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10:55 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.
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
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Sestak, Paul score wins as Lincoln waits  —  Upstart Senate candidates claimed two stunning victories in primary elections Tuesday night as Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak denied incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter renomination to a sixth term and Kentucky insurgent Rand Paul easily bested establishment …
Associated Press:
Paul wins Ky. Sen. primary in test of tea party  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a closely watched race that was a test of the tea party movement's strength.  —  Paul, the son of former …
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, TPMDC and Guardian
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Tea Party Victory, Rand Paul Takes Ky. Senate Primary  —  WASHINGTON — Rand Paul, one of the early leaders of the Tea Party movement, won the Republican nomination for Senate from Kentucky Tuesday night, delivering a powerful blow to the party's establishment and offering the clearest evidence yet …
Tea Party Supporter Rand Paul Defeats GOP Favorite in Kentucky
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Rand Paul hopes to celebrate at local country club
Discussion: The Swamp
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Uh oh: Media not rallying to Blumenthal's side after press conference  —  A bit of candy to chew on while we await Benedict Arlen's fate.  I think Blumenthal went out there today figuring that a confrontational, rather than contrite, posture — let no one impugn my service! — was the fastest way to the lefty base's hearts.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
VFW leader rips Blumenthal  —  The commander of Connecticut's Veterans of Foreign Wars organization blasted Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal Tuesday, referring to his prior statements of service in Vietnam as “outrageous.”  —  “Mr. Blumenthal was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in Connecticut.
Discussion: RedState
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Richard Blumenthal will survive
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Shays Watched as Blumenthal's War Claims Evolved
The Politico:
GOP takes credit for N.Y. Times hit
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
Blumenthal: ‘I Have Misspoken About My Service’
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Blumenthal: I misspoke ‘on occasion’
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Law Blog
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
PA-12 LIVE Election Results; UPDATE: Democrat Wins; Burns Concedes  —  Election results online here.  —  10:30 p.m. ET: With 74% of precincts reporting district-wide, it's Critz 54%, Burns 43% and, looking at county-by-county results, I don't see where Burns can make up the difference.  —  Critz wins.
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
Kentucky, Pennsylvania & Arkansas Primary Results Thread  —  9:43pm: We're just chewin' 'em up and spitting 'em out, huh?  Let's move this conversation over here.  —  9:34pm: So our model is still liking Conway, to the tune of 7,700 votes.  Serious squeaker, though.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Night Homethread (5/18/10)
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
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Leadership by the Wilfully Ignorant
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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
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 …
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
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 Deal on Sanctions for Iran  —  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 of war …
Washington Post:
South Korea: North responsible for torpedo attack on warship
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Open primary bill wins Senate approval  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A plan to return the state to an “open primary” system for congressional elections is one step from final legislative passage, after getting approval from the state Senate.  —  An open primary would allow all candidates …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Crotchety Progressive Rant  —  I am outraged by this, because this is outrageous.  —  And yet, where are the street protests in response to this outrage?  No, not those protests—we need bigger ones.  There should be hundreds of thousands of people out there protesting this.  Every day.
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