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9:50 PM ET, February 18, 2010


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Joe Stack / Austin American-Statesman:
Internet note posted by man linked to plane crash  —  Editor's note: We found this note on a Web site being pointed at by social media users.  A search showed the domain that the note was posted on is registered to Joe Stack of San Marcos.  A man by the same name, who has addresses …
The Smoking Gun:
Plane Crash Suspect's Online Diatribe  —  Posting rages at IRS, claims, “I have had all I can stand”  —  The man suspected of intentionally crashing an airplane into a Texas office building today appears to have posted a lengthy online diatribe attacking the Internal Revenue Service and declaring that …
Fox News:
Small Plane Crashes Into Austin, Texas, Office Building  —  A small single-engine plane crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, around 10 a.m. local time Thursday.  —  An NTSB official told Fox News that they are investigating this as an intentional act …
Texas plane crash deliberate, officials say  —  (CNN) — An Austin, Texas, resident with an apparent grudge against the Internal Revenue Service set his house on fire Thursday and then crashed a small plane into a building housing an IRS office with nearly 200 employees, federal officials said.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo columnist: That insane pilot sounds kind of like a tea partier, huh?
Discussion: and Say Anything
Fox News:
Army Investigates Alleged Attempt by Soldiers to Poison Food at Fort Jackson  —  The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.  —  The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Breaking: Michelle Obama Reads Books  —  Rob from the Say Anything blog went on a White House tour and came away with the conclusion that Michelle Obama is a Communist.  My view is that what's really been proved here is that Rob from the Say Anything blog is an idiot.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and The Impolitic
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 4:30 p.m. EDT  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced that in light of continued improvement in financial market conditions it had unanimously approved several modifications to the terms of its discount window lending programs.  —  Like the closure of a number …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Raises Interest Rate That It Charges Banks
Discussion: FT Alphaville and The Big Picture
Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
CPAC Speaker Bashes Obama, in Racial Tones  —  How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelming went for President Obama in 2008?  At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racially charged language.  —  In a panel appealing …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Jeffrey Rosen / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama?  —  He's too detached and cerebral.  Too deferential to Congress.  Too willing to compromise.  And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished.  —  These are some of the qualities for which the president …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
In surprise CPAC speech, Cheney says Obama will last one term  —  President Barack Obama will be a one-term president, former Vice President Dick Cheney confidently predicted Thursday.  —  During a surprise appearance at the end of his daughter Liz's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: CNN
Donald W. Meyers / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch: Tea Party movement threatening to tear GOP apart  —  Politics » Members of the movement blast the Utah senator for being ‘out of touch.’  —  American Fork » Sen. Orrin Hatch has a message for the Tea Party movement: Work with the GOP or see conservatives lose more ground.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
House GOP: If Dems are finishing healthcare bill, why have a summit?  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn't much like the fact that Democrats continue to piece together an agreement on healthcare reform in advance of a bipartisan summit next week — and mocks their inability to do so successfully.
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Reconciliation still possible for stalled education reform bill
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society  —  The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm.  He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem.  Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Chuck Schumer Joins Push For Vote On Public Option  —  This is key: Senator Chuck Schumer has just signed the letter calling on Harry Reid to hold a reconciliation vote on the public option.  —  Schumer just fired off an email to supporters in which he announced that he's added his name to the letter …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
AHIP: ‘Stop the vilification’  —  Insurance industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans put out a statement in advance of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's press conference later this morning detailing increased premium rate hikes that called on Democrats to “stop the vilification” of the industry.
The Huffington Post:
Rubio Slams Obama's Teleprompter While In Front Of Telemprompters At CPAC  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Tea Party's choice in the Florida Republican primary, Marco Rubio, began his address to a crowd of conservative conventioneers by taking a shot at President Obama for reading from a teleprompter.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio makes fun of Obama teleprompter
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Duke lacrosse accuser charged with attempted murder, arson  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, late Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home  —  According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Huh?  Since when is attempting to blow up a federal building NOT an act of domestic terrorism?  —  Fox News' anchors seemed eager to assure viewers today that the plane-crash attack on IRS offices in Austin this morning was not an act of domestic terrorism.  —  Oh really?
Emily Miller / The Huffington Post:
National Enquirer Officially in Running for Pulitzer Prize  —  The Pulitzer Prize Board has officially accepted The National Enquirer's submissions for breaking the John Edwards scandal, according to sources close to the Board.  In a historic move, the Pulitzer Board conceded …
The World Newser:
Stephen Baldwin on Obama: ‘Homey Made His Bed’  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl and Z. Byron Wolf report from Washington D.C.:  —  It is one of the biggest annual gatherings of conservatives in Washington.  The yearly CPAC convention hosts everyone from Sen. Scott Brown to Mitt Romney.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wall Street's Bailout Hustle  —  Goldman Sachs and other big banks aren't just pocketing the trillions we gave them to rescue the economy - they're re-creating the conditions for another crash  —  On January 21st, Lloyd Blankfein left a peculiar voicemail message on the work phones of his employees at Goldman Sachs.
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