Stories You Should Know (2/9/10)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha (D), a Vietnam veteran and
the longest serving Congressman from Pennsylvania, died yesterday at 77 years old.

Wall Street Journal (USA)
This weekend, Americans were treated to something new: Barack Obama defending his war policies by suggesting they merely continue his predecessor’s practices. The defense is illuminating, not least for its implicit recognition that George W. Bush has more credibility on fighting terrorists than does the sitting president.

Fox Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Former Republican Senator Dan Coats appears to be lagging behind other potential candidates when it comes to qualifying for the May primary.

ABC News (USA)
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., had blocked more than 80 presidential nominations now before the Senate, but tonight he relented, saying he had simply been trying “to get the White House’s attention” on two important national security issues related to his state.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Still bruised by his presidential run and struggling to find his footing in the fractured Republican Party,
Senator John McCain remains a formidable force in his home state. Most political analysts suggest that Mr. Hayworth begins as the underdog, and Mr. McCain’s supporters say they are confident. But McCain is turning to the right in the face of the primary attack.

Fox News (USA)
U.S. Rep. John Boozman decision to make a go for Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s seat makes him the ninth Republican named as a potential challenger, but a recent survey shows the congressman isn’t fighting for elbow room.

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