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February 2nd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil defies his odds, proclaims early spring

Most of the country is waking up to snow this morning, but sunny weather is on the mind of at least one this morning. Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil granted early springtime wishes today. He did not see his shadow, a sign that spring is near. Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow nine times out of 10, meaning six more weeks of winter, so rejoice that there was no shadow today!

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Filed under: You Have to See This
February 2nd, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Sen. Dick Durbin: Mubarak should leave 'the sooner the better'

Today on American Morning Sen. Dick Durbin, D, Illinois, responds to the role the Obama Administration is taking with Egypt. Tuesday President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "difficult days ahead" for Egypt following President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he won't run for re-election. Has the United States done enough in responding to Egypt?

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Filed under: Egypt • Politics • World
February 2nd, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Mubarak in 'state of denial,' pro-Mubarak protests 'insignificant'

(CNN) - Egypt woke up to a day of uncertainty Wednesday as opposition groups and protesters dismissed President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to not seek office again after his current term - and continued their demand for him to step down immediately. Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families with young children - for a ninth day of protests against the ruler. But the same morning, some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak, saying the press are "traitors" and "agents." Mubarak said Tuesday he will not seek office again in elections scheduled for September, but vowed to stay in the country and finish his term.

Today on American Morning, AM’s Kiran Chetry talks to Emad Shahin, associate professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame who has taught at American University in Cairo, about Egyptians' reactions to Mubarak's announcement.

Shahin says Mubarak fell short of the people’s demands and is in a state of denial. He explains to Chetry why protesters are fed up with Mubarak and breaks down Obama's Tuesday statement about the United States' role.

Filed under: Egypt • Religion • World