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10:05 AM ET, February 16, 2010

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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.
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
It's Extremely Important We Don't Torture Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar  —  The Taliban's military commander has been captured in a joint Pakistani-U.S. intelligence raid.  A high-five to Langley: this is one serious motherf**king success.  Now it's really important we don't screw it all up by abusing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Discussion: Guardian, DaTechguy's Blog and Wonkette
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.
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ABCNEWS:
Sen. Bayh: ‘Too Much Brain-Dead Partisanship’ in Congress  —  Indiana Senator Rules Out 2012 Presidential Run, Mum on 2016 Ambitions  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, whose retirement announcement Monday stunned the political world, today assailed partisanship in Congress and said he can achieve …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New poll: Now, signs of real vulnerability for California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer  —  So, is California's brittle Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer about to become the next Harry Reid?  Which is to say, embattled at home.  —  As Reid worked the wallets of San Francisco on Presidents …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democrats Reel as Senator Says No to 3rd Term  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election, sending a wave of distress over his fellow Democrats and focusing new attention on the view that unyielding partisanship had left Congress all but paralyzed.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Five ways to lose the Senate majority  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's stunning decision Monday to pass on a reelection campaign in Indiana is the latest blow to a Senate Democratic majority that is suddenly within striking distance for the GOP.  —  While the retirements of Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) …
Discussion: Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:   Centrists Cannot Win As Insurgents
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Gawker and Lean Left
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Tea party leaders will meet with Steele and other Republican operatives  —  About 50 leaders of the grass-roots “tea party” movement will meet in Washington on Tuesday with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and other top GOP operatives to discuss campaign strategies and conservative principles.
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David Barstow / New York Times:
Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right  —  Less than a year ago, Pam Stout was new to protest politics.  Now she runs a Tea Party group in Sandpoint, Idaho.  More Photos >  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho — Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government.
James Queally / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg is taken to area hospital after fall … U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg was taken by ambulance tonight from his Cliffside Park home after suffering a fall, his spokesman said.  —  The 86-year-old New Jersey Democrat was conscious when he was taken to the hospital …
Discussion: TPMDC
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CNN:
New Jersey senator suffers fall
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Lautenberg taken to hospital after fall
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Let's Get Real: Barbara Mikulski Does Not Fear a Loss This Year.  — By: Jim Geraghty  —  Many, many readers are excited about the rumor, eminating from The Vail Spot blog, that Sen. Barbara Mikulski will retire.  —  Mike Memoli of RealClearPolitics and Chris Cillizza of the Post …
Discussion: RedState and Don Surber
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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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Just 6% of Americans Believe Obama's $787 Billion Stimulus Created Jobs  —  In December the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 1.1 million jobs.  —  In January the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 2 million jobs.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and The Hill
NBC Chicago:
Wisconsin Billboard Calls for Obama's Ouster  —  Billboard will remain until June  —  Somebody in Wisconsin doesn't like President Barack Obama all that much.  —  An unnamed company has paid for a billboard along Highway 41 in Oshkosh that reads, “Impeach Obama.”
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and Power Line
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Amy Bishop Killed Minorities: Leftists Silent on ‘Racist’ Rampage; Victims' Families Ask, ‘Why Was She Still Teaching?’  —  I just noticed something about the Amy Bishop case: Her victims were minorities.  From left to right at the photo: Dr. Adriel Johnson Sr., Dr. Gopi Podila, and Dr. Maria Davis.
Julie Rovner / wbur.org:
Republicans Spurn Once-Favored Health Mandate  —  For Republicans, the idea of requiring every American to have health insurance is one of the most abhorrent provisions of the Democrats' health overhaul bills.  —  “Congress has never crossed the line between regulating what people choose …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
It's Time for Financial Reform Plan C  —  Can't everyone at least agree on a resolution authority that would prevent another Lehman or AIG?  —  About a month ago on this page ("When Greed Is Not Good," Jan. 11), I worried that the financial reform boat was taking on water and in danger of sinking.
 
 
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
U.S. looks to reluctant foreign investors to help fund the housing market
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Discussion: Stop The ACLU, POWIP and Moonbattery
The Hill:
Retiring lawmakers may be tempted to take big job openings on K Street
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