Lunchtime Links: May 19, 2010

Anti-incumbent sentiment shook up primary elections Tuesday. Longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter losing in that state’s Democratic primary and Tea Party stalwart Rand Paul cruising to victory in the Kentucky Republican primary. Also, Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln is headed for a June runoff election.

Dozens of tar balls found in the Florida Keys are not from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak spewing into the Gulf, authorities said early Wednesday morning.

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will begin June 28.

The Thai capital of Bangkok is ablaze with fighting and political unrest.

Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, a Republican who frequently touted his evangelical beliefs, resigned unexpectedly Tuesday after admitting an affair with a part-time staffer. Souder has been married for 36 years and recently won the GOP primary in his district with designs on a ninth term after the mid-term elections.

Baptist missionary Laura Silsby returned home to her native Idaho on Tuesday after having been released from Haitian jail and convicted of illegally transporting children. “I’m just very glad to be home. I knew this day would come,” Silsby said as she entered the Boise Airport terminal. “I entrusted myself to my God.” While she was in Haiti, Silsby’s ex-husband, Terry Silsby, filed for sole custody of their two young children. Laura Silsby also has an adult son. She is also facing legal complaints over unpaid wages from a business which closed.

American Idol” fans wait to see who will be in next week’s final.

Did the actions of Russell Hantz on the series finale of “Survivor” justify the results?

The Boston Celtics took a commanding 2-0 lead by polishing off their second straight road win at Orlando in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards won Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, winning the chance to pick presumed top choice John Wall of Kentucky.

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