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9:35 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
Discussion: The Caucus, The Page and The Politico
David Catanese / The Politico:
Five ways to lose the Senate majority
Discussion: Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lane on Bayh  —  I have several more months in which to kick him around.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Bayh Running for President
Discussion: Gawker and Lean Left
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Barack Millstone Obama
Discussion: Eunomia and The New Republic
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  —  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.
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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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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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Lautenberg taken to hospital after fall
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
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
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Amy Bishop Killed Minorities: Leftists Silent on ‘Racist’ Rampage; Victims' Families Ask, ‘Why Was She Still Teaching?’  —  I just noticed something about the Amy Bishop case: Her victims were minorities.  From left to right at the photo: Dr. Adriel Johnson Sr., Dr. Gopi Podila, and Dr. Maria Davis.
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
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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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Ken Starr to head Baylor University
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
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Charlie Gasparino Poached From CNBC By Fox Business Network
Discussion: Clusterstock and Romenesko
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws
Discussion: The Duck of Minerva
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Encounters Limits of Iran Engagement Policy
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
In California, Exhibit A in Debate on Insurance
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Will Obama's Up Numbers Get The Attention His Down Numbers Did?
Discussion: The Other McCain