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4:40 PM ET, May 18, 2010

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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Rep. Souder And Mistress Recorded Video Praising Abstinence (WATCH)  —  Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) had an affair with a part-time staffer named Tracy Jackson, Fox is reporting.  Jackson played the role of interviewer for a Souder Web video show on the issues of the day — including one on the value of abstinence.
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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.
The Politico:
Souder: ‘I am so shamed’  —  Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) is resigning from Congress after telling colleagues he had an affair with a female aide.  —  “I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” Souder said in a statement Tuesday.
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Family Values GOP Rep To Resign Over Affair (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), a champion of abstinence education and traditional family values, will resign effective Friday after an affair with a female staffer in his district office, he announced today.  —  He said in a statement that he …
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP Crapweasel Club  —  Yep, it's time again for my upside-down elephant again.  Just when CT Democrat Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam fables should be front and center political news, here's a creepy Republican to steal the ignominious spotlight: … Ick.
David Weigel / Right Now:
What does Mark Souder's resignation mean for abstinence education?
Washington Post:
Rep. Mark Souder's resignation comes after anonymous tips about affair
Discussion: Right Now and TPMMuckraker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ANOTHER ‘FAMILY-VALUES’ REPUBLICAN RESIGNS AFTER SEX SCANDAL. …
Discussion: Right Now and The Impolitic
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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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.
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,” …
New York Times:
Blumenthal Calls Military Claim ‘Misplaced Words’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Blumenthal Story  —  For quite a long time now people …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Mediaite and Ballot Box
CNN:
TRENDING: Blumenthal says he has ‘misspoken’
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin / Daily Ructions:
McMahon Strikes. Turns Blumenthal into Bruce Caputo.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dodd Defends Blumenthal, Calls Vietnam Row A ‘Bump’
Marie Leech / The Birmingham:
Jefferson County geometry teacher uses wrong example to teach angles —  assassination of President Barack Obama  —  and Carol Robinson —  The Birmingham News  —  A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Memo from 2002 could complicate challenge of Arizona immigration law  —  In the legal battle over Arizona's new immigration law, an ironic subtext has emerged: whether a Bush-era legal opinion complicates a potential Obama administration lawsuit against Arizona.
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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.”
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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 …
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Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
No, You Can't Keep Your Health Plan
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gingrich forecasts Obama loss  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gives President Barack Obama only a 20 percent chance of being reelected — and says he might be the one to give Obama the boot.  —  Gingrich, who this week published a book called “To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular …
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gingrich Publishes Book Arguing Obama Poses Hitler-Like Threat
Discussion: The Politico
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   How Monica Lewinsky Saved Social Security: Clinton, Gingrich, Bowles and “The Pact”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
EpicFail: Blanche Lincoln Turned Away From Home Polling Place This Morning  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln suffered what might be one of the all-time greatest campaign staff fails this morning.  According to her campaign staff, Lincoln was initially turned away when she tried to vote at her home …
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Oil enters the Loop Current and is headed to the Florida Keys  —  Satellite imagery today from NASA's MODIS instrument confirms that a substantial tongue of oil has moved southeast from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and entered the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current.
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Palm Beach Post:
Tar balls wash up at Key West beaches; surveys continue today
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Major Powers Have a Deal on Sanctions for Iran, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Tuesday morning that it has struck a deal with other major powers, including Russia and China, to impose new sanctions on Iran, a sharp repudiation of the deal Tehran offered …
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Video: Obama: Daniel Pearl, Captured & Beheaded By Jihadists, Also “Captured The World's Imagination”  —  Just like the pair of amazing NASA rovers on Mars, the Yukon Gold Rush, and quirky British skier Eddie the Eagle, the barbaric videotaped slaughter of Daniel Pearl was one of those …
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The Politico:
What to watch in Tuesday's primaries  —  Just four states go to the polls Tuesday, but together they cast a long shadow.  —  It's the biggest single-day primary so far in 2010, and the outcomes in a handful of key races will provide the clearest indication yet of the depth and intensity …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama slams ‘just-say-no crowd’  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Election?  What election?  —  On Tuesday President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One, flew over Pennsylvania, where voters are deciding on the political future of his ally Sen. Arlen Specter - and landed in Ohio.
Discussion: CNN
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:
Questioning Sexual Orientation Is Out of Bounds  —  Solicitor General Elena Kagan's sexual orientation is the subject of much discussion in blogs and mainstream newspapers.  The White House response denied Ms. Kagan is a lesbian.  Instead, shouldn't the White House have denounced the speculation …
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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