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2:40 PM ET, May 18, 2010

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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.
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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.
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?
Sylvia A Smith / The Journal Gazette:
Citing ‘relationship’ with staffer, Souder to resign
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mark Souder to resign after affair
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ANOTHER ‘FAMILY-VALUES’ REPUBLICAN RESIGNS AFTER SEX SCANDAL. …
Discussion: 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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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,” …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Blumenthal Story  —  For quite a long time now people have been urging Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to run for hire office, but he always seemed reluctant to go for the prize until this year Chris Dodd's troubles forced him out of the Connecticut Senate race and Blumenthal in.
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
Kevin / Daily Ructions:
McMahon Strikes. Turns Blumenthal into Bruce Caputo.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Dems still back Blumenthal
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:   Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record
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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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Weiner targets Beck and gold retailer
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.
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
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats prepare to pass war funding bill without Republican support
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.
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
The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Wraps Up in Kentucky  —  BOWLING GREEN — Now it's up to you, Kentucky GOP voters: Rand Paul just wrapped up the last public event of his insurgent campaign for the Senate in his hometown of Bowling Green with a full-throated endorsement of the Tea Party.
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CNN:
Democrats think Tea Party favorite could hurt GOP chances
Discussion: The Politico
Heather Ratcliffe / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ballwin resident gets jail sentence over yard art  —  BALLWIN — A retired art teacher in Ballwin was sentenced to 20 days in jail Monday after he refused to make changes to art pieces in his front yard that the court and city officials have deemed dangerous.
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 …
 
 
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