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2:05 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, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.  —  “After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished …
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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.
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:
Bye Bayh: Sen. Evan Bayh to Retire, Deal Blow to the Dems  —  Two-term Democratic Senator from Indiana Today Will Announce Decision to Not Seek Re-election  —  Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh will announce today that he's not seeking another term, handing a huge blow to Democrats and giving Republicans …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Holy Crap  —  Evan Bayh will announce today he's retiring from Congress.  Which is a huge blow for the Democrats and a big, big surprise.  —  Seems like the very effective political knee-capping of Dan Coats was all for naught.  And that raises something questions in itself …
Discussion: The Reaction and MyDD
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAYH TO RETIRE.... A huge surprise out of Indiana this morning, which will make the 2010 midterms that much more challenging for the Democratic majority. … Like Sen. Byron Dorgan's (D-N.D.) announcement in January, Bayh's retirement comes completely out of the blue.
Fox News:
Democratic Sen. Bayh Will Not Seek Re-Election This Year  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this November, an unexpected decision that hands Republicans an opportunity for a pick-up in a year when Democrats are already defending several open Senate seats.
Hotline On Call:
Explaining The IN Filing Process
Discussion: Commentary and Riehl World View
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Surprise!  Bayh's Choice Leaves State Party Officials Choosing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Open Left
The Cook Political Report:
2010 SENATE RACE RATINGS
Discussion: RedState
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Replacing Bayh  —  Petitions are due in Indiana this week …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Betsy's Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT BAYH IS THINKING.... Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bayh will retire; Update: Dems have four days until tomorrow …
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and The Daily Caller
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Evan Bayh to retire
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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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.
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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:
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Politics
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The Huffington Post:
Rachel Maddow Stuns Rep. Aaron Schock By Calling Out His Spending Hypocrisy (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … A heated exchange took place during NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) of hypocrisy for railing against a spending bill …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow sharpens focus on 'don't ask, don't tell'
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.
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The Huffington Post:   Zachery Kouwe Plagiarism Scandal? …
Ann Coulter / Associated Content:
Ann Coulter Refers to Joe Biden as Drunken Irishman Twice in Debate Over Biden Attempt to Counter Cheney Criticism  —  Ann Coulter has referred to VP Joe Biden as a “drunken Irishman” not once, but two, extremely enjoyable times in a debate with former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi …
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Ian Austen / Vancouver 2010:
Fleming Slightly Hurt After Accident in Biden Motorcade
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Gawker
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Goldman Goes Rogue - Special European Audit To Follow  —  At 9:30pm on Sunday, September 21, 2008, Goldman Sachs was saved from imminent collapse by the announcement that the Federal Reserve would allow it to become a bank holding company - implying unfettered access to borrowing from the Fed …
 
 
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