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6:40 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.
Michelle Malkin:   The GOP Crapweasel Club
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
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Blumenthal: I misspoke ‘on occasion’
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
‘I Have Misspoken About My Service’: Blumenthal Joins Long Line …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama administration's official position agrees with AZ immigration-enforcement law
Discussion: Moe Lane
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Leadership by the Wilfully Ignorant
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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
Reuters:
W.H. speeds up health care benefits
Discussion: New York Times
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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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Gingrich Says Religious Leaders Who Supported Health Care Reform Are Socialists
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gingrich Publishes Book Arguing Obama Poses Hitler-Like Threat
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 …
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Philly.com:
Primary election: More than rain has dampened mood
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
Grim Milestone: 1,000 Americans Dead  —  He was an irreverent teenager with a pregnant girlfriend when the idea first crossed his mind: Join the Army, raise a family.  She had an abortion, but the idea remained.  Patrick S. Fitzgibbon, Saint Paddy to his friends, became Private Fitzgibbon.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and News Desk
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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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
2010: Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Liberal, or Anti-Democrat?  —  Almost all election analysts now agree that 2010 will not be a good year for Democrats.  The latest RCP Averages for the major Senate races show Republicans picking up 7 Senate seats (down from 8 one month ago).
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Confident Dems Goad GOP By Calling PA-12 A ‘Must-Win’ For Republicans Today
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 …
Washington Post:
South Korea: North responsible for torpedo attack on warship  —  South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world's most perilous regions, U.S. and East Asian officials said.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hit & Run
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 …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Breaking: Campbell Brown Leaving CNN After Network Grants Release From Contract  —  Mediaite has learned CNN has granted anchor Campbell Brown's request to be let out early from her contract.  —  She has agreed to stay on and anchor the 8pmET hour until a replacement is found.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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.”
Peter Allen / Telegraph:
France has first ‘burka rage’ incident  —  A 60-year-old lawyer ripped a Muslim woman's Islamic veil off in a row in a clothing shop in what police say is France's first case of “burka rage”.  —  The astonishing scene unfolded during a weekend shopping trip after the woman lawyer took offence …
 
 
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