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3:15 PM ET, February 27, 2010


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Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — A powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital of Santiago for 90 seconds and sending tsunami warnings along much of the Pacific basin.  —  Enlarge This Image  —  A woman sat in front a quake-damaged house in Talca, Chile.
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Latest Updates on Earthquake in Chile  —  A map showing the location of Saturday's 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile from the Web site of the U.S. Geological Survey. … About one hour ago, Reuters reported that a bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said …
Washington Post:
Hawaii under tsunami warning, emergency response plans underway  —  State officials in Hawaii have activated their emergency response plans to prepare for a possible tsunami caused by the massive earthquake in Chile, an official said Saturday.  —  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued …
Discussion: TBogg and Mediaite
Massive earthquake strikes Chile  —  A massive earthquake has hit central Chile and killed at least 147 people, though the toll is expected to rise.  —  The 8.8 quake caused widespread damage, destroying buildings, bridges and roads in many areas, including the capital where a chemical plant caught fire.
Discussion: Pharyngula, Truthdig and Docudharma
Associated Press:
Huge quake hits Chile; tsunami threatens Pacific  —  TALCA, Chile - A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth.  A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Fox News:   Massive Magnitude 8.8 Quake Hits Chile, Killing Over 80
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:
Liberalism, atheism linked to IQ  —  (CNN) — Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.  —  Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Transformation — By: Andy McCarthy  —  On Sean's panel last night, when the conversation turned to how nervous Democrats supposedly are over what for now is teeing up like a very bad November, I felt like I was channeling Mark Steyn, Mark Levin and Rush.  That is, I think our side is analyzing …
Irwin M. Stelzer / Weekly Standard:
Fly Now, Pay Later
Discussion: GayPatriot
New York Times:
Pelosi Struggles to Corral Votes for Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The future of President Obama's health care overhaul now rests largely with two blocs of swing Democrats in the House of Representatives — abortion opponents and fiscal conservatives — whose indecision signals …
Discussion: The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Coburn warns against majority-vote tactic in weekly Republican address
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp, The Hill and The Politico
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
President LeBron  —  Jon Chait was so in awe of Obama's commanding awesomeness that he described the healthcare summit as follows: … Hmm - let's watch that dunk again on videotape!  The AP Fact Check ran the transcript and concluded that both Obama and Alexander were correct but misleading.
Michael C. Bender / Post on Politics:
Crist says he would not scrap Dem health care reform, can't identify part worth keeping  —  Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, told The Palm Beach Post editorial board on Friday that, unlike many Republicans in Washington, he didn't think President Obama should scrap his health care reform proposal:
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case  —  ATLANTA — For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions.  But, staff members said …
Karl West / Daily Mail:
Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’  —  A secretive group of Wall Street hedge fund bosses are said to be behind a plot to cash in on the decline of the euro.  —  Representatives of George Soros's investment business …
Boston Globe:
A Kennedy considers running for House seat  —  With speculation mounting that US Representative William D. Delahunt will not seek reelection, Joseph P. Kennedy III, son of the former congressman and great-grandson of the Kennedy family patriarch, is eyeing a run to succeed …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Reveals More Missing E-Mail Files
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Michigan Democrat blasts GOP leaders for Bunning's objection on benefits
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: The Olympic Spirit, the Spirit of Bipartisanship, and Health Reform
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
TEA Party's power: ‘Really in charge’
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Washington Post:
Senators to propose abandoning cap-and-trade
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
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