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1:25 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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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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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 …
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Democrats Polling For Bayh's Replacement  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee doesn't have a preferred candidate to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh just yet.  They're in the field with a poll, right now, testing Democrats against likely Republican nominee Dan Coats.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Eschaton
Gautham Nagesh / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Indiana candidate says White House secretly backing Baron Hill
EricArthurBlair / CBS News:   Bayh: No Chance I'll Switch Parties
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Bayh to Obama: take this job and shove it
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Possibility of a Republican Senate Grows
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  —  A passenger became “physically violent” when the former Massachusetts governor asked him to move his seat upright for take-off.
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.
New York Times:
As Clinton Presses Allies, Sharp Words Traded With Iran  —  JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — Locked in a sharpening confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program , Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated concerns about Tehran's intentions on Tuesday, suggesting that evidence pointed to Iran seeking nuclear weapons.
Discussion: niacINsight and The Majlis
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Oh, Canada for HRC if Pres. Palin?
Discussion: CBS News and Real Clear Politics
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 and Mediaite
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.
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.
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.
Telegraph:
Dubai Hamas assassination: Irish citizens not involved, Ireland says  —  The three Irish citizens who the Dubai authorities allege helped to assassinate a Hamas official do not exist, according to Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs.  —  The Irish government says the trio …
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 …
 
 
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