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10:15 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Blumenthal's Words Differ From His History  —  At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.  —  Multimedia  —  Enlarge This Image
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Blumenthal Responds To Vietnam Allegations  —  Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal is denying a New York Times report that he routinely lied about his service in Vietnam.  —  “The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthal's record of service,” …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Democratic Senate candidate lied about serving in Vietnam; Update: Blumenthal responds, sort of  —  Not just any Democratic Senate candidate, either.  It's Richard Blumenthal, current attorney general of Connecticut, whom Chris Dodd made way for by retiring earlier this year.
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Simmons Stands To Gain Most From Blumenthal Expose  —  (First blush analysis; updated.)  The words were all sober.  No hint of gloating And yet there was no mistaking the glee in the press release Rob Simmons rushed out Monday night.  —  A New York Times expose had just hit the web.
The Politico:
GOP takes credit for N.Y. Times hit  —  Pulling back the curtain on journalistic sausage-making usually hidden from voters, a Republican Senate candidate is taking credit for the front-page New York Times story accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of “plainly untrue” remarks about Vietnam service.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record  —  As a Connecticut native, let me emphasize what a shock it is that, per this bombshell New York Times story, longtime Attorney General Richard Blumenthal—the presumed Democratic Senate nominee and presumed successor to Chris Dodd …
Discussion: Marbury
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Lieberman undecided on whether to back Republican or Dem in Senate race
Discussion: CNN
Linda McMahon / Linda McMahon for Senate:
In Case You Missed It: McMahon Strikes Blumenthal In NYT Article
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Vietnam allegations threaten frontrunning Blumenthal in CT-Senate
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Fox News:
Exclusive: Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to Resign Amid Allegations of Affair With Staffer  —  Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female staffer who worked in his district office, Fox News has learned.
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The Politico:
Souder to resign over affair with aide  —  Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), a former congressional staffer who was elected to the House in the Republican revolution of 1994, has told colleagues he will resign Tuesday because of an affair with a female aide, a House GOP official told POLITICO.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mark Souder to resign
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats prepare to pass war funding bill without Republican support  —  House Democrats are preparing to pass an Afghanistan war-spending bill on a party-line vote as Republicans balk at extra provisions the White House wants in the measure.  —  Passing such a spending bill through …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Incumbent Armageddon?: What to watch for
The Politico:
What to watch in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: Washington Post, The Caucus and CNN
Benjamin Joffe-Walt / Jerusalem Post:
Saudi woman beats up virtue cop  —  Incident follows a wave of challenges to religious authorities.  —  Talkbacks (16)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
No, You Can't Keep Your Health Plan  —  Insurers and doctors are already consolidating their businesses in the wake of ObamaCare's passage.  —  President Obama guaranteed Americans that after health reform became law they could keep their insurance plans and their doctors.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Todd Ackerman / Houston Chronicle:
Texas doctors fleeing Medicare in droves  —  Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.  —  Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Suicide Car Bomber Hits U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A man driving a Toyota minivan laden with explosives steered into an American convoy on Tuesday morning, killing 18 people, including 5 American troops, and 12 civilians caught in rush hour traffic in the Afghan capital.
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Chip Reid / CBS News:
Press Freedom, Sure.  But No Questions.  —  There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.  —  The new law expands the State Department's annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Danny Tarkanian: Sue Lowden breaking campaign law by accepting donated RV  —  Sue Lowden, a leading contender to be the Republican nominee in the race to unseat Sen. Harry Reid, is being accused by a chief competitor of breaking campaign finance law for accepting a luxury campaign bus as a campaign contribution.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   First They Came for the Chickens  —  It sounds like our pal Sue Lowden …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
La Société, C'est Moi  —  Here's Justice Stevens' concurrence in Graham v. Florida, a decision holding that the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause bars states from sentencing under-18-year-old criminals to life imprisonment without parole, except for homicide:
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Fox News:
Rev. Wright: ‘Obama Threw Me Under the Bus’  —  NEW YORK — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is “toxic” to the Obama administration and that the president “threw me under the bus.”
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Muslims in NYC Planning to Build Second, Smaller Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  As controversy surrounds the construction of a 13-story mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, FOX News has learned that an effort to place a second mosque close to the hallowed site in New York City is in its advanced stages.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Is it time to blow up the leaking Gulf oil well?  BP doing its best to keep that option under wraps  —  Shepard Smith had a fascinating segment on the catastrophic Gulf oil spill today, featuring an interview with a former nuclear-sub captain who argued persuasively that it was time …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Fans asked to remove pro-Arizona immigration law shirts during NBA game  —  Two fans at a Phoenix Suns basketball game were ejected from their first row seats and removed from the arena last week after refusing orders from security guards to take off their shirts in support of Arizona's recently passed law against illegal immigration.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Obama Needs to ‘Nationalize’ Oil Industry!  —  Last week an agitated Chris Matthews tried to hold Dick Cheney accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and this week Matthews is demanding action from President Obama, as the Hardball host pushed the President to nationalize the oil industry to solve the problem.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Moonbattery
 
 
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