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5:00 PM 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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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Does Dick Cheney Want to Be Prosecuted?  —  After he was indicted for the murder of Alexander Hamilton, vice president Aaron Burr fled to South Carolina, to hide out with his daughter.  Another vice president, Spiro Agnew, kept completely silent before pleading nolo contendere on corruption charges.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IN DEFENSE OF SHAMELESS EXPLOITATION.... The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top military commander, is no small matter.  It's a “major victory.”  Given that Baradar is the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the war began, and his role in leading …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:   Maybe Eric Holder Should Pay Attention To Dick Cheney's Boasts
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Winners and losers from Evan Bayh's retirement  —  Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for re-election is a massive shock to the political system, the full ramifications of which won't be fully known for weeks or months.  —  But, Bayh's retirement did produce its fair share …
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The Huffington Post:
Evan Bayh's Retirement Leaves Democrats Scarred And Demanding Aggression  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senator Evan Bayh's abrupt announcement on Monday that he will retire at the end of his term has further united disparate voices within the Democratic Party behind the idea that legislative action …
ABCNEWS:
Evan Bayh Blasts ‘Brain-Dead Partisanship’  —  Indiana Senator Rules Out 2012 Presidential Run, Mum on 2016 Ambitions  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, whose retirement announcement Monday stunned the political world, today assailed partisanship in Congress and said he could achieve much more in the private sector than as a senator.
Peterhamby / CNN:   Upstart Democrat fails to get on ballot in Indiana
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
IN Dem Misses The Deadline  —  Restaurant owner Tamyra d'Ippolito (D) has enough signatures to make the ballot in the race to replace Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), she told Hotline OnCall in a brief interview, but an official in a key district says she has failed to reach the threshold.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Will Bayh Do With $13 Million War Chest?  No Decision Yet, Spox Says
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Post
David Barstow / New York Times:
Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho — Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government.  She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, watching government lift struggling families with job training and education.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Excise Tax Loses Support Amid White House Push  —  WASHINGTON — An agreement to tax high-cost, employer-sponsored health insurance plans, announced with fanfare by the White House and labor unions last month, is losing support from labor leaders, who say the proposal is too high a price …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WOULD THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENT ITS OWN BILL?.... Last summer, the White House explicitly said that when it came to health care reform, it would gladly allow Congress to write the legislation itself.  President Obama would establish the vision and lay out the principles, but let lawmakers do what lawmakers do.
Discussion: Prescriptions
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Sens. seek Obama boost on campaign trail  —  GOP hopes to see him on stump  —  President Obama kicks off what might be called his “Save the Senate” tour this week, heading west to campaign for two embattled Democrats trailing badly against Republican challengers - including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
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CBS News:
4 Dem Senators Pressure Reid to Use Reconciliation for Public Option
Discussion: Hot Air
Frank Sharry / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Accused of “Empty Words” on Immigration  —  There's a very strong editorial today in La Opinion on the issue of immigration reform.  Translated, the title reads, “No More Empty Words.”  It lays responsibility for any inaction on immigration this Congress squarely at the feet of Democrats.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Anti-incumbent fever at record high
Discussion: The Fix and The Eye
CNN:   Full results (pdf)
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In Bid to Revive Nuclear Power, U.S. Is Backing New Reactors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told an enthusiastic audience of union officials on Tuesday that the Energy Department had approved a loan guarantee intended to underwrite construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia, with taxpayers picking up much of the financial risk.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama announces $8.3 billion program for two new nuclear plants
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
John / Power Line:
What's the Deal?  —  One of the most intriguing news stories of the past week is the murder of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.  The team that carried out the assassination allegedly included eleven members, ten men and a woman.  They were evidently traveling on fake passports …
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Telegraph:
Dubai Hamas assassination: Irish citizens not involved, Ireland says
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Governor  —  California Governor: Brown 43%, Whitman 43%  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman now runs dead even with likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California's gubernatorial contest.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely California …
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Rasmussen Reports:
47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Oh, Canada for HRC if Pres. Palin?  —  From NBC's Courtney KubeSecretary of State Hillary Clinton could not escape U.S. politics during her trip to Saudi Arabia.  Early this morning during a town hall meeting with students at Dar Al Hekma College, a student asked Clinton if she thinks Sarah Palin …
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton plane delayed
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Most Americans think Congress should start over on healthcare reform, poll says  —  In a brutal assessment of the Democratically authored healthcare reform bills pending in Congress and the party's approach to healthcare, more than half of the respondents to a new Zogby International-University …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Milbank writing Beck book: ‘Tears of a Clown’  —  Dana Milbank recently wrote how a Fox News star has really “captured the moment,” before posing the question: “Is Glenn Beck America?”  —  Milbank, who only had about 750 words to tackle that question in his Washington Post column …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and TPM LiveWire
AccuWeather.com Weather Headlines:
Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years  —  Following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie's surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years.  —  The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore, where many people are ice skating.
Discussion: Don Surber and HazZzMat
 
 
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Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Ned Lamont Officially Announces For Governor; Expecting Big …
Discussion: USA Today and JammieWearingFool
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bayh for President!
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: GOP will debut 10 promises
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Democrats' Chance to Win in Florida in 2010
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