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12:50 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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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 …
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ABCNEWS:
Sen. Evan 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 could achieve …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
IN Dem Says She Has The Signatures  —  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.  —  Reached at her home, d'Ippolito said she was on her way out the door to drop off …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Indiana Dem: White House is conspiring to put Baron Hill in Bayh's spot  —  The question yesterday was whether dark-horse candidate Tamyra d'Ippolito would get enough signatures by the end of business today to ruin the plans of Evan Bayh and qualify for the primary ballot, making her the default Democratic nominee for his Senate seat.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
D'Ippolito: I Have Enough Signatures To Get On The Ballot For IN-SEN Dem Primary  —  Tamyra d'Ippolito, a cafe owner who has been seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Evan Bayh, just told TPMDC that she does have the minimum number of ballot-petition signatures need …
Gautham Nagesh / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Indiana candidate says White House secretly backing Baron Hill  —  Hoosier politics took an unexpected turn Monday night when Democratic Senate candidate Tamyra d'Ippolito accused the White House of conspiring with party officials to secretly draft Rep. Baron Hill to run against her.
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Bayh to Obama: take this job and shove it
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Blumenthal speaks to Yale Dems
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Maybe Eric Holder Should Pay Attention To Dick Cheney's Boasts  —  Yoo hoo, Mr. Holder!  Gee, after reading this post by Scott Horton, it seems like Dick Cheney is just asking to be prosecuted - why not give him what he wants?
Jane Taber / The 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.
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Romney Assaulted on Flight Leaving Olympics
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Outlook and the Economy  —  Chris Bowers notes that not only does the current Senate outlook look bad for Democrats, but there's a fair chance that it could get worse if Barbara Mikulski retires or Dino Rossi, George Pataki, or Tommy Thompson jump into gubernatorial races.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Open Left and The Vail Spot
Joseph Brean / National Post:
Conference on Muslims in the media too hot for some of its speakers  —  Stouffville, Ont.  — Western media have a “spiteful policy” toward Iran of inventing “fraudulent” news to “increase false national expectation” and “encourage disturbance,” according to the cultural attaché in the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Beware fear's racist temptation  —  Don't blame your fear of the future on Obama's skin color  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  Finally tonight, as promised, a Special Comment on this Presidents' Day celebrating George Washington, and the Founding Fathers he represents and Abraham Lincoln, and the Emancipation he represents.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
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.”
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 …
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 and Gawker
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 …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Conservatives suggest cutting Utah's budget deficit by eliminating mandatory 12th grade.  —  As states around the country face budget crises, “deficit peacocks” continue to demand cutting social spending while ruling out tax increases on those who have benefited immensely from years of conservative policies.
 
 
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