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11:50 AM ET, February 17, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Another Liberal Crackup  —  The real reason Evan Bayh wants out of Washington.  —  The political retirement of Evan Bayh, at age 54, is being portrayed by various sages as a result of too much partisanship, or the Senate's dysfunction, or even the systemic breakdown of American governance.
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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 …
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Buh-Bayh  —  I never much cared for Sen. Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Hot Air Acquired By Salem Communications  —  CPAC hasn't even officially started and already its making news.  Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum.  Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Open thread: Hot Air acquisition
Discussion: Think Progress and The Jawa Report
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing  —  Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Steven Skurka / CTV.ca:
Conrad Black gets some rare good news
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success  —  Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked.  —  Let's say this bill had started spending money within a matter of weeks and had rapidly helped the economy.  Let's also imagine it was large enough …
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Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Bulk of Stimulus Cash to Come
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT IS ‘BROKEN,’ BUT WHO BROKE IT?.... Again, this is the right sentiment, but it's incomplete. … Right.  The system in Washington is “broken.”  Every effort does require an inexplicable “supermajority.”  The entire policymaking process is “dysfunctional.”
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CBS News:   Biden: Washington is “Broken”
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
It's past time for President Obama to show some leadership
Discussion: Swampland and Commentary
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.
Elisa Martinuzzi / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs, Greece Didn't Disclose Swap, Investors ‘Fooled’  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. managed $15 billion of bond sales for Greece after arranging a currency swap that allowed the government to hide the extent of its deficit.  —  No mention was made of the swap …
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Martin Feldstein / Financial Times:
Let Greece take a eurozone ‘holiday’
Discussion: FP Passport and EconLog
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.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The Accidental Plagiarist  —  Five days ago, Robert Thomson, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, wrote a letter to The Times' executive editor, Bill Keller, about “apparent plagiarism” on The Times' DealBook blog, in a post by Zachery Kouwe, a 31-year-old business reporter.
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New York Times:   Times Business Reporter Accused of Plagiarism Is Said to Resign
The Politico:
Dems' blues: States reverting to red  —  The electoral map candidate Barack Obama remade in 2008 appears to be retreating into its familiar patterns.  —  Obama broke the decisive role Ohio and Florida seemed to play in presidential elections, by moving from trench warfare engagement …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Moe Lane
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.
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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.
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 …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Tea partiers get audience with RNC chairman but not a shared public stage
Discussion: Politics Daily and Prairie Weather
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Party Gridlock in Washington Feeds Fear of a Debt Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Evan Bayh's comments this week about a dysfunctional Congress reflected a complaint being directed at Washington with increasing frequency, and there is broad agreement among critics about Exhibit A …
Joe Biden / Associated Press:
Assessing the Recovery Act: ‘The best is yet to come’  —  A year ago today, President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law.  Time and again I am asked, “How can you say that the Recovery Act has worked when the unemployment rate is so much higher today than it was when the act was signed?”
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi bets the House on success of $787 billion stimulus
Discussion: The Hill
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
2009- Global Warming Causes Foggy Days in San Francisco... 2010- Global Warming Causes Fog-less Days in San Francisco  —  You just can't make this stuff up.  —  Global warming blamed on foggier days in San Francisco:  —  SFGate reported this seven months ago:
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Pay-go gets passed, then it gets bypassed  —  The ink is barely dry on the pay-as-you-go law, and Democrats are seeking to bypass it to enact parts of their job-creation agenda.  —  Democratic leaders said extensions of unemployment insurance and COBRA healthcare benefits should be emergency spending …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Democratic Agenda  —  The vast majority of opposition to health care and allowing gays to serve openly in the military is coming from people who already say there's no chance they'll vote Democratic this fall.  That's an indication of minimal fallout for Congressional Democrats by acting on these issues.
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.
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
The secret behind the hot sales of “The Road to Serfdom” by free-market economist F. A. Hayek  —  Friedrich Hayek, Nobel-prize winning economist and well-known proponent of free markets, is having a big month.  He was last seen rap-debating with John Maynard Keynes in the viral video above …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Global Weirding Is Here  —  Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff …
Discussion: Althouse and Economist's View
Mark Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
NASA plans more outreach to Muslim countries  —  WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries” as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Four More Dem Senators Join Push For Vote On Public Option  —  Yesterday four Dem Senators made a big splash by signing a letter pushing Dem leaders to pass the public option via reconciliation, suggesting the provision may have a faint pulse.  —  Now four more Dem Senators have added …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Page and The Hill
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.
 
 
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Greece loses EU voting power in blow to sovereignty
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Study Finds Public Discontent With Colleges
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats mark the anniversary of the stimulus with GOP ‘hypocrites’ video
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd: Changing filibuster rules would be ‘foolish’
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
How to walk the fiscal tightrope that lies before us
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Chart Of The Day  —  John Sides blames the economy for Americans …
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