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6:45 AM ET, May 19, 2010


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New York Times:
Specter Defeat Signals a Wave Against Incumbents  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who left the Republican Party a year ago in hopes of salvaging a 30-year career, was rejected on Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with Representative Joe Sestak winning the party's nomination …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arlen Specter warns of tea party ‘take over’  —  As voters considered his fate throughout Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter warned on Tuesday that without him Democrats may not be able to fend off a tea party “takeover.”  —  “What you see happening across the country is that the tea party organization …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Is Rand Ron's Son?  Or The Most Powerful Republican In The Woooorld?  —  Rand Paul is in the spotlight tonight.  He's enjoying Scott Brown-like status as the Most Powerful Republican In The World.  And look: he says he represents the Tea Party movement.  So that must be the end of it, right?
Discussion: Hot Air
NBC Philadelphia:
Sestak Knocks Out Specter  —  Specter concedes race  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has knocked off five-term U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary.
Tea Party Supporter Rand Paul Defeats GOP Favorite in Kentucky  —  Incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln Couldn't Secure Enough Votes to Avoid Runoff Against Labor-Backed Candidate  —  In a symbol of the growing anti-Washington sentiment across the country, Rep. Joe Sestak defeated five-term senator Arlen Specter …
Associated Press:
Specter rejected by Pa. Dems in bid for 6th term  —  U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been defeated in a Pennsylvania primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.  —  Voters today picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party's nominee and rejected …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Night Homethread (5/18/10)  —  9:45 PM [Nate].  Sestak officially takes the lead.  And 2/3 of Philly has been counted.  How can Specter win?  He probably can't.  —  9:44 PM [Nate].  The Democrat Critz leads big — 58 to 39 — in PA-12 special election so far.  —  9:40 PM.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Blogging the Primaries  —  Primary elections in three states today could offer some insights on the health of both political parties, a read on the Tea Party movement, the future of two well-known incumbent senators and what might happen this November.  —  Polls in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky are beginning to close.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
After 30 Years and Party Switch, Career Curtain for Specter
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:   Sestak Beats Specter in Pa. Senate Primary, Paul Wins in Kentucky
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
Kentucky, Pennsylvania & Arkansas Primary Results Thread
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rand Paul tapped into ‘anger’
Discussion: Guardian, TPMDC and CNN
Rand Paul hopes to celebrate at local country club
Discussion: The Swamp
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
PA-12 LIVE Election Results; UPDATE: Democrat Wins; Burns Concedes  —  Election results online here.  —  11:30 p.m. ET: Well, everybody else has gone to drown their sorrows, but I've still got to hit a late deadline for The American Spectator.  A defeat is always harder to report than a victory.
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Dems keep Murtha seat  —  Democrats held on to former Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) in a special election Tuesday.  —  Mark Critz (D), a former aide to Murtha, won the race to replace his late boss, defeating businessman Tim Burns (R) 54 percent to 44 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting.
Discussion: The Politico
Smitty / The Other McCain:
PA-12: Shoe Leather Update.  Burns Victory? …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
2010: Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Liberal, or Anti-Democrat?
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Confident Dems Goad GOP By Calling PA-12 A ‘Must-Win’ For Republicans Today
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.
Discussion: Slate, and New York Times
James Hohmann / The Politico:
VFW leader rips Blumenthal
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and RedState
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Shays Watched as Blumenthal's War Claims Evolved
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Richard Blumenthal will survive
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln and Halter head to runoff in Arkansas  —  Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) forced Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) into a June 8 runoff after both failed to win a majority of the vote in Tuesday's Senate primary.  —  Lincoln led Halter 44 to 42 percent with more than half the state's precincts reporting.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 …
Associated Press:
Lincoln, Halter Go to Overtime in Arkansas Senate Race
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: Wonkette
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Campbell Brown to Leave CNN
Discussion: Romenesko
Conspiracy of Banks Rigging States Came With Crash  —  A telephone call between a financial adviser in Beverly Hills and a trader in New York was all it took to fleece taxpayers on a water-and-sewer financing deal in West Virginia.  The secret conversation was part of a conspiracy stretching across …
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.
New York Times:
Thesis Is Window on Roots of Kagan's Legal Creed  —  WASHINGTON — As a young graduate student, Elena Kagan wrote that it was “not necessarily wrong or invalid” for judges to “try to mold and steer the law” to achieve social ends, but warned that such rulings must be rooted in legal principles to be accepted by society and endure.
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan questionnaire is nothing new
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Political Punch
Washington Post:
Rep. Mark Souder's resignation comes after anonymous tips about affair  —  Indiana congressman Mark Souder's resignation, announced Tuesday, came after anonymous tipsters called his aides and his opponents in a Republican primary to say he was having an extramarital affair with a part-time staffer …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Rep. Souder And Mistress Recorded Video Praising Abstinence (WATCH)
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:
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 …
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