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Posted at 8:44 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Chris Lee's Craigslist date talks; Egyptian army abuse; Fake Twitter accounts mock DC

By Melissa Bell
The Italian Air Force "Frecce Tricolori" acrobatic squad performs in Rivolto, Italy, in 2008. Italy is planning a birthday party to mark the birth of the nation 150 years ago, but the celebration of unity is sowing discord at a time the government is already struggling with a national sex scandal. (Paolo Giovannini, File/AP)

National news: Chris Lee resigns, anonymous date talks

Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) resigned Wednesday after a gossip Web site leaked flirtatious e-mails allegedly sent by Lee to a woman not his wife. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, reportedly spoke with D.C. blogger TheLoop21. She said she has no guilt about his resignation: "Chances are he's probably met more women online and you know, cheaters eventually get caught. He didn't have to resign. He made that choice himself."

International news: Egypt's army and torture

As the 17th day of protests continues in Egypt, the Guardian unveils an in-depth look at the accusations against the military's handling of anti-government detainees. Hundreds and possibly thousands have been arrested during the protests, and the Guardian reports that at least some of them have been tortured. "Those released have given graphic accounts of physical abuse by soldiers who accused them of acting for foreign powers, including Hamas and Israel," Chris McGreal writes.

Media gossip: Fake Twitter handles

The New York Times dissects the humorous fake Twitter handles of Washington. Two of my favorites made the list: @DCJourno and @MayorEmanuel. The latter's work is described by the Times:

When a blizzard blanketed Chicago last week, "Rahm Emanuel" took to Twitter to chronicle his day -- making a snow angel on Lake Michigan, shoveling out David Axelrod's Civic, drinking whiskey in an igloo made by a tireless campaign intern named Carl.

Nerdy, wonky humor, you have grown on me.

By Melissa Bell  | February 10, 2011; 8:44 AM ET
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