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9:05 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: DaTechguy's Blog, 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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Bayh: ‘Too Much Brain-Dead Partisanship’ in Congress
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Catanese / The Politico:
Five ways to lose the Senate majority
Discussion: Don Surber and The Note
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Washington Post, Gawker and Lean Left
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: Eunomia and The New Republic
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: RedState and 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.
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
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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Lautenberg taken to hospital after fall
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Tea party leaders will meet with Steele and other Republican operatives  —  About 50 leaders of the grass-roots “tea party” movement will meet in Washington on Tuesday with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and other top GOP operatives to discuss campaign strategies and conservative principles.
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David Barstow / New York Times:
Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Encounters Limits of Iran Engagement Policy  —  WASHINGTON — For two days this month, Gen. James L. Jones, President Obama's national security adviser, and Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, were in the same place at the same time, attending a high-level security conference …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Candidate Tamyra D'Ippolito: “Politics in Indiana is the Old Boy's School.”  —  I just spoke with Tamyra D'Ippolito, the candidate who was already running in the US Senate primary as a Democrat in Indiana before Evan Bayh ended his re-election bid today.
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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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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Sen.: W.H. mulls indefinite detention
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
 
 
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws
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Julie Rovner / wbur.org:
Republicans Spurn Once-Favored Health Mandate
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
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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