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4:05 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, 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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Surprise!  Bayh's Choice Leaves State Party Officials Choosing …
The Cook Political Report:
2010 SENATE RACE RATINGS
Discussion: RedState
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAYH TO RETIRE.... A huge surprise out of Indiana this morning …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Pence declines again on Bayh seat
Discussion: The Note and Swing State Project
Eric Bradner / courierpress.com:   Bayh says he won't seek re-election
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
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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.
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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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Cheney criticizes Obama on national security policy, and Biden fires back
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.
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Flopping Aces
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Ken Starr to head Baylor University  —  Ken Starr, the constitutional lawyer who conducted the independent counsel investigation that lead to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, is expected to be named this week as president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
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.
 
 
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