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9:15 AM ET, February 17, 2010

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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Republicans furious about timing of Bayh's retirement announcement  —  Republicans are livid about the timing of Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) retirement announcement.  —  They have at least four candidates in the upcoming primary while the Indiana Democratic Party will get to decide its nominee.
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Wall Street Journal:
Another Liberal Crackup  —  The real reason Evan Bayh wants out of Washington.  —  The political retirement of Evan Bayh, at age 54, is being portrayed by various sages as a result of too much partisanship, or the Senate's dysfunction, or even the systemic breakdown of American governance.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Betsy's Page
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Why Bayh Is Quitting the Senate  —  ‘I do have a sense of deja vu,’ the senator says, 'and the movie doesn't have a happy ending.'  —  Before Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh suddenly announced he will not seek re-election in November he had issued several warnings to fellow Democrats.
Discussion: Eunomia and alicublog
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Party Gridlock in Washington Feeds New Fear of a Debt Crisis
Ken Newton / St. Joseph News-Press stories:
McCaskill: Bayh announcement wasn't a shock
Discussion: The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
52% say Obama doesn't deserve reelection  —  52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.  —  44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority …
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New York Times:
Paterson Aide's Quick Rise Draws Scrutiny  —  David W. Johnson has worked for Gov. David A. Paterson for much of his adult life.  He began as a young, ambitious intern from Harlem when Mr. Paterson was a state legislator.  He rose to be Mr. Paterson's driver, serving as a kind of protector and scheduler.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Tea partiers get audience with RNC chairman but not a shared public stage  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele treated tea party leaders like an ugly date Tuesday afternoon: They were good enough to take upstairs, but not good enough to be seen with in public.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Prairie Weather
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Boston Globe:
Amy Bishop was charged with assault in 2002 IHOP dispute  —  In March, 2002, Bishop walked into an International House of Pancakes in Peabody with her family, asked for a booster seat for one of her children, and learned the last seat had gone to another mother.
Eric Turkewitz / New York Personal Injury Law Blog:
Scalia: “There Is No Right to Secede”  —  The right of a state to secede from the nation is way outside my personal injury wheelhouse.  But it has become a source of conversation on professorial and political blogs, and the concept has generated interest from the Tea Party movement.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing  —  Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taegan Goddard's …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare reform and reconciliation a bad mix, ex-parliamentarian says
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Most Americans think Congress should start over on healthcare reform, poll says
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Even Before Filming, Kennedy Series Stirs Anger  —  A new mini-series about John F. Kennedy's presidency that is being prepared by the History channel does not yet have a cast or a premiere date.  Not a frame of footage has been shot.  It does, however, have prominent critics who want it brought to a halt.
Elisa Martinuzzi / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs, Greece Didn't Disclose Swap, Investors ‘Fooled’  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. managed $15 billion of bond sales for Greece after arranging a currency swap that allowed the government to hide the extent of its deficit.  —  No mention was made of the swap …
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Martin Feldstein / Financial Times:
Let Greece take a eurozone ‘holiday’
Discussion: EconLog
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
INTERVIEW-Nuclear power aids White House climate push  —  Source: Reuters  —  * Obama is optimistic about climate legislation status  —  * No timeline for more nuclear loan guarantees (Updates with quotes, background)  —  The White House is working hard to advance climate change legislation …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama going nuclear: $8 billion startup
Discussion: D.C. Now
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
U.S. Supports New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia
Fox News:
Obama's Islamic Envoy Quoted Defending Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists  —  President Obama's new envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, is at the center of a controversy over remarks attributed to him defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group
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Ezra Klein:
Evan Bayh: An ordinary politician  —  My impression of Evan Bayh was that he was a major deficit hypocrite.  Despite spending all his time talking about the need to reduce spending, he'd voted for all the major spending increases in recent years.  When I looked into it, that wasn't true …
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Obama's disco-era jobs bill  —  WASHINGTON (Fortune) — The ghost of Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is hovering over President Obama as the Democrats try to pass a jobs bill in time for this year's elections.  So why is the centerpiece of the measure — a tax break for companies that make new hires …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: The Obama disco-jobs bill
Discussion: Right Pundits
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
BROWNS PROPOSE GAME WITH OBAMA  —  Hoops for Haiti, featuring President Barack Obama and Ayla Brown?  Maybe.  AP photo composite by POLITICO  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his daughter, Ayla, say they're serious about their proposal to play hoops with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Vincent Fernando / Clusterstock:
Exxon Hits Peak Oil... Reserves  —  Exxon Mobil (XOM) announced today that in 2009 the company's proven reserves increased by 133% of the amount of oil produced.  —  Exxon now has 23.3 billion oil-equivalent-barrels of reserves comprised of about half liquids and half gas.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Larry Kudlow / Washington Examiner:
Lawrence Kudlow: The Washington, D.C., disconnect  —  Washington's disconnect from the rest of the country has never been greater.  Why can't the political class in the District of Columbia produce a fiscal product that voters, taxpayers and investors are willing to consume?
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Hotline On Call
Tom Weir / USA Today:
Olympics call in new Zamboni to reshape speedskating oval  —  RICHMOND, B.C. — Some of the tensest moments at speedskating Tuesday came when there were no competitors on the ice.  —  That's because it was time to clean the ice and, after events of the two previous days …
Discussion: The Confluence and NewsBusters.org
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Defends MSNBC Against Charges Of Lack Of Diversity  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment last night on his MSNBC show was about the undertones of racism within the Tea Party movement, and like he often does, he posted a portion on his Daily Kos blog.
Paul / Power Line:
What's Obama's beef with India?  —  It's easy to figure out why President Obama has little use for Israel and England.  Israel is the bete noir of most contemporary left-liberals and England was the colonial overlord of Kenya.  —  But what has Obama got against India?
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Elders of Wall St. Favor More Regulation  —  Put aside for a moment the populist pressure to regulate banking and trading.  Ask the elder statesmen of these industries — giants like George Soros, Nicholas F. Brady, John S. Reed, William H. Donaldson and John C. Bogle — where they stand on regulation …
 
 
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