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11:15 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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Media Decoder and Relaxed Politics
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.
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.
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stack's Manifesto — By: Stephen Spruiell
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.
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
Discussion: Coop's Corner and The Impolitic
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
The Huffington Post:
CPAC Speaker Mocks Obama's Use Of Cocaine (VIDEO)
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.
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 …
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 …
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Romney attacks Obama in first major speech since 2008  —  Republican Mitt Romney launched a withering series of attacks against President Obama Thursday in his first major speech since the 2008 election, saying the president has “failed the American people.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: ‘Obama fails to understand America’
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.
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
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
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 …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Unions Are Crippling Obama—Exhibit A  —  Unions vs. stimulation: The home “weatherization” jobs in the stimulus bill were subjected to Davis-Bacon wage regulations—a favorite of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department—under which federal Labor Department officials establish “prevailing wage” rates that must be paid.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 each
Discussion: and The Strata-Sphere
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Coming Soon to a State Near You  —  It's not just Anthem Blue Cross in California that wants to pass along huge premium increases to some of its customers.  Today the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a report documenting large rate hikes that Blue Cross affiliates …
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 …
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 …
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.
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