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9:40 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.
Washington Post:
Rep. Mark Souder's resignation comes after anonymous tips about affair
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP Crapweasel Club
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rand Paul tapped into ‘anger’  —  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Rand Paul, the first-time candidate for elective office who has emerged as a symbol of the national tea party's clout in Republican politics, appears to have clinched the GOP's nomination for this state's open Senate seat …
Discussion: CNN, Wizbang, Guardian and TPMDC
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Paul romps as Specter, Lincoln await  —  Insurgent Senate candidate Rand Paul claimed the Republican nomination for the seat of retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning Tuesday evening, easily besting establishment favorite Trey Grayson, the sitting secretary of State who won the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
CNN:
Rand Paul hopes to celebrate at local country club  —  Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul has chosen a unique place to hold his election-night event: the spacious rolling hills of the Bowling Green County Club, where he is a member.  —  Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Kentucky Republican …
Discussion: The Swamp
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   In Tea Party Victory, Rand Paul Takes Ky. Senate Primary
Associated Press:
Paul wins GOP Senate nod in Kentucky
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Richard Blumenthal will survive  —  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal just wrapped up his damage control presser, and it seems obvious enough that he'll survive this mess.  Quick reaction:  —  * It was obviously a well-staged event; he was joined on the stage by veterans who were visibly and emotionally pulling for him.
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The Politico:
GOP takes credit for N.Y. Times hit
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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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Leadership by the Wilfully Ignorant
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama administration's official position agrees with AZ immigration-enforcement law
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln forced to cast provisional ballot
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and The Swamp
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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Smitty / The Other McCain:
PA-12: Shoe Leather Update.  Burns Victory? …
Discussion: Big Government and National Review
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Confident Dems Goad GOP By Calling PA-12 A ‘Must-Win’ For Republicans Today
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Breaking: Campbell Brown Leaving CNN After Network Grants Release From Contract (UPDATE)  —  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 and Wonkette
Boston Globe:
Ex-Harvard student accused of living a lie  —  He crafted an elaborate web of lies to con his way into Harvard University, authorities say, but Adam B. Wheeler wasn't content to graduate quietly and get away with just a degree.  —  After two years of blending into campus life and racking …
Discussion: ACS Blog and Gawker
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
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.
New York Times:
Major Powers Have a Deal on Sanctions for Iran, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced an agreement on Tuesday with other major powers, including Russia and China, to impose a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, setting the stage for an intense tug …
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Washington Post:
South Korea: North responsible for torpedo attack on warship
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hit & Run
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
Kentucky, Pennsylvania & Arkansas Primary Results Thread  —  9:13pm: 17 precincts are now in for PA-12, and Critz leads Burns by 59-38.  This is fairly Dem-friendly turf, though.  —  9:10pm: Our latest projection has Conway ultimately winning by something around 4,000 votes.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Night Homethread (5/18/10)
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan questionnaire is nothing new  —  Anyone looking for dramatic new insights about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in her Senate questionnaire filed Tuesday is likely to be disappointed.  —  The filing tracks closely with a similar questionnaire she filed for the solicitor general post last year.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Political Punch
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AZ utility board member responds to LA boycott over SB1070  —  The Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott the state of Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement law, and now the Arizona Corporation Commission has responded.  Gary Pierce, one of the commissioners chosen in state-wide elections …
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dodd tries to gut derivatives bill  —  With Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas fighting for her political life, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) quietly introduced an amendment Tuesday gutting her plan to crack down on derivatives trading.
Discussion: CNN
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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