A.M. Links: Polls Open in Northeast, Superdome Spy Scandal, Democrats Target Wal-Mart


  • Republicans in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island go to the polls to pick a President(ial candidate) today.  Mitt Romney hopes to run the board, Newt Gingrich's latest red line is Delaware, and Ron Paul's in it for the long haul. Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign sometime before Last Thursday, is on the ballot in all the states, and Buddy Roemer's on the ballot in Rhode Island. Polls close at 9pm in New York and 8pm elsewhere.

  • Pennsylvania's down ballot includes three Republicans making a hard push to run against Senator Bob Casey in November. Says a political observer: "There's three things at play: Smith's money versus Welch's endorsement [by establishment Republicans] versus the grassroots activism for Rohrer." Can you guess which of the three didn't use to be a Democrat?
  • The New Orleans Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis is alleged to have had his own spy network at the Superdome for most of the 2002 through 2004 season. "This report on ESPN is absolutely false," Loomis said in an e-mail to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. "To think I am sitting in there listening and actually and/or doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams… It just didn't happen." The statute of limitations on the crimes involved in using electronic eavesdropping to win a football game is six years in Louisiana.
  • House Democrats are investigating Wal-Mart. "The allegations that Wal-Mart officials in Mexico may have broken US laws by bribing officials to get their stores built faster raise serious concerns," the Ranking Member of the House Government Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, said in a statement. No hookers are involved, yet.
  • 101-year-old heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon thought highly of then presidential candidate John Edwards.  "She felt like he was going to be the savior of America," former Edwards aide Andrew Young said in court. Young returns to testify in court again today. Edwards was also Democrats' 2004 VP nominee.
  • Meanwhile, the GOP's 2012 VP nominee remains anyone's guess.

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