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44: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Mark Souder Resigns on Top Aide's Wedding Day

In an extreme case of bad timing, Souder's revelation Tuesday that he had been carrying on an extramarital affair with a part-time staffer on his payroll came as his chief of staff, Renee Howell, was in the throes of last-minute wedding preparations.

By Mary Ann Akers  | May 21, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Blumenthal's words on Vietnam spur more debate

The debate over Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's military record raged on Thursday, with Democrats rallying around their Senate candidate even as another questionable incident emerged from his past.

By Ben Pershing  | May 20, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rand Paul, back in the day: 'Crazy in a good way'

To grasp just how rapid has been the rise of Rand Paul, it's worth thinking back to less than 2 1/2 years ago, when the Kentucky opthalmologist was, along with his other siblings, campaigning for his father, Ron Paul, in his long-shot but high-energy presidential bid.

By Alec MacGillis  | May 19, 2010; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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GOP postmortem begins on Pa.'s 12th

"The message for us as Republicans in the House is that we cannot get ahead of ourselves," said House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.). "Many people want to predict how many seats we take back in November. I do think we will reclaim the majority, but last night is evidence of the fact that we have a lot of work to do and we can't get ahead of ourselves.

By Multiplatform Editor  | May 19, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Pennsylvania special election, mark critz, pa-12, tim burns  
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Can Rand Paul defeat Jack Conway?

Can Rand Paul win the general election? Paul easily won in a Republican primary in which voters were both very conservative and anti-establishment. Now he will enter a general election against an experienced opponent, state Attorney General Jack Conway, who won a close primary Tuesday and will be helped by national Democrats who view Paul as a potentially weak candidate.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 19, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Elena Kagan confirmation hearings to begin June 28

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee, Elena Kagan, will begin Monday, June 28. The Associated Press reports that "the schedule should allow the hearings to be completed before senators go home for a weeklong break in early July," and then be able to vote before they adjourn for August recess.

By Emily Kotecki  | May 19, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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West Wing Briefing: What will Gibbs and Co. say about Sestak's victory?

By Michael D. Shear On Monday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs deflected questions about...

By Michael D. Shear  | May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Lincoln the 'Comeback Kid?' Halter camp charges hypocrisy

By Peter Slevin LITTLE ROCK -- Sen. Blanche Lincoln did not come close to winning...

By Peter Slevin  | May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sestak's victory resembles Hillary Clinton's win in Pa. primary

By Paul Kane PHILADELPHIA -- The Clinton model topped the Rendell model. Rep. Joe Sestak...

By Paul Kane  | May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rand Paul's primary win in Kentucky leaves his father beaming

The victory seemed to make plain that the Paul family is now in the center of Republican politics. Rand Paul appears on Fox News so much, Grayson complained that the network had effectively endorsed his opponent, and his campaign won the support of key GOP figures such as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terror cases has WH considering citizenship process, official says

Warning that would-be terrorists are "hiding within our midst," White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Tuesday night that President Obama will not allow potential attackers to use U.S. citizenship as a shield - and that the naturalization process is being looked at to see if there can be improvements.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 18, 2010; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rand Paul: 'We've come to take our government back'

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Rand Paul delivered a fiery speech here Tuesday to celebrate his easy victory in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R).

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 18, 2010; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Kagan's court questionnaire now online

Elena Kagan's answers to the Senate Judiciary committee's questionnaire are now online. Read all 202 pages here.

By Rachel Weiner  | May 18, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rep. Mark Souder resignation statement

Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) issued the following resignation statement Tuesday:

By A Post editor  | May 18, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Oregon primary results: What to watch for

Polls close in Oregon at 11 p.m. ET, so look for results shortly after.

By 44 Editor  | May 18, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Arkansas senate primary: The union effort to elect Bill Halter

Willie Holmes moved to Arkansas last year to push Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) on the union membership bill known as card check. He lost, but stayed to sway her vote on health care reform. That did not go his way, either, but Holmes is still here. On Tuesday, he sat with four colleagues in the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 155 union hall and waited for the votes to roll in. He was hoping that, this time, Lincoln herself would fall.

By Peter Slevin  | May 18, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Pennsylvania special election results

The polls in Pennsylvania close at 8 p.m. ET, so expect results to start rolling in after 9 p.m.

By 44 Editor  | May 18, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pennsylvania Senate race: Specter's memorably odd course in politics

The path to victory for Pennsylvania Democrats has generally come down to one of two options: the Clinton model versus the Rendell model.

By Paul Kane  | May 18, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Arkansas election results: Poll closings and news updates

Polls close in Arkansas at 8:30 p.m. ET, so look for results to start coming in around 9 p.m.

By 44 Editor  | May 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kentucky election results: Poll closings, updates

Kentucky spans two time zones, so some polls in Kentucky close at 6 p.m. ET, while the rest close at 7 p.m. ET. Expect some results to start rolling in around 7 p.m.. In the meantime, check out our coverage of the Kentucky Senate GOP primary race between frontrunners Trey Grayson and Rand Paul here.

By 44 Editor  | May 18, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pennsylvania Senate primary results

The polls in Pennsylvania close at 8 p.m. ET, so expect results to start rolling in after 9 p.m..

By 44 Editor  | May 18, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pa. House race was a referendum on legacy of Murtha

Voters here will vote simultaneously for their temporary congressman, and for the party nominees who will face off in November. Chances are the same two men, Democrat Mark Critz and Republican Tim Burns, will again clash in November. But maybe not.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | May 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Kentucky primary: Democrats hoping for a Paul victory

Rand Paul, the U.S. Senate candidate favored to win the Republican primary here, is offering a series of conservative positions that is one of the most detailed articulations yet of how Tea Party principles would translate into governing.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 18, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Obama to create commission to investigate gulf oil spill

President Obama will establish an independent commission to investigate the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an administration official.

By Washington Post Editor  | May 17, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Obama's financial forms reveal Bo's pricetag

President Obama's 2009 financial disclosure forms offer little about the president's financial situation that we didn't already learn from his 2009 tax returns, released several weeks ago.

By Post Editor  | May 17, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Kagan deputy takes over

Elena Kagan told the Supreme Court Monday that Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal will serve as acting solicitor general "in all filings after the date of my nomination involving the United States Government."

By Robert Barnes  | May 17, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kagan theses to be available online

Responding to a Friday request from The Washington Post, the White House announced Monday it would make Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's Princeton senior thesis available for online publication. Her Oxford graduate thesis would also be made available for online posting, a White House official said, as "a demonstration of our commitment to transparency."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | May 17, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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In Pa., Burns backers unite in their dissatisfaction with Washington

It's a May special election to fill a vacant House seat, but it's hardly been a sleepy affair. Groups have been lavishing money and attention on the race to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D), a contest that will be watched closely for what it might say about the November midterms.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | May 17, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Specter's final pitch to Pa. voters: 'Experience and seniority'

It was the dog days of August when Rep. Joe Sestak announced his bid against incumbent Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who had the backing of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), the state party organization and almost every key labor union. Many national party leaders believed the backing of such prominent figures would overcome doubts about the more than 28 years Specter spent as a Republican representing Pennsylvania in the Senate. But those party leaders at the so-called "grass tops" have not exactly nailed down support for Specter at the true grass-roots level.

By Paul Kane  | May 17, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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In Ky., confident Paul foresees 'a tea party tidal wave coming'

The establishment candidates for the U.S. Senate could lose on both the Democratic and Republican side Tuesday in primaries to replace retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), an outcome that would further illustrate the appeal of running as an outsider in the 2010 election cycle.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 17, 2010; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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In Ark., Halter says a runoff against Lincoln would still be a 'victory'

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, aiming to upend Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Tuesday's Democratic primary, said he is aiming for a "clean victory" but would be happy to make it into a runoff.

By Peter Slevin  | May 17, 2010; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Senate Republicans test out new Kagan attacks

While Senate Republicans freely admit that they are unlikely to derail Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court -- Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that a filibuster probably isn't going to happen -- that hasn't stopped them from adopting a throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks campaign on the talk show circuit.

By Matt DeLong  | May 16, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Sessions: Kagan violated the law at Harvard; Schumer: Gulf spill makes passing climate bill more difficult; Kyl says Kagan filibuster unlikely; Sestak predicts victory

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the committee's ranking member, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) appeared together to talk about the nomination of Solicitor Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Leahy said he expects to sit down with Sessions this week to work out a date for Kagan's confirmation hearings, after she returns a questionnaire from the committee. Sessions said Kagan's continuation of Harvard Law School's restrictions on military recruitment on campus over the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy when she was dean was no "little-bitty matter." He said Kagan "was not in compliance with the law at various points in her tenure," referring to an amendment that prohibits schools receiving federal funds from preventing military recruitment on campus.

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