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6:10 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.
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.
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.
Hotline On Call:
Explaining The IN Filing Process  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-IN) decision to retire has sent Dems scrambling to figure out who will carry the party's standard — and how to go about getting that person on the ballot in the first place.  —  Candidates running for statewide office …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Holy Crap  —  Evan Bayh will announce today he's retiring from Congress.
Discussion: MyDD
ABCNEWS:
Bye Bayh: Sen. Evan Bayh to Retire, Deal Blow to the Dems
Discussion: TPMDC, The Page, Wonkette, neo-neocon and Gawker
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bayh, Relative to His State, Was Valuable to Democrats
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Surprise!  Bayh's Choice Leaves State Party Officials Choosing …
The Cook Political Report:
2010 SENATE RACE RATINGS
Discussion: RedState
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Pence declines again on Bayh seat
Discussion: Swing State Project and The Note
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
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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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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:   Boxer Has the Edge in California Senate Race But It's a Small One
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Podesta: American political system ‘sucks’  —  Washington (CNN) - John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, can describe the state of Washington politics with a single word.  And it's not a nice one.  —  Asked in an interview with the Financial Times to comment on …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T BRING A DOLT TO AN MTP FIGHT.... If you missed it, there was an exchange on “Meet the Press” yesterday, which only lasted about a minute and a half, but which deserves the attention it's received.  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow sharpens focus on 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  It was a dramatic moment for Lt. Dan Choi — revealing his sexual orientation on national television — but he couldn't resist paying tribute to the host.  —  “I love your show, Rachel,” Choi said.
 
 
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