Dover

Among Tuesday’s primaries is a suddenly red-hot contest in usually mild-mannered Delaware, where Republicans have been counting on picking up Joe Biden’s old Senate seat since the day Congressman Mike Castle announced for the race. But now Castle is suddenly looking vulnerable to a right-wing uprising which, in turn, could make Democratic candidate Chris Coons the front-runner going into November.

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Want a hint about what the president will say tonight? Check out the guest list for the First Lady's box, which the White House just published.

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This USA Today story, on Dover Air Force Base, has one piece of good news that I didn't know: Defense Secretary Robert Gates had expressed concern that if the news media covered transfers at Dover, relatives would feel compelled to attend — a financial hardship for some who lived far away. So his department decided to pay and help arrange travel, food and lodging for up to three people per family.

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At Dover, Now What?

CJR has an explainer of the ins and outs of media access at Dover Air Force Base, now that the Pentagon has lifted its 18-year ban on press coverage of the return of America's war dead. Two of the more interesting details: When casualty officers inform family members of a soldier's death, they must also now ask whether they consent to media coverage of their loved one's stateside arrival; and, if they do consent, the military gives the media only about an eight-hour notice.

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