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5:05 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Austin American-Statesman:
Plane crashes into Northwest Austin office building  —  A plane crashed into a Northwest Austin building that houses federal offices about 9:30 this morning, sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.  —  Paramedics have set up a triage center at the scene, though it is unclear how many people are injured.
ABCNEWS:
Austin Plane Crash May Have Been Suicidal Attack on IRS
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and msnbc.com
Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Officials investigating Texas crash as a crime
Discussion: Classical Values and Townhall.com
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio makes fun of Obama teleprompter  —  President Barack Obama's use of teleprompters again became the butt of a Republican's joke Thursday morning; this time Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio took the jab.  —  While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) …
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.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
CPAC Speakers Mock Obama's Teleprompter
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Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Obama and Dalai Lama discuss Tibet
Discussion: CNN
CNN:   Dalai Lama greets press after Obama meeting
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 The Note
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sixteen Senators Now Calling For Vote On Public Option  —  Sixteen and counting.  —  Senators Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed and Tom Udall have all now signed the letter pushing for a reconcilation vote on the public option, the group organizing the push confirms, bringing the total of Senators …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Bennet's hometown paper not happy
Discussion: CNN
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.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
In Blow to Taliban, 2 More Senior 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 …
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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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 …
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.
Eric Bradner / courierpress.com:
Sources: Ellsworth to run for Senate, state Rep. Van Haaften for Congress  —  INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth will run for Senate, and state Rep. Trent Van Haaften will seek his seat in Congress, multiple Democratic sources said Thursday morning.  —  As Democrats have searched …
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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