On the Radar: Anger in Egypt, CPAC, sentencing in Levy case, Gibbs' farewell
Protesters wave a Tunisian flag along with Egyptian flags Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
February 11th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

On the Radar: Anger in Egypt, CPAC, sentencing in Levy case, Gibbs' farewell

Egypt developments - Thousands of outraged protesters on Friday are packing Cairo's Tahrir Square and moving on government buildings in Suez after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak failed to resign as expected.

Mubarak remains the titular head of his country, but little else is clear.

He delegated most of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman, whom he appointed just last week.

The Egyptian Constitution reserves three particular powers for the president alone - they cannot be delegated to the vice president. Those are the right to dismiss parliament, to request constitutional amendments and to alter the structure of the government.

Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Sameh Shoukry, told CNN that while Mubarak was by law still the president, Suleiman was now "the de facto president."

Some protesters say they fear a bloodbath, and Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted after Mubarak's speech that Egypt would "explode."

Sentencing in Chandra Levy case - Prosecutors say the man who killed intern Chandra Levy should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is scheduled to be sentenced in D.C. Superior Court. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life.

Levy, a 24-year-old California native, was in Washington working as an intern for the Bureau of Prisons when she was last seen on May 1, 2001. Her skull was found in May 2002 in Washington's Rock Creek Park. But police didn't arrest Guandique until February 2009. He had been serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two other women in the park and had reportedly spoken about killing Levy.

Levy and then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, D-California, had an affair before her disappearance. Condit was never a suspect in the case, but he was questioned intensively for details about Levy's whereabouts.

GOP contenders at conservative conference - Friday is the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, three days of speeches, strategy sessions and after-hours networking.

Republican 2012 presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty make remarks Friday.  Sen. Ron Paul also speaks, and the Tea Party holds a luncheon forum.

Fifteen Republicans are on this year's CPAC presidential straw poll ballot, including one whom Republicans consider a rock star: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who says he has no interest in running.

Balloting will be open to the 11,000 conference attendees until Friday evening, and the results will be revealed Saturday.

Gibbs' last day - Friday is Robert Gibbs' final day as White House press secretary. Gibbs leaves his position to become a Democratic consultant.

Jay Carney, communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed Gibbs at the lectern.

Gibbs announced his decision in January. He will continue as an adviser to the president after leaving the White House.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    It is barbaric that Ingmar, a member of a brutal gang, is still alive while Chandra is no longer with us; perfect example for the death sentence.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tomas

    thanks to everyone who stood with Egypt throughout her struggly for freedom. If this revolution is truly won, historians will remember how close the world has come with your understanding that no one lives alone. Because we share one sky, one time, we share one story – the legacy of certain generation. Egypt is happy and thankful to share this story with you. It was your thirst for equality that won this liberation!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomas

    Dear Pres. Obama, this is your time to shine as a different American presidends. The way you and your administration answer this call from Egypt will define your legacy. The world expect acts of moral principle in these historic events. Please make us all proud and make good use of the American image. We can not keep siding with the wrong side this time forth. Remember why the world is against us and deviate from our usual strategics. Thank you, Tomas.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    Who cares what the ragheads in egypt do as long as they stay out of the USA? The animal that killed Mz. Levy should be executed they same way her killed her. in dc, ssdd!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    Nobama has more important things in the USA than whats happening in egypt. Nobama should be worjing on the economical recovery and trying to get people back to work. who cares what goes on in egypt?! theyre not part of the USA!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tomaz

    @america 1st. "who cares?" about other nations well being? I do. Europe and usa do care big time too! Wana know why? Find out why it's so important to keep people prisoners in their own homes, and why is it we take innocent men to cuba when they try to stand up for their rights and their family and countries dignity. Read history and sociology maybe u could gain a clue about who cares what happen to other nations. We all came from out there so we care.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tomaz

    US can stand without the dream friend it had in mubarak. The western economy will fall without dictators and corruptions we plant in africa and the middle east. Remember AMERICA 1ST. AMERICA LIKE MOST OF ITS EU ALLY HAS NOTHING OTHER THAN GUNS TO TRADE. REAL MATERIAL RESOURCES COMES FROM THOSE PLACES DONT CARE ABOUT. HOW DO U EXPLAIN BETTERING THIS ECONOMY OF OURS WITH EM?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Warface

    The price of liberty is sufferance. Good morning New Egypt. Enjoy this sweet moment u paid for.

    February 12, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |