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6:15 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 …
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.
Desmoinesdem / Bleeding Heartland:
Iowa Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act  —  The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a lower-court ruling that struck down Iowa's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act.  Various legal experts who watched the oral arguments in December expected the plaintiffs in Varnum v Brien to prevail …
Ed Whelan / The Corner:
The Iowa Supreme Court's Attack on Marriage
Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:   Iowa Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage
Ann Friedman / American Prospect:   MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN IOWA.
New York gunman kills 12, takes own life  —  (CNN) — A lone gunman killed at least 12 people and himself Friday in an immigration services center in Binghamton, New York, a government official said.  —  The gunman carried identification that said he was 42 and from upstate New York, the official said.
Binghamton Rampage Leaves 13 Dead, 26 Wounded  —  Police Surround Building in Western New York State  —  As many as 13 people have been shot dead and another 26 wounded in a shooting rampage inside an upstate New York civic association building that caters to immigrants, according to federal and state authorities.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Atlas Shrugs
New York Times:
At Least 12 Slain in Binghamton, N.Y.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Lede
Press & Sun-Bulletin:   Binghamton shooting leaves 13 dead
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 …
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: Think Progress, TPMDC and MyDD
RELATED: 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
New York Times:
Mr. Holder and the Ted Stevens Case
Discussion: Commentary and At-Largely
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.
Rachel Holmes / Guardian:
Michelle's fashion face-off with Carla  —  It was the moment the fashion world was waiting for: stylish Michelle Obama and chic Carla Bruni-Sarkozy came face-to-face in Strasbourg.  Who came out on top?  —  Last year, we avidly followed the wardrobe manoeuvres of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
Discussion: The Swamp, and The Impolitic
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni ‘smackdown’
Discussion: Telegraph, The Politico and
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists Give The First Lady Full Marks at G-20
Discussion: and Vanity Fair
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 …
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.
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 …
James M. Odato / Albany Times Union:
Tedisco faces revolt over Assembly leadership
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
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 …
Greg Hengler /
Obama Loses Place On Teleprompter.  Ouch!  —  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 this little glitch happened at his...
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 …
Felix Salmon:
Jobless America  —  The unemployment rate is now 8.5%, which is very bad, and is up sharply from 5.1% a year ago.  But just check out U6, the broad measure of underemployement: people who want to get more work than they've got, but can't find it.  A year ago — three months into the recession — it stood at 9.3%.
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress, Salon, Hot Air and RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Cap and Tax Collapse  —  Congress balks at one more bad Obama idea.  —  Please pass Al Gore a Valium — and better make it a double — because his cap-and-trade dreams just took a dive in the U.S. Senate.  In a vote late Wednesday, no fewer than 26 Democrats joined all 41 Republicans …
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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
It's a Depression  —  The March employment numbers …
Israel cabinet picture doctored to remove women
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama offers tough love to Europe
Michael Wolff / Newser:
If You Blog, Is It Better to Be Blonde?
Discussion: The New Republic
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie, Freddie Set to Pay $210 Million in Retention Bonuses
Discussion: Hot Air
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Useful Clever People
Discussion: Commentary and Eunomia
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: A Must Read
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Little Change in Negative Images of Bush and Cheney
Discussion: TPMDC and The Swamp
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Legal Heavy Ted Olson Dismisses Right-Wing Assault On Obama Nominee
Discussion: techPresident
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
‘Congressman A’: Rahm Emanuel
Discussion: culturekitchen