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11:40 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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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: Ben Smith's Blog and 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 …
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.
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ANOTHER ‘FAMILY-VALUES’ REPUBLICAN RESIGNS AFTER SEX SCANDAL. …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Rep. Souder to resign from House
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 …
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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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 Bomber Hits U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A man driving a Toyota minivan crammed with explosives steered into an American convoy Tuesday morning here, killing 18 people, including five American soldiers and one from Canada.  At least 47 people were wounded …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Bomb attack on NATO convoy kills 18 in Kabul
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
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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.
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.
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
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
 
 
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