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Jason Mattera, a spokesman for Young America's Foundation, got in some zingers at CPAC today. He said the conference is just like Woodstock, except "unlike the left's gathering, our women are beautiful, we speak in complete sentences, and our notion of freedom doesn't consist of snorting cocaine. Which is certainly one thing that separates us from Barack Obama." Rimshot!

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Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) is proud of how he helped stop health care reform from passing.

"If I hadn't been a part of the debate, you would already have universal health care," Enzi said Monday, according to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Enzi was part of the infamous "Gang of Six" senators tasked with putting together a health care compromise that both Democrats and Republicans could vote for. However, no Republicans wound up supporting the final bill, which squeaked by in the Senate with a vote of 60 to 40.

Earlier today, Enzi became the first Republican to accept an invitation to the White House's health care summit.

A Tea Party meeting in Asotin County, WA this weekend featured all the normal facets of the movement we've come to expect -- there were the firebrand speeches and the call to "save our nation." But according to one report, the meeting also had a darker side.

KLEW-TV reports:

"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?," asked one speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."

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Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) told CNN today that he does not plan to become a lobbyist after his term ends this year.

There has been speculation that Bayh, who announced this week that he will not seek re-election, would embark on a lucrative lobbying career.

"I do not. No," he said when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he plans to become a lobbyist. Bayh added he has an "open mind" about his next job, and expects to still be engaged in public service.

Byah also took another chance to rail against the partisanship he says made him want to leave the Senate.

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Tom Ganley, an auto dealer who had been seeking the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio, is expected to switch races and instead run for a House seat, against incumbent Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton. This is a big gain for former Rep. Rob Portman, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, who now has a clear path through the primary.

Ganley had been attempting to mount an anti-establishment, Tea Party-linked campaign against Portman, but polls had consistently shown him failing to catch on. Reports indicate that a Ganley internal poll had shown him running well against Sutton. On paper, though, Sutton's district could be a tough climb for Ganley. It voted 57%-42% for Barack Obama in 2008, and before that it voted 56%-44% for John Kerry in 2004.

However, as CQ points out, Ganley will be able to transfer his $1.3 million cash on hand from the Senate race (much of it self-financed) over to the House race. By comparison, Sutton had only $210,000 cash on hand as of December 31.

We're a bit late to this one, but local muck this rich only comes along so often: A city councilman from the Bronx who was slapped with a 13-count corruption indictment this month is alleged to have sought $177 reimbursement for a soda and bagel sandwich he bought for $7 outside city hall in New York.

The bagel sandwich enters the picture in the allegations against Councilman Larry Seabrook as part of his alleged scheme to launder bribe money associated with a 2006 boiler contract at the new Yankee Stadium.

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House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) still want transparency. But forget about that invitation to a televised bipartisan health care summit that Republicans shied away from after months of calling for more transparency and a seat at the table. The real issue, it would seem, is now more transparency on jobs.

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February 17, 2010: NASA releases the first images from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). WISE's primary mission is to survey the entire sky in infrared, though it's also tasked with tracking asteroids, comets, and other objects.

Here, a star-forming cloud is shown teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars. The inset was taken in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and reveals the cloud's center, a cluster of stars called NGC 3603.


WISE captures light seen by the longest-wavelength infrared detectors, highlighting the dust on the Andromeda galaxy's spiral arms.


The Comet Sliding Spring, first discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia, streaks across the sky.


The shortest-wavelength camera on WISE highlights the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue.


The galaxy cluster Fornax, which is located 60 million light-years from Earth.


WISE captures the Andromeda Galaxy using all four of its infrared detectors. The mosaic covers an area equivalent to more than 100 full moons, or five degrees across the sky.


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has added his name to a letter from a group of progressive Senators, calling for the public option to be included in the health care bill through the reconciliation process.

"At a time when there is deep skepticism and mistrust of the private insurance industry, when just last month a major health insurer in California announced it would raise its premiums by a whopping 39 percent in one fell swoop, the American people have made it clear that they want the option to buy their insurance through a Medicare-type, government-run public insurance plan," Sanders said in a press release.

Eight other Senators have signed the letter so far. Its original signatories Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), released the letter yesterday. Four others -- Al Franken (D-MN), John Kerry (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) -- signed on earlier today.