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11:00 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, Wonkette and DaTechguy's Blog
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Bayh: ‘Too Much Brain-Dead Partisanship’ in Congress  —  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 can achieve …
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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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Barstow / New York Times:
Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right  —  Less than a year ago, Pam Stout was new to protest politics.  Now she runs a Tea Party group in Sandpoint, Idaho.  More Photos >  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho — Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government.
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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.
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BYE, BAYH  —  Democrats, including Bayh, run for the hills when Obama's approval is at ... 50%?... More on Bayh's stunning announcement yesterday... The GOP now has at least eight legitimate Senate pick-up opportunities... The combined number of Dem and GOP retirements …
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 …
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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CNN:
New Jersey senator suffers fall
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.
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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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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.
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: Outside The Beltway and The Hill
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 …
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, Romenesko and Gawker
NBC Chicago:
Wisconsin Billboard Calls for Obama's Ouster  —  Billboard will remain until June  —  Somebody in Wisconsin doesn't like President Barack Obama all that much.  —  An unnamed company has paid for a billboard along Highway 41 in Oshkosh that reads, “Impeach Obama.”
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and Power Line
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
In California, Exhibit A in Debate on Insurance  —  LOS ANGELES — When Bernhard Punzet opened the dreaded envelope from Anthem Blue Cross one recent Saturday, it ruined his weekend.  —  Although he had no known medical problems, the company was raising the premium on his individual health insurance policy …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
U.S. looks to reluctant foreign investors to help fund the housing market  —  As the U.S. housing market boomed in the past decade and fueled a bull market in mortgage investments, Norway's government-owned fund went along for the ride — and the fall.  —  After that fund recorded …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Julie Rovner / wbur.org:
Republicans Spurn Once-Favored Health Mandate  —  For Republicans, the idea of requiring every American to have health insurance is one of the most abhorrent provisions of the Democrats' health overhaul bills.  —  “Congress has never crossed the line between regulating what people choose …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
The December Trade Release: Implications for GDP Growth …
Discussion: Free exchange and Clusterstock
Ezra Klein:
All you ever wanted to know about the research on health insurance …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Go After Stimulus Critics
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Woes Flag Wider Disease
Discussion: The New Republic
Elizabeth Drew / New York Review of Books:
Is There Life in Health Care Reform?
Discussion: The New Republic
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Studies: Foreclosures to Keep Pressuring House Prices
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
Unionized Rhode Island Teachers Refuse To Work 25 Minutes More Per …
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Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
It's Time for Financial Reform Plan C
The Hill:
Retiring lawmakers may be tempted to take big job openings on K Street
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Amy Bishop Killed Minorities: Leftists Silent on ‘Racist’ …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Encounters Limits of Iran Engagement Policy
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Will Obama's Up Numbers Get The Attention His Down Numbers Did?
Discussion: The Other McCain