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8:40 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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Joe Stack / Austin American-Statesman:
Internet note posted by man linked to plane crash  —  Editor's note: We found this note on a Web site being pointed at by social media users.  A search showed the domain that the note was posted on is registered to Joe Stack of San Marcos.  A man by the same name, who has addresses …
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The Smoking Gun:
Plane Crash Suspect's Online Diatribe  —  Posting rages at IRS, claims, “I have had all I can stand”  —  The man suspected of intentionally crashing an airplane into a Texas office building today appears to have posted a lengthy online diatribe attacking the Internal Revenue Service and declaring that …
Fox News:
Small Plane Crashes Into Austin, Texas, Office Building  —  A small single-engine plane crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, around 10 a.m. local time Thursday.  —  An NTSB official told Fox News that they are investigating this as an intentional act …
CNN:
Texas plane crash deliberate, officials say  —  (CNN) — An Austin, Texas, resident with an apparent grudge against the Internal Revenue Service set his house on fire Thursday and then crashed a small plane into a building housing an IRS office with nearly 200 employees, officials said.
Say Anything:
Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library  —  I arrived in Washington DC today to cover CPAC and since I was in town, and since CPAC doesn't really get rolling until tomorrow, I tagged along with some Scott Hennen Show listeners on an extensive tour …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Breaking: Michelle Obama Reads Books  —  Rob from the Say Anything blog went on a White House tour and came away with the conclusion that Michelle Obama is a Communist.  My view is that what's really been proved here is that Rob from the Say Anything blog is an idiot.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and The Impolitic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
In surprise CPAC speech, Cheney says Obama will last one term  —  President Barack Obama will be a one-term president, former Vice President Dick Cheney confidently predicted Thursday.  —  During a surprise appearance at the end of his daughter Liz's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: CNN and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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Jeffrey Rosen / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama?  —  He's too detached and cerebral.  Too deferential to Congress.  Too willing to compromise.  And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished.  —  These are some of the qualities for which the president …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 4:30 p.m. EDT  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced that in light of continued improvement in financial market conditions it had unanimously approved several modifications to the terms of its discount window lending programs.  —  Like the closure of a number …
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Raises Interest Rate That It Charges Banks
Discussion: FT Alphaville and The Big Picture
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
At CPAC, a new conservative order  —  Since Richard Nixon was president, the Conservative Political Action Conference has provided the American Right with an annual occasion for self-evaluation.  On Thursday, when some 10,000 activists gather in Washington for this year's conference …
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Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
CPAC Speaker Bashes Obama, in Racial Tones  —  How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelming went for President Obama in 2008?  At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racially charged language.  —  In a panel appealing …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society  —  The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm.  He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem.  Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Chuck Schumer Joins Push For Vote On Public Option  —  This is key: Senator Chuck Schumer has just signed the letter calling on Harry Reid to hold a reconciliation vote on the public option.  —  Schumer just fired off an email to supporters in which he announced that he's added his name to the letter …
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The Huffington Post:
Rubio Slams Obama's Teleprompter While In Front Of Telemprompters At CPAC  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Tea Party's choice in the Florida Republican primary, Marco Rubio, began his address to a crowd of conservative conventioneers by taking a shot at President Obama for reading from a teleprompter.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio makes fun of Obama teleprompter
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
House GOP: If Dems are finishing healthcare bill, why have a summit?  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn't much like the fact that Democrats continue to piece together an agreement on healthcare reform in advance of a bipartisan summit next week — and mocks their inability to do so successfully.
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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Reconciliation still possible for stalled education reform bill
WRAL-TV:
Duke lacrosse accuser charged with attempted murder, arson  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, late Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
AHIP: ‘Stop the vilification’  —  Insurance industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans put out a statement in advance of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's press conference later this morning detailing increased premium rate hikes that called on Democrats to “stop the vilification” of the industry.
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Reuters:
IAEA fears Iran working now on nuclear warhead  —  VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog fears Iran may be working now to develop a nuclear-armed missile, the agency said on Thursday, throwing independent weight behind Western suspicions of an active Iranian weapons program.
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
U.N. agency fears Iran may be working on nuclear warhead
Discussion: YID With LID
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home  —  According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: ‘Obama fails to understand America’  —  Mitt Romney has gone from being an overeager suitor to being a favored son of the Conservative Political Action Conference since he ended his presidential campaign here in 2008, and his speech today was well-calibrated to an audience basking …
Erick Stakelbeck / Stakelbeck on Terror:
CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina  —  CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas.  It is unclear whether the men are still in custody.
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Dramatic Olbermann vs. Dramatic Chipmunk  —  No one is more self-dramatizing on cable news than male hysteric, unsolicited janitor of Cooperstown, and Countdown host Keith Olbermann, who includes more special effects during his Castro-length “Special Comment” segments than Mikhail Kalatozov did in I Am Cuba …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 each  —  Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wall Street's Bailout Hustle  —  Goldman Sachs and other big banks aren't just pocketing the trillions we gave them to rescue the economy - they're re-creating the conditions for another crash  —  On January 21st, Lloyd Blankfein left a peculiar voicemail message on the work phones of his employees at Goldman Sachs.
 
 
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William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
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