Stories You Should Know (5/18/10)

Reuters (USA)
The U.S. Congress is turning its focus this week to the federal government’s response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the offshore oil drilling industry is far from off the hook.

Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas, NV)
Critics who allege that Congress overstepped the U.S. Constitution by requiring Americans to carry health insurance are “flatly wrong,” the Obama administration said Wednesday in its first court defense of the landmark health care law.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Three Senate primaries will offer some signs today of the voters’ mood as the midterm elections near.

New York Times (New York, NY)
At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life. There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
If Rand Paul wins the KY Senate primary, he would both defeat a Republican opponent who has cast these views as out of the mainstream and turn the election here this fall into a debate over the Tea Party’s vision for the country.

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