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2:45 AM ET, May 19, 2010

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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Sestak, Paul score wins as Lincoln faces runoff  —  Upstart Senate candidates claimed two stunning victories in primary elections Tuesday night as Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak denied incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter renomination to a sixth term and Kentucky insurgent Rand Paul easily bested …
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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
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 …
ABCNEWS:
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 …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Note
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.
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.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Blogging the Primaries  —  Primary elections in three states today …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
Kentucky, Pennsylvania & Arkansas Primary Results Thread
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:   Sestak Beats Specter in Pa. Senate Primary, Paul Wins in Kentucky
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rand Paul tapped into ‘anger’
Discussion: TPMDC, CNN and Guardian
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.
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
2010: Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Liberal, or Anti-Democrat?
Smitty / The Other McCain:
PA-12: Shoe Leather Update.  Burns Victory? …
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Dems keep Murtha seat
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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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
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Fix, The Politico and TPMDC
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.
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Fox News:
Exclusive: Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to Resign Amid Allegations …
The Politico:
Souder: ‘I am so shamed’
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 …
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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
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
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Campbell Brown to Leave CNN
Discussion: Romenesko
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Arizona Immigration Law Faces New Legal Fight
Discussion: Politics Daily
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, Gawker and Matthew Yglesias
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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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.
New York Times:
Grim Milestone: 1,000 Americans Dead  —  He was an irreverent teenager with a pregnant girlfriend when the idea first crossed his mind: Join the Army, raise a family.  She had an abortion, but the idea remained.  Patrick S. Fitzgibbon, Saint Paddy to his friends, became Private Fitzgibbon.
 
 
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