian people to demand their rights to be responded to in a very clear, unambiguous way by the government, and then a process of national dialogue that will lead to the changes that the Egyptian people seek and that they deserve,"

Daley: Mubarak Must Support "Basic Human Rights" Appearing on Face The Nation, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley called for the Egyptian government to show restraint in the current political crisis. "The determination of Egypt will be done by the people of Egypt," said Daley. "The U.S., again, can stand by, we can support, we can support the basic human rights of the people of Egypt."

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said on Bill Maher's show on Friday that he doesn't believe in evolution because he doesn't believe that he came from a monkey or that a "creature crawled out of the sea and became a human being one day."

"I believe I came from God not from a monkey so the answer is no," Kingston said when Maher asked him whether he believed in evolution.

"Where's the missing link?"

"I know there is a difference between adaption and evolution," Kingston said.

Video embedded below.

[Daily Kos via Gawker]

Bill Weimar, the Alaska halfway house mogul who went to prison for attempting to bribe state politicians, is being sought by Florida police for allegedly sexually battering a child under the age of 12.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office this week posted a photo of Weimar, whose last known address was a boat dock, and said they were seeking him on the sexual battery charge. Online records found by TPM show a William C. Weimar has a registered a 59.5 ft recreational boat in the state called "RENEWAL II."

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Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) is going on the record about the controversial abortion bill he co-sponsored in the House that would only allow pregnant women to obtain insurance coverage for an abortion if they were the victims of a so-called "forcible rape," rather than other criminal sexual act.

In a statement sent to TPM, Lipinski says the intent of the abortion law -- known in the House as H.R. 3, or the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act -- was to make permanent the existing limits on abortion in the federal code, including the existing exemptions for women who were raped. Lipinski suggests he will reexamine the issue as the bill moves forward.

"The language of H.R. 3 was not intended to change existing law regarding taxpayer funding for abortion in cases of rape, nor is it expected that it would do so," Lipinski said in the statement. "Nonetheless, the legislative process will provide an opportunity to clarify this should such a need exist."

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Obama Promotes Clean Energy Development In Web Address This weekend's YouTube address was recorded during President Obama's visit this past week to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, with Obama promoting the clean energy technology produced by Orion Energy Systems.

"And as we can see here in Manitowoc, we need to ensure that we are promoting innovation - especially in promising areas like clean energy. This is going to be key to growing our economy and helping businesses create jobs," said Obama. "Orion, for example, was able to open with the help of small business loans and incentives that are creating demand for clean energy technologies like wind power and solar panels. That's why I've proposed a bigger tax credit for the research that companies do. And to give these companies the certainty of knowing there will be a market for what they sell, I've set this goal for America: by 2035, 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy."

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Two Democrats on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights say that J. Christian Adams, the former Justice Department lawyer at the heart of the scandal over the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, isn't credible because he contributes to a "race-baiting" website run by conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart.

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Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), a chair of the House pro-life caucus, isn't answering questions today about the controversial abortion law -- or its potential deleterious effects on rape or incest victims -- that he's cosponsored along with many big names in the Republican majority.

H.R. 3, known as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," is essentially a rewrite of existing anti-abortion language in the federal code. It would make permanent some well-known provisions like the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of abortion in all cases (as it's written now, the Hyde Amendment expires at the end of every fiscal year and has to be reauthorized as part of the Health and Human Services funding bill) and eliminate employer and individual tax deductions for private insurance plans that cover abortion.

But the bill does more than just make permanent the prohibition on the government paying for abortions or make it harder for people to use insurance to pay for abortions. As Mother Jones' Nick Baumann reported today, it also redefines what the government considers rape.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced today that he has settled his lawsuit against the company that runs the House cafeteria, which resulted from a 2008 tooth injury involving an olive in a sandwich wrap. And in his statement, he makes it very clear to the reader just how awful this injury was for him.

"The terms of the settlement are confidential; however, I feel that the defendants have responded fairly and reasonably," Kucinich said at the conclusion of his press release. "I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time, and will be making no further comment on this matter."

But that's not all. Seeing as how Kucinich's lawsuit was widely ridiculed in the media -- for example, Roll Call quoted a tort reform lobbyist who openly declared, "If I'm the cafeteria ladies, I'm spitting in his food when I see him coming" -- Kucinich felt it necessary to explain to the public that this truly was a serious injury, which involved many, many complications and many, many follow-up appointments.

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Another day, another good round of polling news for Mike Huckabee. Two new PPP polls of West Virginia and North Carolina show the former Arkansas Governor with leads in both states' Republican primary races.

In West Virginia, Huckabee leads the pack with 28%, followed by Sarah Palin at 25%, and Newt Gingrich at 17%. Mitt Romney trails badly at 10%, while Ron Paul (6%), Tim Pawlenty (5%), and Mitch Daniels (2%) bring up the rear.

Huckabee's lead is larger in North Carolina, where he holds an nine-point edge on his closest rival. Twenty-seven percent of North Carolina Republicans said they wanted Huckabee as the party nominee, while 18% went for Gingrich, and 16% went for Palin. Romney placed fourth in that poll, as he did in West Virginia, coming in with 11%.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) budget proposal to impose freezes and cuts on veterans' benefits is now picking up the scathing objections of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Some key quotes from the organization's press release:

"No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress," said Richard L. Eubank, the national commander of the 2.1 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries.


"I want the congresswoman to join us in a tour of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Poly Trauma Center the next time she's in her home district to witness firsthand the great work the VA does every day to heal their wounds and ease their pain. Then I want her to look those disabled veterans in the eye and tell them their service and sacrifice is too expensive for the nation to bear.

"The day this nation can't afford to take care of her veterans is the day this nation should quit creating them," said Eubank.

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