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1:15 AM ET, February 17, 2010

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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 …
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Republicans furious about timing of Bayh's retirement announcement  —  Republicans are livid about the timing of Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) retirement announcement.  —  They have at least four candidates in the upcoming primary while the Indiana Democratic Party will get to decide its nominee.
Ken Newton / St. Joseph News-Press stories:
McCaskill: Bayh announcement wasn't a shock
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   Bayh's additional gift to the GOP
The Huffington Post:
Evan Bayh's Retirement Leaves Democrats Scarred And Demanding Aggression
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
52% say Obama doesn't deserve reelection  —  52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.  —  44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority …
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Weasel Zippers
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Most Americans think Congress should start over on healthcare reform, poll says
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare reform and reconciliation a bad mix, ex-parliamentarian says
New York Times:
Paterson Aide's Quick Rise Draws Scrutiny  —  David W. Johnson has worked for Gov. David A. Paterson for much of his adult life.  He began as a young, ambitious intern from Harlem when Mr. Paterson was a state legislator.  He rose to be Mr. Paterson's driver, serving as a kind of protector and scheduler.
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.
Boston Globe:
Amy Bishop was charged with assault in 2002 IHOP dispute  —  In March, 2002, Bishop walked into an International House of Pancakes in Peabody with her family, asked for a booster seat for one of her children, and learned the last seat had gone to another mother.
Discussion: Breaking News … and POWIP
Peterhamby / CNN:
Steele appeases Tea Party activists in lengthy meeting  —  Michael Steele met privately with 50 Tea Party leaders in Washington on Tuesday.  —  Washington (CNN) - An uneasy truce may have been reached between the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party after Republican National Committee …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Caucus
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David Barstow / New York Times:
Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right
Elizabeth Crum / Nevada News Bureau:
Tea Party Imposters?
Discussion: Classical Values
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Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Obama's disco-era jobs bill  —  WASHINGTON (Fortune) — The ghost of Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is hovering over President Obama as the Democrats try to pass a jobs bill in time for this year's elections.  So why is the centerpiece of the measure — a tax break for companies that make new hires …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: The Obama disco-jobs bill
Discussion: Right Pundits
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
BROWNS PROPOSE GAME WITH OBAMA  —  Hoops for Haiti, featuring President Barack Obama and Ayla Brown?  Maybe.  AP photo composite by POLITICO  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his daughter, Ayla, say they're serious about their proposal to play hoops with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Vincent Fernando / Clusterstock:
Exxon Hits Peak Oil... Reserves  —  Exxon Mobil (XOM) announced today that in 2009 the company's proven reserves increased by 133% of the amount of oil produced.  —  Exxon now has 23.3 billion oil-equivalent-barrels of reserves comprised of about half liquids and half gas.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
U.S. Supports New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, speaking to an enthusiastic audience of union officials in Lanham, Md., on Tuesday, underscored his embrace of nuclear power as a clean energy source, announcing that the Energy Department had approved financial help …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama going nuclear: $8 billion startup
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Defends MSNBC Against Charges Of Lack Of Diversity  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment last night on his MSNBC show was about the undertones of racism within the Tea Party movement, and like he often does, he posted a portion on his Daily Kos blog.
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends  —  Questions continue to mount over the science behind years of studies that say humans are chiefly to blame for global warming.  But reflecting a trend that has been going on for more than a year, just 35% of U.S. voters now believe global warming is caused primarily by human activity.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Governor
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?
Wall Street Journal:
The Continuing Climate Meltdown  —  More embarrassments for the U.N. and ‘settled’ science.  —  It has been a bad—make that dreadful—few weeks for what used to be called the “settled science” of global warming, and especially for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that is supposed to be its gold standard.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Even Before Filming, Kennedy Series Stirs Anger  —  A new mini-series about John F. Kennedy's presidency that is being prepared by the History channel does not yet have a cast or a premiere date.  Not a frame of footage has been shot.  It does, however, have prominent critics who want it brought to a halt.
David Catanese / The Politico:
McCain race catnip to talk show titans  —  Early polls suggest Arizona Sen. John McCain leads former Rep. J.D. Hayworth by a healthy margin in the GOP primary.  Among conservative radio talk show hosts, however, McCain is losing by a landslide.  —  As McCain gears up for a vigorous challenge …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: GOP will debut 10 promises
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Deglamorizing Sarah Palin.  —  Wow.  —  Okay, now I'd like to see a set of pictures of the little dweeb leaning over a computer screen, working on photographs of Sarah Palin, cropping her long hair and neutralizing the makeup colors.  Because I bet he/she is not sexy at all.
 
 
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