Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:
Old guard on defense — Two old bulls are facing primary challenges. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is fighting for his political life, reports our Washington Post colleague Paul Kane in this excellent portrait of the longtime lawmaker. And Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) looks a little more comfortable in his race.
Blame the book — Take note: A tell-all memoir can be bad for one’s relationship. Former senator John Edwards and his former mistress Rielle Hunter have broken up following the release of her book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me.”
Get well soon — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is on a leave of absence from Congress for “exhaustion.” It isn’t clear when the Illinois Democrat, a well-known gym rat and marshal arts practitioner, will return to work.
It’s Love — Meet Mia Love, a potential rising Republican star. She’s a Mormon running against six-term Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)--and if elected, would be the first black Republican woman in Congress.