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12:25 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Iowa ruling  —  The Iowa Court website is crashing, so we've posted a copy of the decision here.  —  It's really a sweeping, total win for the gay-rights side, rejecting any claim that objections to same-sex marriage can be seen as “rational,” rejecting a parallel civil union remedy …
Associated Press:
Iowa gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional  —  State supreme court says law violates rights of gays and lesbians  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court says the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making it the third state where gay marriage is legal.
Discussion: GayPatriot
CNN:
Iowa court strikes down same-sex marriage ban
Discussion: Pharyngula
Amy Lorentzen / seattlepi.com:   Iowa court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Congress Approves Budget  —  $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan Paves Way for Obama Goals  —  Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama's ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation yesterday, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.
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The Hill:
Senate passes budget 55-43
Discussion: Associated Press and MSNBC
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Hits 8.5% as March Payrolls Fall by 663,000  —  The American economy shed another 663,000 jobs in March, the government reported Friday, bringing the toll of job losses during the recession to 5.1 million.  —  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate climbed …
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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Unemployment Rate Jumps to 8.5 Percent, 663K Jobs Lost in March
Discussion: Facing South
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
2 million jobs lost so far in '09
Discussion: Think Progress
CNBC:   Employers Slash 663,000 Jobs; Unemployment Jumps to 8.5%
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
A Rare Triumph of Substance at the Summit  —  International economic summits deserve to be regarded with skepticism: The most important decision to come out of them is usually the call for yet another meeting.  —  But yesterday's G-20 meeting in London was an exception.
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John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
‘Congressman A’: Rahm Emanuel  —  Now Obama's top aide, ‘Congressman A’ had grant held up, indictment says  —  The White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel listens as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to open the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House.
Discussion: D-Day
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 …
Discussion: Commentary
Agence France Presse:
Russia's Medvedev hails ‘comrade’ Obama  —  LONDON (AFP) - - Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as “my new comrade” Thursday after their first face-to-face talks, saying the US president “can listen” — even if little progress was made on substance.
Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin, Ruedrich call for Begich resignation  —  WASHINGTON — The head of the Alaska Republican Party today called on Sen. Mark Begich to step down from the U.S. Senate, saying that the state's voters would have re-elected former Sen. Ted Stevens had they known the U.S Department of Justice would abandon its prosecution of him.
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Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Churchill wins CU suit but awarded just $1  —  Ward Churchill won his case against the University of Colorado today as a Denver jury unanimously decided he was fired in retaliation for his controversial essay about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  —  The jury gave Churchill $1 for past losses …
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DeeDee Correll / Los Angeles Times:
Colorado professor wins wrongful-termination suit
Scott / Power Line:
Why is this man bowing?  —  The caption on the photo above reads: … What's wrong with this picture?  Americans do not bow to royalty.  In my view, when the royal is the ruling tyrant of a despotic regime, the wrong is compounded.  Putting aside the breach of American protocol …
BBC:
Obama underlines al-Qaeda threat  —  President Barack Obama has urged better use of Nato resources in Afghanistan, saying al-Qaeda is a greater threat to Europe than to the US.  —  Speaking before a Nato summit co-hosted by France and Germany, he said the US wanted to see a stronger Europe.
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New York Times:
Obama Sets New Tone for European Allies
Washington Post:
As Crisis Loomed, Geithner Pressed But Fell Short  —  Before Timothy Geithner became Treasury chief, he regulated major U.S. banks.  Now he says: “We're having a major financial crisis in part because of failures of supervision.”  —  In September 2005, Timothy Geithner made one of his most visible moves …
Joann S. Lublin / Wall Street Journal:
CEO Pay Sinks Along With Profits  —  The robust rise of CEO pay reversed in 2008 as shrinking profits led to smaller bonuses.  —  The median salaries and bonuses for the chief executives of 200 big U.S. companies fell 8.5% to $2.24 million, according to an analysis for The Wall Street Journal by Hay Group …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Daily Finance
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.
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
CDC: Rocket fuel chemical found in baby formula  —  ATLANTA - Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient, a government study has found.
Discussion: unbossed.com
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Little Change in Negative Images of Bush and Cheney  —  Favorable ratings for both are at or near their all-time lows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Neither George W. Bush's deliberate silence about the Obama administration nor Dick Cheney's ready criticism of it appear to have altered U.S. public perceptions about either man.
James Carville / CNN:
Carville: Obama has best day as president  —  Editor's Note: James Carville, a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, was the Clinton-Gore campaign manager in 1992 and political adviser to President Clinton.  He is active in Democratic politics and a party fundraiser.
Discussion: TIME.com
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Video shows girl's flogging by Taliban  —  Mobile phone movie shows that militant influence is spreading deeper into Pakistan  —  A video showing a teenage girl being flogged by Taliban fighters has emerged from the Swat Valley in Pakistan, offering a shocking glimpse of militant brutality …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Daily Dish
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google In Talks To Acquire Twitter (Updated)  —  Here's a heck of a rumor that we've sourced from two separate people close to the negotiations: Google is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.  We don't know the price but can assume its well, well north of the $250 million valuation …
 
 
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Michelle's fashion face-off with Carla
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Paul Singer / Wall Street Journal:
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Inside Obama's polling operation
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GOP Legal Heavy Ted Olson Dismisses Right-Wing Assault On Obama Nominee
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