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7:15 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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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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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The Huffington Post:
Rubio Slams Obama's Teleprompter While In Front Of Telemprompters At CPAC
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio makes fun of Obama teleprompter
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
CPAC Speakers Mock Obama's Teleprompter
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 …
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Liz Cheney Tells TPMDC: Time To End Don't Ask Don't Tell
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
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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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.
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 …
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 and AmSpecBlog
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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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
In Blow to Taliban, 2 More Leaders Are Arrested  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Two senior Taliban leaders have been arrested in recent days inside Pakistan, officials said Thursday, as American and Pakistani intelligence agents continued to press their offensive against the group's leadership …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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