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9:45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama  —  The news that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is retiring is another stunning blow for a Democratic party that is already reeling.  This development — because of who Bayh is (perceived as a moderate/centrist); because of the state he represents (a traditionally Red …
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  —  Let me start by saying, I don't buy it.  If there's an explanation for this that involves the presidency it is that most of Bayh's career going back two decades anticipated an eventual running for the big office.  And part of me thinks that at some point …
Discussion: Lean Left
Ed Hornick / CNN:   Too tough to be a centrist?
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Another Dem Already In Race For Bayh's Seat …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bayh, Relative to His State, Was Valuable to Democrats
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Evan Bayh  —  Obviously, Evan Bayh's never been my favorite Senator.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Holy Crap  —  Evan Bayh will announce today he's retiring from Congress.
Discussion: The Page
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
GOP demands White House post health care proposal online, then attacks WH for doing exactly that  —  Here is one from the “negotiating in good faith” files.  —  On February 8th, Republican House leader John Beohner sent a letter to the White House, demanding that the White House post online …
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
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.
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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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.
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
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Simcox endorses Hayworth  —  Chris Simcox, the co-founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, the militant anti-illegal immigration group, has dropped his own primary challenge to Sen. John McCain for Senate to endorse former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, according to Hayworth spokesman Jason Rose.
 
 
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