The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, February 11, 2011

By Jayson

Feb 11, 2011 4:33am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jayce Henderson, Claudia Morales and Carrie Halperin

EGYPT / FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Mark Mazzetti: “Obama Tested on Whether to Break With Mubarak” President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down on Thursday, after a day of rumors galvanized the crowds in Cairo, confronts the Obama administration with a stark choice: break decisively with Mr. Mubarak or stick to its call for an “orderly transition” that may no longer be tenable. LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall and Kevin Johnson: “White House pushes for ‘genuine transition’ in Egypt” The Obama administration scrambled to respond Thursday to an increasingly uncertain situation in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak said he would transfer power to his vice president but would not relinquish his title. LINK

Politico’s Jennifer Epstein & Laura Rozen: “Hosni Mubarak transferring power, won’t resign” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday that he will transfer many of his powers to his vice president but will not step down until after a new leader is elected this fall. LINK

Bloomberg’s Kate Andersen Brower and Hans Nichols: “Obama Says in Speech U.S. Will Fully Support Orderly Transition in Egypt” President Barack Obama met with his national security advisers as events in Egypt reached a new crisis point after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied calls from protesters to immediately step down.  LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ News’ Bob Drogin: “Mubarak speech turns elation in Tahrir Square to anger” President Hosni Mubarak's face glared down from a giant screen that rippled in the cold breeze above Tahrir Square. His gravelly voice boomed across a multitude of protesters standing silently, standing in shock, but most important, still standing. LINK

The Hill’s John T. Bennett and Sam Youngman: “Lawmakers fear fallout from Egypt crisis” Democrats and Republicans sternly warned the Obama administration on Thursday that it must prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from taking power in Egypt. LINK

G.O.P.:
The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “House Republicans divided on spending cuts; for some, it’s $100 billion or bust” An already wobbly week for House Republicans turned chaotic Thursday as their unruly new majority flatly rejected a spending plan crafted by House leaders, saying its cuts fell far short of fulfilling a campaign pledge to slice $100 billion from federal programs. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook: “House GOP Leaders Bow to Call for More Cuts” House Republican leaders on Thursday bowed to a revolt from conservative lawmakers and said they would propose deeper budget cuts for the current year than they had planned. LINK

CHRIS LEE:
ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Should Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan Sit Out Health Care Case?” As chances grow that the Supreme Court will take up the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, a political battle is brewing over whether some justices should recuse themselves from what is likely to be a high-profile case.  LINK

ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT:
The Hill’s Andrew Resuciia and Ben German: “OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Allen is back” State of Play: Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the public face of last year's White House response to the BP oil spill, will step back into the spotlight Friday. The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration issued an “alert” for miners Thursday outlining the reasons 71 miners died last year in U.S. mines. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday that a news report on questions about Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves should prompt expanded U.S. drilling. LINK

OTHER:
The New York Daily News’ Nina Mandell: “Donald Trump for President? Real estate mogul leaves door open; says no way Ron Paul can win” Donald Trump may be the second Republican reality-show star to throw his name into the presidential ring. LINK

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Ethanol, Engines and Earmarks, Oh My!LINK
President Obama: 'The Voices of the Egyptian People Must Be Heard’LINK

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