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10:45 PM ET, May 8, 2012


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Tom Curry /
The latest political headlines powered by NBC News and  —  NBC News projects Lugar defeated in Indiana primary  —  NBC News has declared Richard Mourdock as the projected winner in the Indiana Senate primary.  Mourdock defeated six-term Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar.
Bill Nichols / Politico:
Lugar loses primary battle  —  Sen. Dick Lugar, the political gold standard in Indiana for nearly 40 years, suffered a once unthinkable primary defeat Tuesday, marking a seismic shift in his state's political culture and sending yet another warning to longtime Senate incumbents.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Richard Lugar loses primary to Tea Party challenger Mourdock  —  Updated 9:55 p.m. Eastern Time  —  (CBS News) Sen. Richard Lugar - the longest-serving senator in Indiana history - has lost his Republican Senate primary on Tuesday to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
In statement, Lugar defends campaign while criticizing partisan environment
Discussion: TBogg
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Analysis: Lugar's grassroots withered
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:   Six-Term Sen. Lugar in Historic Loss
On primary day, Lugar defends his value in Senate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Lugar Loses Primary Challenge in Indiana
Discussion: National Review and
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
White House Tours Do Not Require Fetuses To Be Counted As Full Humans … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, White House Secret Security, White House Tour Unborn Baby, White House Tours, White House Tours Babies, White House Visitors, White House Visitors Office, White House Visitors Unborn Babies, Politics News
Discussion: alicublog and US Politics
Washington Free Beacon:
No Birth Certificate Required  —  The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child—still residing in utero—must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Steven Ertelt /
White House: Abortion OK, But Visitors Must Register Unborn Children
Bob Drummond / Bloomberg:
Private Jobs Increase More With Democrats in White House
Donovan Slack / Politico:
IG agent: W.H. hindered probe
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage  —  Democrats and independents in favor; Republicans opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages — down slightly from 53% last year …
Biden defends Iran stance: ‘We were the problem’
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and ABCNEWS
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Mitt Romney wins North Carolina primary
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Obama donors witholding money over executive order punt
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Cruel irony in Elizabeth Warren's Cherokee saga  —  Throughout her career and political campaign, Elizabeth Warren has found victims everywhere she looked, including when she looked in the mirror and saw an alleged descendant of one of the most historically victimized groups, Native Americans.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
ELIZABETH WARREN ANCESTOR ROUNDED UP CHEROKEES FOR TRAIL OF TEARS  —  For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American.  When recently asked to provide evidence of her ancestry, she pointed to an unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:   Brown calls on Warren to reveal law school records
New York Times:
Suicide Mission Volunteer Was Double Agent, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The would-be suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the suicide mission …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Low student loan interest rates in limbo after Democrats' bill stalls in Senate  —  In a 52-45 vote, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a motion to proceed to legislation that would keep interest rates on federal student loans from doubling.  —  Sixty votes were needed to move to a debate on the legislation …
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Democrats continue to accuse GOP of a ‘war on women’
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Mob on the Quad  —  Late last night, in a shameful example of editorial cowardice, the Chronicle of Higher Education fired Naomi Schaefer Riley.  Naomi is a good friend of mine, a sometimes contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, and a fine writer.  And the story of what happened to her is highly instructive.
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Silencing Dissent About Black Studies
Tim Mak / Politico:
Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship  —  Rep. Michelle Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss.  —  Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss TV report Tuesday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Stinque
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Maurice Sendak, Children's Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83  —  Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children's book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark …
James Carville / CNN:
Wake up Democrats; you could lose  —  Editor's note: James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on “The Situation Room” as well as other programs on all CNN networks.  —  (CNN) — A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana …
Justin Lahart / Real Time Economics:
Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1%  —  One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.  —  The Labor Department's establishment survey …
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: Let's go buy a house!  —  Many thanks to Ben Walsh for putting this chart together for me.  The source is this data at the Census bureau, inspired by page two of the first-quarter 2012 Census bureau report on rental vacancies and homeownership.
Aden Fine / ACLU:
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter Stands Up For One Of Its Users  —  Twitter has filed a motion in state court in New York seeking to quash a court order requiring it to turn over information about one of its users and his communications on Twitter.  This particular case involves a Twitter user …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Awkward!  Republicans Who Opposed Auto Bailout Stumped By Romney Claiming Credit For It  —  As long as Mitt Romney publicly claims credit for the auto industry's recovery, he's going to put his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill in an awkward position.
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Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Student loans are a burden but it's the lack of jobs that hurts America more
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's new hero: Bill Clinton
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Bret Baier Re-Signs with Fox News Channel
Discussion: Media Decoder and Politico
Chippewa Falls Herald:
Man hit by vehicle driven by wife after dispute about Tuesday's primary vote
Discussion: Althouse
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Politicker
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: To the Class of 2012  —  Attention graduates …
Associated Press:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 7 in Ohio  —  Barack Obama continues to have the upper hand …