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7:20 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Winners and losers from Evan Bayh's retirement  —  Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for re-election is a massive shock to the political system, the full ramifications of which won't be fully known for weeks or months.  —  But, Bayh's retirement did produce its fair share …
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Ezra Klein:
Evan Bayh: An ordinary politician  —  My impression of Evan Bayh was that he was a major deficit hypocrite.  Despite spending all his time talking about the need to reduce spending, he'd voted for all the major spending increases in recent years.  When I looked into it, that wasn't true …
Ken Newton / St. Joseph News-Press stories:
McCaskill: Bayh announcement wasn't a shock
Discussion: The Hill and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   Bayh's additional gift to the GOP
CBS News:
4 Dem Senators Pressure Reid to Use Reconciliation for Public Option  —  Posted by Stephanie Condon Four Democratic senators, including two facing potentially challenging election campaigns this year, are asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to use reconciliation, a procedural maneuver requiring …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare reform and reconciliation a bad mix, ex-parliamentarian says
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senators urge Reid to revisit public option
Discussion: MyDD
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, Opinion L.A., At-Largely and ABCNEWS
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New York Times:
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban's Top Commander
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:   Maybe Eric Holder Should Pay Attention To Dick Cheney's Boasts
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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Elizabeth Crum / Nevada News Bureau:
Tea Party Imposters?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Excise Tax Loses Support Amid White House Push  —  WASHINGTON — An agreement to tax high-cost, employer-sponsored health insurance plans, announced with fanfare by the White House and labor unions last month, is losing support from labor leaders, who say the proposal is too high a price …
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www.thetakeaway.org:
Bill Keller Explains Why The New York Times Held the Story of Captured Taliban Commander: Transcript  —  HEADLEE: So explain the delay, the White House called you and asked you not to print the story?  —  KELLER: Well, actually, we called them, Mark Mazzetti and Dexter Filkins had the story pretty …
Discussion: Mediaite
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WOULD THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENT ITS OWN BILL?.... Last summer …
Discussion: Prescriptions
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  —  Some career politicians are under attack because many think they just don't get it.  AC360 asks if they're “Not Republican Enough or Not Conservative Enough,” Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.  —  Washington (CNN) — Only a third of U.S. voters …
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Oh, Canada for HRC if Pres. Palin?  —  From NBC's Courtney KubeSecretary of State Hillary Clinton could not escape U.S. politics during her trip to Saudi Arabia.  Early this morning during a town hall meeting with students at Dar Al Hekma College, a student asked Clinton if she thinks Sarah Palin …
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton plane delayed
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Governor  —  California Governor: Brown 43%, Whitman 43%  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman now runs dead even with likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California's gubernatorial contest.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely California …
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Rasmussen Reports:
47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
AccuWeather.com Weather Headlines:
Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years  —  Following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie's surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years.  —  The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore, where many people are ice skating.
Discussion: Don Surber and HazZzMat
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In Bid to Revive Nuclear Power, U.S. Is Backing New Reactors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told an enthusiastic audience of union officials on Tuesday that the Energy Department had approved a loan guarantee intended to underwrite construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia, with taxpayers picking up much of the financial risk.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and AmSpecBlog
Daniel Rubin / Philly.com:
Another case of TSA overkill  —  Just when I thought I was out of the Transportation Security Administration business for a few columns, they pull me back in.  —  Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?
Eric Turkewitz / New York Personal Injury Law Blog:
Scalia: “There Is No Right to Secede”  —  The right of a state to secede from the nation is way outside my personal injury wheelhouse.  But it has become a source of conversation on professorial and political blogs, and the concept has generated interest from the Tea Party movement.
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, Raw Story, TPM LiveWire and Gawker
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Murtha remembered for House, Marine, family roles  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — John P. Murtha, the gruff and powerful congressman who controlled billions of defense dollars and who became a national lightning rod when he turned against the Iraq War, was remembered today by family, military and the woman he helped make Speaker of the House.
Discussion: USA Today, NPR Blogs and Opinion L.A.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: GOP will debut 10 promises  —  Senate Republicans will lay out a 10-point election year agenda this spring, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Tuesday morning.  —  McCain said Republicans would craft a list of 10 legislative pledges which they would seek to enact within …
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Obama Selects Heads of His Deficit Panel  —  President Obama is going to name Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff in the Clinton White House, as the co-chairmen of a bipartisan commission to recommend how to reduce high deficits …
Discussion: NPR Blogs
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Foreign demand for Teasury securities falls  —  Foreign demand for US Treasury securities falls by record amount as China reduces holdings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Tuesday that foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities fell by the largest amount on record in December …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Fausta's Blog
 
 
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Discussion: Jihad Watch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC Chairman Kaine takes aims at GOP ‘hypocrisy’ on stimulus
Discussion: The Note
Frank Sharry / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Accused of “Empty Words” on Immigration
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Will Bayh Do With $13 Million War Chest?  No Decision Yet, Spox Says
Discussion: TPMDC
Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Ned Lamont Officially Announces For Governor; Expecting Big …
Discussion: USA Today and JammieWearingFool
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bayh for President!