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10:00 PM ET, April 3, 2009

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Des Moines Register:
Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman  —  REGISTER STAFF REPORTS  —  The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays' right to marry.  —  “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause …
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New York Times:
Iowa Court Voids Gay Marriage Ban  —  DES MOINES — Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
King warns of ‘gay marriage Mecca’  —  Western Iowa Rep. Steve King:  —  This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends.  Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TIME.com and Salon
Desmoinesdem / Bleeding Heartland:
Iowa Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Fix and Calitics
Mark kende / PrawfsBlawg:
First Thoughts on Iowa Gay Marriage Decision
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Inside Obama's bank CEOs meeting  —  The bankers struggled to make themselves clear to the president of the United States.  —  Arrayed around a long mahogany table in the White House state dining room last week, the CEOs of the most powerful financial institutions in the world offered several explanations …
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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Obama to Bankers: I'm Standing ‘Between You and the Pitchforks’  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: When President Obama welcomed the chief executives from 13 of the nation's biggest banks to the White House last Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs billed it as a “good, productive, and frank” conversation.
Discussion: The Politico and Clusterstock
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Todd Palin's half-sister arrested for burglary  —  From Zaz Hollander in Wasilla:  —  Todd Palin's half-sister was arrested Thursday after police say she broke into a Wasilla home for the second time this week to steal money.  —  Palin is the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin.  He declined comment.
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The Tyra Banks Show:
Levi Johnston Breaks His Silence  —  For the first time, Levi Johnston, the former fiancé of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, breaks his silence and sits down exclusively with the “Tyra Show.”  —  Levi talks about his relationship with Bristol, what it was like to be thrust …
CNN:
Gunman barricaded back door, police say  —  (CNN) — A gunman barricaded the back door of a Binghamton, New York, immigration services center with a car and burst through the front door on a shooting rampage, killing 13 people and then, apparently, himself, police said Friday.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama on Binghamton shootings; and a strange one from Gov. Paterson
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Crace / Guardian:
Question that flummoxed great orator  —  Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis.
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Obama Loses Place On Teleprompter.  Ouch!  UPDATE: UK Guardian Mocks 'World's Greatest Orator'  —  Different setting, different Obama.  Gone are the constant “ahhhhs,” long blank pauses and stiffness that we saw earlier this morning.  I thought the teleprompter was his savior until …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
It's a Depression  —  The March employment numbers, out this morning, are bleak: 8.5 percent of Americans officially unemployed, 663,000 more jobs lost.  But if you include people who are out of work and have given up trying to find a job, the real unemployment rate is 9 percent.
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
‘Holy Hell’ Over Torture Memos  —  Attorney General Eric Holder wants to release classified Bush-era interrogation memos.  But U.S. intel officials are fiercely lobbying the White House to block him from moving forward.  —  A fierce internal battle within the White House over the disclosure …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Raw Story
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ted Stevens should run against Palin, Alaska Republican says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Now that the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been dropped, Alaska Rep. Don Young wants Stevens to run for governor — a move that would set up a Republican primary between the veteran lawmaker …
Discussion: TPMDC
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Economist.com l WASHINGTON / Democracy in America:
New frontiers in sore loserdom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Hill:
Palin, GOP split over special election
Discussion: Swing State Project
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
I Have Smoked Pot and Don't Really Care for It  —  Will Wilkinson has a good essay on marijuana in The Week: … For my part, I'll say that my name is Matthew Yglesias.  I have smoked marijuana in the past, and enjoyed it on occasion, but mostly I haven't really liked it so I don't expect I'll smoke any more in the future.
Discussion: Overruled
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The Week Magazine:
I smoke pot, and I like it
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE STRANGE CASE OF EVAN BAYH.  —  Ben Nelson genuinely is a conservative Democrat.  The Poole-Rosenthal rankings — which most consider the leading measure of a congressman's relative ideology — have, for years, ranked Nelson as the most conservative member of the Congress.  Call him Democrat #1.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni ‘smackdown’  —  “The first ladies fashion smackdown.”  —  That's what MSNBC was calling the public appearance of Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States, and Carla Bruni, first lady of France, today in Strasbourg, France.  —  They both wore bows.
Discussion: Telegraph, The Politico and TIME.com
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Rachel Holmes / Guardian:
Michelle's fashion face-off with Carla
Discussion: The Swamp, The Impolitic and TIME.com
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's $163,000 Tax Bomb  —  Families well below the president's ‘no-tax’ threshold will get a six-figure bill.  —  The House and Senate are preparing to pass President Barack Obama's radical budget blueprint, with only minor modifications, by using (abusing would be more accurate) the budget “reconciliation” process.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Tatiana Zarnowski / The Daily Gazette:
It's 77,225 apiece: Murphy, Tedisco now in a dead heat  —  20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — As counties continue a routine recount of voting machine results, the two candidates in the 20th Congressional District race are locked in a dead heat.  —  James Tedisco and Scott Murphy have 77,225 votes each …
Discussion: TPMDC, City Room and the albany project
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James M. Odato / Albany Times Union:
Tedisco faces revolt over Assembly leadership
Kirk Victor / National Journal Online:
McCain Rebukes Hispanic Voters  —  STUNG OVER THE VOTING BLOC'S 2-TO-1 SUPPORT OF OBAMA IN NOVEMBER, THE SENATOR SAYS TO LOOK TO THE NEW PRESIDENT FOR IMMIGRATION LEADERSHIP.  —  John McCain sounds angry and frustrated that, despite the risks he took in pushing immigration reform …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Reporters' hair irks Boehner  —  (CNN) — House Republican Leader John Boehner is known for regularly poking fun at reporters about their hairstyles.  But at his weekly press conference on Thursday he couldn't contain himself.  —  As he launched into his regular refrain about the Democrats' budget …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Ultimate Agenda  —  Five minutes of explanation to James Madison, and he'll have a pretty good idea what a motorcar is (basically a steamboat on wheels; the internal combustion engine might take a few minutes more).  Then try to explain to Madison how the Constitution he fathered allows …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama-era goodwill for Rice at U.N.  —  NEW YORK — It is, says Susan Rice, “a good time to be American Ambassador to the United Nations.”  —  Rice, a foreign policy veteran at the age of 44, is positioned to be one of the administration's key national security voices.
 
 
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Hedge Fund Paid Summers $5.2 Million in Past Year
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Michael Barone:
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Cynthia Dizikes / MinnPost:
Coleman travels to Washington and talks - a little
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Michelle Obama J.Crew outfits in London prompt shopping frenzy stateside
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