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12:20 AM ET, April 4, 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’
Discussion: Washington Monthly, and Salon
Mark kende / PrawfsBlawg:
First Thoughts on Iowa Gay Marriage Decision
Desmoinesdem / Bleeding Heartland:
Iowa Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Fix and Calitics
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Hengler /
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama on Binghamton shootings; and a strange one from Gov. Paterson  —  Traveling in Europe this week, President Obama's White House released a statement after the fatal shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., today that apparently killed 13 people plus the shooter, and injured others.
Discussion: Liberty Street
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.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
14 Dead in Rampage in Binghamton, N.Y.
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 …
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
The Economist:
New frontiers in sore loserdom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Hill:
Palin, GOP split over special election
Discussion: Swing State Project
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.
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
Boston Globe:
Times co. threatens to shut down Globe  —  The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut the Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said.  —  Executives from the Times Co. and Globe made the demands Thursday morning …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steve Aquino / Mother Jones:
Should Obama Control the Internet?  —  A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.  —  Post Comment  —  Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan  —  Michael Evans and David Charter in Strasbourg  —  Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America's allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.
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 and The Politico
Rachel Holmes / Guardian:
Michelle's fashion face-off with Carla
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
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Paid Summers $5.2 Million in Past Year  —  WASHINGTON — Top White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers received about $5.2 million over the past year in compensation from hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from major financial institutions.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Clusterstock
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
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US may cede to Iran's nuclear ambition
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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The Politico:
Congress backs off AIG crackdown
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Discussion: TPMDC
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Video shows girl's flogging by Taliban