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10:05 AM ET, February 19, 2010


 Top Items: 
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Scott Brown Yawns At Plane Attack On IRS Building: ‘No One Likes Paying Taxes’  —  Today a man flew a plane into a Texas federal building in an apparent domestic terrorist attack.  The suicide bomber, identified as Joseph Andrew Stack, was allegedly a right wing extremist who wrote on a website that violence …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo columnist: That insane pilot sounds kind of like a tea partier, huh?  —  Dedicated to my pal Michael Roston, who thought it was silly of me to cite examples at dKos and DU of people blaming this on tea partiers.  Those are mere partisan echo chambers, after all, and such nonsense is to be expected.
The Smoking Gun:
Plane Crash Suspect's Online Diatribe
Joe Stack / Austin American-Statesman:
Internet note posted by man linked to plane crash
Erick Stakelbeck / Stakelbeck on Terror:
CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina  —  CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas.  It is unclear whether the men are still in custody.
Douglas E. Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Voters to Democrats: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs  —  Evan Bayh's withdrawal from politics could be a harbinger of doom for the party—but it doesn't have to be.  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's stunning decision to retire should serve as more than a wake-up call to Democrats.  It should spur a fundamental re-examination …
Political Punch:
Exclusive: War in Iraq to Be Given New Name  —  ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name.  —  The new name: “Operation New Dawn.”  —  In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command …
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
War in Iraq will be called ‘Operation New Dawn’ to reflect reduced U.S. role
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
California Death Spiral  —  Health insurance premiums are surging — and conservatives fear that the spectacle will reinvigorate the push for reform.  On the Fox Business Network, a host chided a vice president of WellPoint, which has told California customers to expect huge rate increases …
Discussion: The Politico and Clusterstock
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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
CPAC Speaker Mocks Obama's Use Of Cocaine (VIDEO)
Joe Tetreault / TetreaultVision:
Healthcare Protestors Wield Pitchforks, Torches in CT  —  CT News Junkie, which is non partisan, has coverage of a rally outside of the CBIA - Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  —  Menacing marchers threaten civic organization that provides health insurance to small businesses.
Discussion: RedState and JammieWearingFool
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘Family Guy’ Voice Actor Says Palin ‘Does Not Have a Sense of Humor’  —  Since it was shown on Sunday, an episode of the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy” has drawn the repeated condemnation of Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
Washington Post:
U.S.-Pakistan cooperation has led to capture of Afghan Taliban insurgents  —  KARACHI, PAKISTAN — The capture of senior Afghan Taliban leaders in Pakistan represents the culmination of months of pressure by the Obama administration on Pakistan's powerful security forces to side with the United States …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Whoa: More than a dozen Taliban leaders seized by Pakistan intel
Randy Haddock:
Response to Olbermann: ‘People of color’ at Tea Parties  —  So last night that race-peddlin' buffoon over at MSNBC... wait, that's pretty much everyone on that network.  Let me be more specific.  OK, so, last night Keith Olbermann used his self-parodying Special Comment segment to ask …
Discussion: Hot Air and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republican Marco Rubio is anti-Crist challenging Florida governor in Senate primary  —  The anti-Crist came to Washington on Thursday.  In the ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park, they acted as if he were the Messiah.  —  His name: Marco Rubio, the far-right challenger to Florida …
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Lewis Knew of Legal Decision  —  Testimony Shows Ex-BofA Chief Was Briefed on Not Disclosing Growing Losses  —  Former Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth D. Lewis told the Securities and Exchange Commission that he was briefed twice about legal decisions not to disclose ballooning losses …
Discussion: Clusterstock and FT Alphaville
New York Times:
Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
CPAC embraces the new Romney  —  When Mitt Romney, candidate for president, came to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2007, he was a fresh-faced over-eager student of Republican politics: He won cheers for a newfound social conservatism, and won a straw poll amid charges he'd packed the hall.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Romney attacks Obama in first major speech since 2008
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Ratification of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday that it would ask the Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, more than a decade after President Bill Clinton failed to convince the treaty's opponents …
Discussion: SENATUS
The White House:
Remarks of Vice President Biden at National Defense University …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
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George Rush / NY Daily News:
CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama …
Discussion: Commentary
Stanley B. Greenberg / The New Republic:
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Discussion: The Fix and Democratic Strategist
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
U.S. approves settlement for black farmers
Discussion: The Caucus
V. Dion Haynes / Washington Post:
In D.C., more evidence that commercial real estate headed for foreclosure crisis
Discussion: Politics Daily and Calculated Risk
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Makes Surprise Appearance At CPAC, Re-Uses Past Line
Discussion: Firedoglake
Richard Lister / BBC:
Flip-flop diplomat  —  Not too many people meet the president …
Discussion: China Digital Times
 Earlier Items: 
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Unions Are Crippling Obama—Exhibit A
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Betsy's Page
Fox News:
Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly to 473,000
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Emily Miller / The Huffington Post:
National Enquirer Officially in Running for Pulitzer Prize
Discussion: Media Decoder and Gawker
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
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