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Hunter Walker

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak believes his successor, President Mohammed Morsi, should resign in the face of widespread protests calling for his ouster, according to Al Arabiya news. Mubarak resigned in 2011 after demonstrations against his regime. 

Al Arabiya said Mubarak's comments on the anti-Morsi protests were first reported by the al-Akhbar al-youm newspaper, which cited a "well-informed" source.

"Mubarak said that the number of protesters in the past few days has been larger that than the number of demonstrators that rose during his rule in 2011 to topple him, the report quoted a 'well-informed' source as saying. He said that he in 2011 responded to the demands of people and resigned in order to 'save lives,' added the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity," the Al Arabiya report said. 

Mubarak is currently in prison on corruption charges. He is also being tried for complicity in the murder and attempted murder of hundreds of protesters who were attacked while demonstrating against him. 

Tariq Ramadan, a prominent academic and grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, took to his Twitter page Tuesday to say he believes Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a leading member of the brotherhood, should resign.

Dr. Essam El-Erian, the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, which is the political wing of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood, released a statement Tuesday criticizing the Egyptian army for getting involved in the mass demonstrations calling for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. 

"The army command erred by issuing a statement that sidetracked the President of Egypt and made no mention of, nor reference to, the Constitution or the law, which confused the popular, partisan and political arena--as others did before," El-Erian said. "The people responded and corrected mistakes. It will not allow anyone to ignore their choices as made clear time and time again through the ballot-box, approving the Constitution and electing a civilian President to lead a civil state where the army does its much-appreciated role under the leadership of Supreme Commander, who is obliged to dutifully maintain the army’s unity and its ability to defend the homeland."

After issuing an ultimatum to Morsi, army leaders have reportedly drafted a plan to dissolve the parliament if he does not step down. 

El-Erian also referenced the 2011 Egyptian revolution that saw the establishment of the parliament. 

"The Egyptian revolution was guided by God. He will protect its march to completeness," he said. 

In an appearance on the "The Andrea Tantaros Show" Monday Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said he hopes women who have dated Democratic former Rep. Anthony Weiner will come forward and share their stories before the election in November. 

"I hope [women] will come to the right conclusion after enough women come out and talk about what it was like to be with him and date him and things like that," Lhota said. "New York women have to decide for themselves if this is someone who has the character to be mayor."

Lhota made his comments on the radio show after Tantaros accused Weiner of being "disrespectful" in interviews with Fox News' Megyn Kelly and of being "disrespectful to his own wife." Tantaros questioned how voters can now believe Weiner will "respect their wishes and not act like some bizarro pervy freak."

"Once they realize what you’ve observed," said Lhota. "And they come to understand it, I think that they will see there are viable choices other than Anthony. “New York women are smart, and I think when they hear more about these stories, they will come to their own conclusions."

Murad Ali, a spokesman for the Freedom and Justice Party, which is the political wing of the Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood, told Reuters the protests against President Mohammed Morsi are comparable to the 1952 coup that toppled the Egyptian monarchy. Ali also said this would result in the country moving "back to dictatorship." 

"This is a very critical moment in Egyptian history--we are facing a moment very similar to 1952," Ali said. "Egyptians are very aware that there are some people that are trying to push the country back in history and back to dictatorship."

 

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Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood has reportedly stepped up its rhetoric against the protesters demonstrating to oust President Mohammed Morsi. According to Agence France-Presse, an unnamed Muslim Brotherhood "leader" called on the group's members to use "martyrdom" to stop the escalating anti-Morsi protests. 

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said he hopes Egyptians will do more to ensure women are not sexually assaulted or hurt during the ongoing protests against Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi.

"I really hope that while addressing all this current crisis in a peaceful  manner, they should pay more attention to the female demonstrators  since we have seen many sexual assault cases over the course of the  demonstrations," Moon told reporters in Iceland. "Until now, I think that the situation has been managed rather peacefully,  but unfortunately there have been some casualties, particularly females that  have been injured or killed." 

Moon's comments followed widespread reports of sexual assaults during the demonstrations. 

What happened to Ken Cuccinelli?

As recently as last year, he was arguably the brightest Tea Party star east of the Blue Ridge with a strong set of conservative activist credentials.

Virginia's attorney general cemented his status as a conservative crusader by fighting high profile battles against Obamacare, climate change, gay marriage, and abortion.

But the Cuccinelli who is running for governor this year is suddenly a far more moderated, blander brand of Republican with a focus on economic issues and decidedly safer subjects like "transportation" and "transparency." Cuccinelli's retreat from his incendiary past begs the question: Is this really is a cooler, calmer Ken, or is he the same old firebrand hiding behind a facade designed for middle-of-the-road voters who may not have been paying much attention to what the old Cuccinelli was up to in Richmond.

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