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11:50 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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.  —  Here's an obviously admiring Charles Lane on Evan Bayh's decision: … The noteworthy thing here is that Lane, who seems to like Bayh and not see him as a selfish, immoral grandstander basically sees Bayh as a selfish, immoral grandstander.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:   Let's Get Real: Barbara Mikulski Does Not Fear a Loss This Year.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Gawker and Lean Left
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Evan Bayh  —  Obviously, Evan Bayh's never been my favorite Senator.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bayh, Relative to His State, Was Valuable to Democrats
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Another Dem Already In Race For Bayh's Seat …
Ed Hornick / CNN:   Too tough to be a centrist?
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
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
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: YID With LID and EU Referendum
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.
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 and TPMDC
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Will Obama's Up Numbers Get The Attention His Down Numbers Did?  —  The minute President Obama's numbers dipped below 50% the right wing went into full bashing mode.  The play in the numbers always goes back-and-forth, and conservative icon Ronald Reagan began his third year in the White House at 35% approval.
Discussion: The Other McCain
James Queally / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg 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 Democrat was conscious when he was taken to the hospital …
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
 
 
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