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1:25 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
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
FOX Exclusive: Rep. Mark Souder to Resign Amid Affair with Staffer
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mark Souder to resign after affair
Discussion: Liveshots, Newsweek Blogs and Mediaite
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.
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
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Dems still back Blumenthal
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record
Discussion: Marbury
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Simmons attacks Blumenthal — and McMahon
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Richard Blumenthal video: ‘I did not serve in Vietnam’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Blumenthal Story  —  For quite a long time now people …
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Lieberman undecided on whether to back Republican or Dem in Senate race
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mother Jones
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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.”
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.
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
Benjamin Joffe-Walt / Jerusalem Post:
Saudi woman beats up virtue cop  —  Incident follows a wave of challenges to religious authorities.  —  Talkbacks (16)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
 
 
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