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Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Re-Election

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry said it is important to give Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “the space to be able to maneuver” as he proceeds.

Obama spent Tuesday in and out of meetings and getting updates on the fast-changing situation in Cairo. During a morning Cabinet meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reviewed the administration’s focus on opposing violence, supporting human rights and backing “an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” according to a White House readout of the meeting. The president was also briefed by his senior national security team in the afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs canceled an afternoon press briefing as news broke of Mubarak’s impending speech.

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