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1:45 PM ET, February 15, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Evan Bayh to retire  —  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, but my desire to do so by serving …
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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.
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.
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: CANNONFIRE, The Page and MyDD
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Gawker
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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Surprise!  Bayh's Choice Leaves State Party Officials Choosing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Replacing Bayh  —  Petitions are due in Indiana this week …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Evan Bayh to retire
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bayh will retire; Update: Dems have four days until tomorrow …
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and The Daily Caller
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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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 …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Boxer Has the Edge in California Senate Race But It's a Small One  —  Three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has only small leads on the three Republicans seeking her job and she is below the 50 percent mark in each of those match-ups, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Feb. 11.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
U.S. Housing Aid Winds Down, and Cities Worry  —  ELKHART, Ind. — Over the next six months, the federal government plans to wind down many of its emergency programs for housing.  Then it will become clear if the market can function on its own.  —  People here are pretty sure the answer will be no.
 
 
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