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White House spokesman refuses to say if Obama will ‘stand by’ Mubarak

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It’s the classic non-answer: At a White House press briefing Friday afternoon, reporters pelted outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs with questions about the revolution in Egypt, but there was one key query he just could not address.

It was Associated Press reporter Ben Feller who lodged the unanswerable, asking Gibbs if President Barack Obama will “stand by” embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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“Well, we are, again, monitoring a very fluid situation,” Gibbs replied. “I would point you to what I think we’ve said over the course of this, Ben, and that is this is not about picking a person or picking the people of a country.”

Mubarak, over more than three decades as his country’s leader, has been a key US and Israel ally.

The White House response mid-Friday, indicating hesitancy to support a longtime ally, was striking. This was especially so given Vice President Joe Biden’s suggestion Thursday night that Mubarak was not a “dictator” and should not resign in the face of unprecedented protests against his regime.

Gibbs added that the president was “very concerned” about the events in Egypt and would continue following the latest developments.

He further urged Egyptian authorities to turn the country’s Internet access back on, and to be more “responsive” to the people’s demands. Gibbs said the ruling regime must develop a way to address the “grievances” in Egyptian society.

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Above all, he urged Egyptian protesters and government forces to avoid violence at any cost.

At least five people have been killed and up to another 1,000 wounded across Egypt since protests began in earnest on Jan. 25, according to published reports.

This video is from The White House, broadcast Jan. 28, 2011.

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‘They deserve it’: Republican strategist tells GOP it’s their own fault for going down with Trump because ‘they know better’

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Republican strategist Susan del Percio said that there is no excuse for GOP members who failed to do the right thing and fight back against President Donald Trump when they had the opportunity.

Speaking to MSNBC's Joy Reid Thursday, del Percio called Trump "the anchor" around the GOP's necks, "dragging them down."

"But, you know what, they deserve it," she continued. "There are Republicans out there that deserve this because they know better. They should have been better on impeachment. They should have been holding him accountable all along. Now they are scared and worried about themselves. Well, boohoo, you brought it on. there's no excuse."

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On MSNBC Thursday, former federal prosecutor John Flannery broke down the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling against President Donald Trump on immunity from subpoenas.

"I think what it says is that the monarch has taken a body blow as a result of what will be an historic decision, as we've indicated," said Flannery. "I think that the position of the DA in New York is very special, because he can speed this up in a way that the House can',t and has a specific strength, I think, in this case, that it is criminal."

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Trump officials demanded the Army ‘dig for misconduct’ to justify firing Lt. Col. Vindman

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A New Yorker report revealed that top aides to President Donald Trump were told that they needed to find dirt on Vindman that could justify the firing of the decorated war hero.

"Vindman expected to go to the National War College this fall—a low-profile assignment—then take another foreign posting," the New Yorker reported. "But, in a final act of revenge, the White House recently made clear that Trump opposed Vindman’s promotion. Senior Administration officials told [Defense Secretary Mark] Esper and Ryan McCarthy, the Secretary of the Army, to dig for misconduct that would justify blocking Vindman’s promotion. They couldn’t find anything, multiple sources told me. Others in the military chain of command began to warn Vindman that he would never be deployable overseas again—despite his language skills and regional expertise."

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