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7:55 AM ET, February 19, 2010


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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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
As Campaign Nears, Paterson Is Seen as Increasingly Remote  —  When a plane crashed outside Buffalo about 10:20 on a Thursday evening last year, killing 50 people, aides to Gov. David A. Paterson of New York could not find him for more than three hours, and it was nearly five hours …
New York Times:
Obama to Offer Health Bill to Ease Impasse as Bipartisan Meeting Approaches  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week …
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Reconciliation still possible for stalled education reform bill
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.
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 …
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: Clusterstock
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Makes Surprise Appearance At CPAC, Re-Uses Past Line  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, met by a thunderous applause of a surprised and adoring crowd.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 and Betsy's Page
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.
On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System  —  Henry Paulson's tenure from July 2006 to January 2009 was the most volatile and demanding of any Treasury secretary in modern memory.  Under his watch, the government faced the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Discussion: MyDD and Taegan Goddard's …
Alan Dershowitz / The Huffington Post:
If Israel killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Did It Have the Right To?  —  I don't know whether Israel did or did not assassinate the leader of the Hamas military wing, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.  But assuming for argument's sake that the Mossad made the hit, did it have the right to engage in this “extrajudicial assassination?”
Discussion: Conventional Folly
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
U.N. agency fears Iran may be working on nuclear warhead  —  An International Atomic Energy Agency report expresses worry that Iran may be working on a nuclear warhead, despite a 2007 U.S. intelligence assessment that found the Islamic Republic stopped such work in 2003.
IAEA fears Iran working now on nuclear warhead
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Richard Lister / BBC:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
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Fox News:
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