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11:45 AM ET, February 15, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Evan Bayh to retire  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.  —  “After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Bayh To Retire In Face Of Challenge  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will not seek a 3rd term in the Senate next year, according to a Dem source, handing Dems yet another setback as they struggle to salvage their damaged ship.  —  Bayh, elected statewide 5 times, will become the 5th Senate Dem not to seek another term.
Fox News:
Democratic Sen. Bayh Will Not Seek Re-Election This Year  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this November, an unexpected decision that hands Republicans an opportunity for a pick-up in a year when Democrats are already defending several open Senate seats.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAYH TO RETIRE.... A huge surprise out of Indiana this morning, which will make the 2010 midterms that much more challenging for the Democratic majority. … Like Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announcement in January, Bayh's retirement comes completely out of the blue.
Boston Herald:
‘Oddball’ protrait emerges  —  Suspect's family, pals offer clues  —  As authorities searched for clues into what could have sent a University of Alabama neurobiology professor on an alleged killing spree, friends and family yesterday described Braintree native Amy Bishop as an awkward introvert …
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The Huffington Post:
Rachel Maddow Stuns Rep. Aaron Schock By Calling Out His Spending Hypocrisy (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … A heated exchange took place during NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) of hypocrisy for railing against a spending bill …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow sharpens focus on 'don't ask, don't tell'
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Maddow Corrects GOP Rep. Schock On Basic Facts Of Abdulmuttalab Case
New York Times:
Corrections  —  EDITORS' NOTE  —  In a number of business articles in The Times over the past year, and in posts on the DealBook blog on NYTimes.com, a Times reporter appears to have improperly appropriated wording and passages published by other news organizations.
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The Huffington Post:   Zachery Kouwe Plagiarism Scandal? …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
U.S. hunts for English-speaking bombers  —  Christmas Day bomb suspect reveals plot  —  U.S. and allied counterterrorism authorities have launched a global manhunt for English-speaking terrorists trained in Yemen who are planning attacks on the United States, based on intelligence provided …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton says U.S. fears Iran is becoming a military dictatorship  —  DOHA, QATAR — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the United States fears Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has gained enough power to potentially supplant the Tehran government.
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CNN:
Clinton: Iran heads toward military dictatorship
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
White House revamps communications strategy  —  White House officials are retooling the administration's communications strategy to produce faster responses to political adversaries, a more disciplined focus on President Obama's call for “change” in Washington and an increasingly selective use of the president's time.
Ian Austen / Vancouver 2010:
Fleming Slightly Hurt After Accident in Biden Motorcade  —  In a statement, Jay Carney, a spokesman for the vice president, said that two former athletes “were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.  They were both evaluated and have since been released.”
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Gawker
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Clifton B / Another Black Conservative:
UPDATED: Vice President Biden's motorcade involved in three-car crash
Discussion: Snark And Boobs and The Hill
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Goldman Goes Rogue - Special European Audit To Follow  —  At 9:30pm on Sunday, September 21, 2008, Goldman Sachs was saved from imminent collapse by the announcement that the Federal Reserve would allow it to become a bank holding company - implying unfettered access to borrowing from the Fed …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
U.S. Housing Aid Winds Down, and Cities Worry  —  ELKHART, Ind. — Over the next six months, the federal government plans to wind down many of its emergency programs for housing.  Then it will become clear if the market can function on its own.  —  People here are pretty sure the answer will be no.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Some Democrats keep distance from Obama  —  Aligning themselves too closely with the White House could be a strategic mistake ahead of the midterm election, they fear.  It's an approach that has the administration's tacit blessing.  —  Reporting from Washington - As President Obama's approval ratings sag …
Andrea Adelson / Sun-Sentinel:
Sarah Palin Mania takes over Daytona  —  DAYTONA BEACH - Palin-mania easily surpassed Danica-mania at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.  —  While Patrick got all the headlines for the better part of two weeks, she had no stake in the Daytona 500.  Palin did, and as a VIP guest for the race, she ate up all the attention.
Jack Mildam / AMERICAN DIGEST:
Something Wonderful: Hitler on Climate Change  —  The great military blogger Neptunus Lex says “It's probably a sign that the whole “Hitler parody” thing has run its course when I jump in.”  But he's wrong, wrong, WRONG!  —  This one sums up the state of how the flaming wheels are flying off the AGW juggernaut with every passing day.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Wizbang
New York Times:
After 9/11 Trial Plan, Holder Hones Political Ear  —  WASHINGTON — Last winter, when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called the United States a “nation of cowards” for avoiding frank conversations on race, President Obama mildly rebuked him in public.  —  Out of view, Mr. Obama's aides did far more.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Thump-Thump ... Thump-Thump  —  Friday brought yet more reason to think health care reform has a pulse—still a bit weak, perhaps, but getting stronger.  —  It came when President Obama issued his formal invitation to the bipartisan meeting on February 25.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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