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10:55 PM ET, February 15, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Evan Bayh won't seek re-election, Senate majority in play?  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, he announce Monday, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.  —  “After all these years, my passion for service …
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Rich V. / The Vail Spot:
Senator Mikulski of Maryland to Retire  —  I've just heard from an impeccable source that Barbara Mikulski, the Democratic Senator who is up for reelection this November, will choose to retire.  Mrs. Mikulski is expected to make her formal announcement in the next few days.
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Bayh to Obama: take this job and shove it  —  Millions of Americans long to tell their bosses “take this job and shove it.”  Hardly any have the power and money to do so, especially in these recessionary times.  Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana, however, is the exception.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Thoughts on Bayh  —  I can't believe I'm saying this but I really think Republicans have a chance to win back the Senate this fall now.  —  Let's be realistic- there was a Rasmussen view of Indiana that showed Evan Bayh down to Mike Pence and barely up on John Hostettler and a Research 2000 view that showed him safe for reelection.
ABCNEWS:
Evan Bayh Disses Washington on Way Out  —  Two-term Senator from Indiana Says He Will Not Seek Re-election, Pans Partisanship in U.S. Congress  —  Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh announced today that will not seek a third term — a huge blow to Democrats and an opportunity for Republicans to pick up another Senate seat in 2010.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bayh to retire in huge blow to Dems  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) will announce this afternoon that he will not seek re-election in 2010.  —  The news is a big loss for Democrats, opening up a very competitive seat in what's shaping up to be a tough cycle for Democrats.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Challenger adds to post-Bayh chaos  —  A Bloomington, Ind., restaurant owner who had been running an obscure and uphill challenge against Sen. Evan Bayh for the Democratic nomination claimed Monday that she's just 1,000 signatures short of qualifying for the ballot.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT BAYH IS THINKING.... Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) retirement is a shocker, leading many to wonder what on earth a popular incumbent with plenty of money and a big lead in the polls is thinking.  Bayh alluded to his frustrations on the Hill as part of his rationale.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Candidate Tamyra D'Ippolito: “Politics in Indiana is the Old Boy's School.”  —  I just spoke with Tamyra D'Ippolito, the candidate who was already running in the US Senate primary as a Democrat in Indiana before Evan Bayh ended his re-election bid today.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Gawker and Lean Left
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
Ed Hornick / CNN:   Too tough to be a centrist?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Evan Bayh  —  Obviously, Evan Bayh's never been my favorite Senator.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Another Dem Already In Race For Bayh's Seat …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bayh, Relative to His State, Was Valuable to Democrats
New York Times:
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban's Top Commander  —  WASHINGTON — The Taliban's top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.
Ezra Klein:
Democrats released a compromise health-care reform proposal  —  On Friday, I posted about the guest list for the White House's health-care summit, but I missed the big news in the accompanying invitation (mostly because I didn't notice that there was an accompanying invitation).  Here's the money bit:
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Graham: W.H. mulls indefinite detention
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems try to avoid overselling jobs bill
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Senator: VP comments ‘insulting’  —  Joe Biden shakes hands with Scott Brown.  AP  —  Sen. Scott Brown thinks Vice President Joe Biden was “off base” when he suggested Sunday that the Massachusetts Republican get his facts straight on the legal procedures for military tribunals.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Now IPCC hurricane data is questioned  —  Open science: Got Excel?  Debunk this  —  More trouble looms for the IPCC.  The body may need to revise statements made in its Fourth Assessment Report on hurricanes and global warming.  A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims …
Discussion: EU Referendum and GayPatriot
Washington Post:
Series of missteps by climate scientists threatens climate-change agenda  —  With its 2007 report declaring that the “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won a Nobel Prize — and a new degree of public trust in the controversial science of global warming.
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RealClimate:
IPCC errors: facts and spin
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
UN global warming data skewed by heat from planes and buildings
Discussion: Jay Currie
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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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Washington Senate  —  Washington Senate: Murray Leads All Republican Challengers But Rossi  —  Democratic Senator Patty Murray holds double-digit leads on three of the top Republicans who hope to unseat her in this year's Senate race in Washington State.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Open Left
Jane Taber / Globe and Mail:
Romney threatened on flight out of Vancouver  —  Republican politician Mitt Romney was physically threatened by a violent passenger on an Air Canada flight leaving Vancouver this morning.  —  Mr. Romney, who has been in Vancouver since Friday for the Olympic Winter Games, did not respond to the attack.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
 
 
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