This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Charlie Pierce, Boston Globe writer and author of “Idiot America,” calls in at 7:30am to talk about Evan Bayh’s retirement, and other news of the day.

Two-term Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) says ever-shriller partisanship and the frustrations of gridlock made it time for him to leave Congress. Republicans aren’t buying it, saying he and fellow Democrats sense that voters will be after their heads this fall.

The Taliban’s top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces, The New York Times reported. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, described as the No. 2 behind Taliban founder and Osama bin Laden associate Mullah Muhammad Omar, has been in Pakistan’s custody for several days.

President Barack Obama, defending his economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary, is dispatching his Cabinet across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating midterm elections. Obama’s fellow Democrats planned to tout programs putting people back to work under the $787 billion spending bill.

US retail sales opened the year with a bigger-than-expected bounce, official data showed Friday in a report suggesting recovery from recession is gaining momentum. “Consumers opened their wallets a little wider and that is good news for the economy,” said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.

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