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6:05 AM ET, February 16, 2010

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New York Times:
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban's Top Commander  —  WASHINGTON — The Taliban's top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
It's Extremely Important We Don't Torture Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar  —  The Taliban's military commander has been captured in a joint Pakistani-U.S. intelligence raid.  A high-five to Langley: this is one serious motherf**king success.  Now it's really important we don't screw it all up by abusing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Discussion: Guardian and Wonkette
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.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New poll: Now, signs of real vulnerability for California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer  —  So, is California's brittle Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer about to become the next Harry Reid?  Which is to say, embattled at home.  —  As Reid worked the wallets of San Francisco on Presidents …
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democrats Reel as Senator Says No to 3rd Term  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election, sending a wave of distress over his fellow Democrats and focusing new attention on the view that unyielding partisanship had left Congress all but paralyzed.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Evan Bayh  —  Obviously, Evan Bayh's never been my favorite Senator.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Gawker and Lean Left
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: Eunomia and The New Republic
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bayh to retire in huge blow to Dems
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Too tough to be a centrist?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Let's Get Real: Barbara Mikulski Does Not Fear a Loss This Year.  — By: Jim Geraghty  —  Many, many readers are excited about the rumor, eminating from The Vail Spot blog, that Sen. Barbara Mikulski will retire.  —  Mike Memoli of RealClearPolitics and Chris Cillizza of the Post …
Discussion: Don Surber
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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.
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 …
Jane Taber / Globe and Mail:
Romney threatened on flight out of Vancouver  —  Republican politician Mitt Romney was physically threatened by a violent passenger on an Air Canada flight leaving Vancouver this morning.  —  Mr. Romney, who has been in Vancouver since Friday for the Olympic Winter Games, did not respond to the attack.
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 …
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James Queally / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg is taken to area hospital after fall … U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg was taken by ambulance tonight from his Cliffside Park home after suffering a fall, his spokesman said.  —  The 86-year-old New Jersey Democrat was conscious when he was taken to the hospital …
Discussion: TPMDC
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Just 6% of Americans Believe Obama's $787 Billion Stimulus Created Jobs  —  In December the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 1.1 million jobs.  —  In January the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 2 million jobs.
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Dems try to avoid overselling jobs bill
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Will Obama's Up Numbers Get The Attention His Down Numbers Did?  —  The minute President Obama's numbers dipped below 50% the right wing went into full bashing mode.  The play in the numbers always goes back-and-forth, and conservative icon Ronald Reagan began his third year in the White House at 35% approval.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
 
 
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Tea party leaders will meet with Steele and other Republican operatives
Discussion: The Page
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Encounters Limits of Iran Engagement Policy
Discussion: Enduring America
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
In California, Exhibit A in Debate on Insurance
DeeDee Correll / Los Angeles Times:
In Utah, a plan to cut 12th grade — altogether
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Washington Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Townterview With Al Jazeera
Discussion: Bad Rachel and Laura Rozen's Blog
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Podesta: American political system ‘sucks’
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Ezra Klein becomes Newsweek contributor
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Taliban's mastermind of suicide attacks is alive
Discussion: The Jawa Report