Old guard on defense; book blamed for Edwards-Hunter split; Jesse Jackson Jr.'s ‘exhaustion’ (read-this roundup)

Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:


Rep. Charles Rangel celebrates his 82nd birthday this month. (Marvin Joseph/THE WASHINGTON POST)

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 LoveMeet 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.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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