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12:00 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 …
Associated Press:   Iowa gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Amy Lorentzen /   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.
The Hill:
Senate passes budget 55-43
Discussion: MSNBC and Associated Press
Senate, House pass budget plans along party lines
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Hits 8.5% After 663,000 Jobs Lost in March  —  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 …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Unemployment Rate Jumps to 8.5 Percent, 663K Jobs Lost in March
Discussion: Facing South
Chris Isidore /   2 million jobs lost so far in '09
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:   Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost
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.
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 and Chicago Breaking News
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
DeeDee Correll / Los Angeles Times:
Colorado professor wins wrongful-termination suit
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Paul Singer / Wall Street Journal:
Free-Marketeers Should Welcome Some Regulation  —  The private sector made the biggest mistakes.  —  President Barack Obama took his proposed financial regulatory reforms to London this week for the G-20 meeting, while free-market advocates objected.  While many of Mr. Obama's ideas warrant skepticism …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Portfolio
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Legal Heavy Ted Olson Dismisses Right-Wing Assault On Obama Nominee  —  Theodore Olson, the top conservative attorney who served under Reagan and George W. Bush, dismissed attacks from the right on Obama's choice for a top legal post, defending the pick as a “man of great integrity.”
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch says papers should charge on Web  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch, whose media company News Corp owns one of the few U.S. newspapers that makes people pay to read its news on the Web, said more papers will have to start doing the same to survive.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Inside Obama's polling operation
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
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AIG Founder Perfects the Fault Swap
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 Earlier Items: 
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Burris adviser slams Dem leadership
Discussion: and MSNBC
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The American Super-Bower  —  This picture is worth a thousand words.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Dr. Sanity
FreedomWorks blogs:
City of Burleson Tries to Cancel Tea Party
Discussion: RedState
Federal Eye:
Unemployed Journalists Key to Stimulus Oversight?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
China's Dollar Trap
Discussion: The Peking Duck
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
What Was Going on Inside the Paulson Treasury?
Discussion: New York Magazine
John Hempton / Bronte Capital:
A little bit of careful thinking - and why Krugman's despair is misplaced
Discussion: Portfolio