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12:10 PM ET, May 9, 2012


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Lugar's Demise and the Constitutional Crisis  —  The defeat of Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican Senate primary is the kind of event that would have been shocking just a half-dozen years ago, and has since grown routine.  Incumbent senators used to have almost no fear that they might …
Tom Curry /
Six-term Senate veteran Lugar defeated in Indiana primary  —  Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, first elected to the Senate in 1976, was defeated in the Indiana primary Tuesday by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was backed by conservatives ranging …
Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:
Mourdock says he hasn't decided on backing McConnell as leader  —  The morning after crushing Sen. Dick Lugar in a Republican primary, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock said he hasn't decided whether to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
In statement, Lugar defends campaign while criticizing partisan environment  —  (CNN) - Six-term Sen. Richard Lugar, who CNN projected would lose his bid for the GOP Senate nomination in Indiana, issued the following statement shortly after his concession speech Tuesday night:
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Man in the News |  Richard Mourdock: Richard Mourdock's Many Pursuits Don't Include Bipartisanship  —  The man who deposed the Republican foreign policy conscience of the Senate is a 60-year-old homebody, a former geologist who loves riding motorcycles, running marathons and thumbing through history books in bed.
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP senators wonder: Am I next?  —  There's a new rule in American politics: Republican senators and Senate hopefuls who are too close to Washington and show streaks of moderation are toast — or most certainly poised for a grilling of their lifetime.  —  Call it the Mike Castle rule.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Richard Mourdock dismisses Dick Lugar attack
Discussion: Swampland
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No-Drama Election Night
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
What Lugar's loss could mean for a Pres. Romney
The Caucus:
Gay Marriage Issue Looming, Obama Sits for an Interview  —  President Obama, who is under mounting pressure to clarify his thinking on same-sex marriage after top aides publicly embraced it in recent days, will sit down for an interview with ABC News on Wednesday during which he is likely …
Bill Dedman /
Conservative author Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations  —  On the dust jacket of his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.”
National Review:   Jonah Goldberg  —  Jonah Goldberg was the founding editor …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Obama Loses West Virginia Delegates To Prison Inmate  —  The vote highlights the President's unpopularity in the Appalachian heartland.  In 2008, white voters there cited race as a factor.  —  Federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49, at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas in March 15, 2008.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Tom Barrett wins Wisconsin recall primary  —  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic primary in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election Tuesday, dealing a blow to organized labor and setting up the June 5 race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  —  Barrett defeated former Dane …
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Barrett wins Democratic primary, to face Walker in June
Robert Willett / Raleigh News & Observer:
N.C. to add marriage amendment to its constitution  —  Mary Frances Forrester, right, the wife of the late N.C. State Senator James Forrester, embraces Tami Fitzgerald from Vote For Marriage NC as they celebrate the passage of Amendment One during an election night party at the N. Raleigh Hilton on Tuesday May 8, 2012.
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
North Carolina's Amendment One: Where Do I Begin?
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.
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
Michele Bachmann Now A Citizen Of Switzerland
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
John Miller / CBS News:
CIA sacrifices valuable intelligence source to foil underwear bomb plot  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) NEW YORK - It's a stunning revelation in the foiled plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner: The triggerman chosen by al Qaeda was actually a double agent who was working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence services.
Discussion: The Reaction and
New York Times:
Suicide Mission Volunteer Was Double Agent, Officials Say
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 …
Nigel Bunyan / Telegraph:
Rochdale grooming trial: Police accused of failing to investigate paedophile gang for fear of appearing racist  —  Police and social workers were last night accused of failing to investigate an Asian paedophile gang for fear of being perceived as racist, allowing them to prey on up to 50 young white girls.
Florida nabs white supremacists planning “race war”  —  ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a “race war” have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Paul Krugman:
Occupational Hazards  —  More on the structural unemployment thing.
Saul Elbein / New York Times:
An Old Texas Tale Retold: the Farmer vs. the Oil Company
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Wall Street Journal:
The Cravenness of Higher Education
Discussion: Althouse
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama aide to take stand in Edwards trial
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tony Perkins Claims His Children Are Not Gay Because ‘We Are Teaching Them The Right Ways’
New York Times:
German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin
Discussion: Mother Jones and French Politics
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of ‘Earned Success’
Discussion: Instapundit
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: Let's go buy a house!