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4:40 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 …
Ed Whelan / The Corner:
The Iowa Supreme Court's Attack on Marriage  —  The lawless judicial attack on traditional marriage and on representative government continues.  Today the Iowa supreme court ruled unanimously (7-) that a “state statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates …
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 …
Discussion: The Fix, Ben Smith's Blog and Calitics
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.
Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Shooting at American Civic Association  —  Some are released from building  —  At least four people were shot and dozens of others were being held hostage by a gunman at the American Civic Center in Binghamton.  —  At least five people have been taken to Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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New York Times:
Mr. Holder and the Ted Stevens Case
Discussion: Commentary and At-Largely
The Hill:
Palin, GOP split over special election
Discussion: Swing State Project
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists Give The First Lady Full Marks at G-20
Discussion: and Vanity Fair
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni ‘smackdown’
Discussion: The Politico, Telegraph and
Heather Boushey / Center for American Progress:
No Good News for Workers  —  Employers Continue to Shed Jobs at a Record Pace  —  Cheryl Fellows of Germantown, MD, searches for jobs on a computer at the Germantown Public Library.  Employers shed 663,000 jobs in March—the third largest one-month fall in employment since 1949.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Portfolio
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.
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 …
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 and Fausta's Blog
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 …
Discussion: NY Daily News, Gawker and Vanity Fair
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 …
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.
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...
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 …
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: Hot Air and RedState
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.
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