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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  —  (First blush analysis; updated.)  The words were all sober.  No hint of gloating And yet there was no mistaking the glee in the press release Rob Simmons rushed out Monday night.  —  A New York Times expose had just hit the web.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record
Discussion: Marbury
Linda McMahon / Linda McMahon for Senate:
In Case You Missed It: McMahon Strikes Blumenthal In NYT Article
Discussion: This Just In and The Eye
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Lieberman undecided on whether to back Republican or Dem in Senate race
Discussion: CNN
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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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mark Souder to resign after affair  —  Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R) will resign his seat after an affair with a staffer came to light, he said in a statement this morning.  —  “It is with great regret I announce that I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives as well as resigning …
Sylvia A Smith / The Journal Gazette:
Citing ‘relationship’ with staffer, Souder to resign  —  WASHINGTON — Saying he “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, said Tuesday he will resign from Congress.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and msnbc.com
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Rep. Souder And Mistress Recorded Video Praising Abstinence (WATCH)
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Rep. Souder to resign from House
CNN:
Democrats think Tea Party favorite could hurt GOP chances  —  Rand Paul is the choice of Tea Party activists in Kentucky.  —  Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - A win by Rand Paul in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, a likely prospect according to most polling …
Discussion: The Politico
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The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Wraps Up in Kentucky
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Incumbent Armageddon?: What to watch for
The Politico:
What to watch in Tuesday's primaries
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
No, You Can't Keep Your Health Plan  —  Insurers and doctors are already consolidating their businesses in the wake of ObamaCare's passage.  —  President Obama guaranteed Americans that after health reform became law they could keep their insurance plans and their doctors.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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 …
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
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Suicide Car Bomber Hits U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A man driving a Toyota minivan laden with explosives steered into an American convoy on Tuesday morning, killing 18 people, including 5 American troops, and 12 civilians caught in rush hour traffic in the Afghan capital.
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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.”
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats prepare to pass war funding bill without Republican support  —  House Democrats are preparing to pass an Afghanistan war-spending bill on a party-line vote as Republicans balk at extra provisions the White House wants in the measure.  —  Passing such a spending bill through …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
David Brooks / New York Times:
Children of the '70s  —  Today you can walk around the Upper West Side of Manhattan in such ease and safety that you could get the impression it was always this way.  But it wasn't.  —  On July 5, 1961, a gigantic brawl broke out on 84th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Damien Cave / New York Times:
A Generation Gap Over Immigration  —  MIAMI — Meaghan Patrick, a junior at New College of Florida, a tiny liberal arts college in Sarasota, says discussing immigration with her older relatives is like “hitting your head against a brick wall.”  —  Cathleen McCarthy, a senior at the University of Arizona …
Discussion: protein wisdom and pandagon.net
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 …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
For a solution to the euro crisis, look to the states  —  The Greek budget crisis has made it clear that something must be done to limit fiscal deficits in eurozone countries.  The attempt to do so with the group's Stability and Growth Pact has failed.  Although the pact
Discussion: Economist's View and Clusterstock
 
 
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