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1:50 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 …
Massive earthquake strikes Chile  —  A massive earthquake has hit central Chile, killing at least 122 people, the country's president-elect says.  —  The 8.8 magnitude quake struck at 0634 GMT about 115km (70 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion and 325km south-west of the capital, Santiago.
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
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
Fox News:   Massive Magnitude 8.8 Quake Hits Chile, Killing Over 80
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  —  Fiscal policy gone wild.  —  “Watch what we do, not what we say,” President Nixon's attorney general told the press.  Unfortunately for both men, the press eventually did that, and we got the first of the “gates:” Watergate.  The consequences for President Obama …
Discussion: GayPatriot
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Coburn warns against majority-vote tactic in weekly Republican address  —  Should Democrats use the budget reconciliation process to pass healthcare reform, it would fly in the face of public opinion, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in the Republicans' weekly address.
Discussion: The Swamp, CNN, The Hill and The Politico
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats to Press Health Bill With Simple Majority  —  WASHINGTON — Seeing no prospect of a bipartisan agreement on health care, Congressional Democrats said Friday that they would make another effort to pass sweeping health care legislation on their own.  —  If anything, Democrats said …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
TEA Party's power: ‘Really in charge’  —  One year into a still loosely defined and generally leaderless movement known as the TEA Party — for “Taxed Enough Already” — the relationship between the Republican Party and an angry and voluble faction which some view as little more than the base of the party still is a work in progress.
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Senators to propose abandoning cap-and-trade  —  Three key senators are engaged in a radical behind-the-scenes overhaul of climate legislation, preparing to jettison the broad “cap-and-trade” approach that has defined the legislative debate for close to a decade.
Discussion: Climate Progress
The Politico:
Desiree Rogers will resign  —  White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will leave her post next month, according to a White House source, months after she drew criticism for a major security breach at a state dinner in November.  —  The leading candidate to replace Rogers is Julianna Smoot …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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