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2:15 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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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:
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.
Gautham Nagesh / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Indiana candidate says White House secretly backing Baron Hill
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:
Would-Be Dem Replacement For Bayh: The “Machine” Is Out To Get Me!
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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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: Salon, TalkLeft and 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?
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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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  —  A passenger became “physically violent” when the former Massachusetts governor asked him to move his seat upright for take-off.
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 …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Anti-incumbent fever at record high
Discussion: New York Times and msnbc.com
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
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama announces $8.3 billion program for two new nuclear plants  —  In an effort to embrace a keystone of Republican energy proposals, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that his administration will make available $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of two new nuclear power plants.
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
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: Raw Story, Mediaite, Gawker and Romenesko
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.
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 …
Sergio Bendixen / The Huffington Post:
Democrats' Chance to Win in Florida in 2010  —  Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart's announcement on Thursday that he would not seek re-election this November set off one of the rarest games of musical chairs in American politics.  Within minutes of Diaz-Balart's announcement, his brother …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
 
 
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Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
US senators oppose ‘systemic risk’ curbs
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EricArthurBlair / CBS News:
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Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
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