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2:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Flopping Aces
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
U.S. France: Gitmo & ‘hell of a lot’ more
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Associated Press and MSNBC
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 …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni ‘smackdown’
Discussion: The Politico, Telegraph and
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists Give The First Lady Full Marks at G-20
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Unemployment Rate Jumps to 8.5 Percent, 663K Jobs Lost in March
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Facing South
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Inside Obama's bank CEOs meeting  —  Obama tells the CEOs that his administration “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Memo Called Informal  —  After receiving a legal memo that declared the pending D.C. voting rights bill unconstitutional, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. reached out to another lawyer on whose judgment he had relied for years.  —  Holder contacted Deputy Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal …
New York Times:
Mr. Holder and the Ted Stevens Case
Discussion: Commentary and At-Largely
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: A Must Read  —  Paul Singer's op-ed in the Journal is a must read.  —  Here's an excerpt: … Singer is one of several conservatives I've spent time with recently who's thinking through the implications of the financial crash, and trying to figure out—not to put it too grandiloquently …
Paul Singer / Wall Street Journal:
Free-Marketeers Should Welcome Some Regulation
Discussion: Portfolio
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: ProPublica
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.
Arab News:
Nothing but recycled Bush speak  —  President Barack Obama has come up with his own plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  And one is amazed at the world of difference between his approach and that of his predecessor.  The language of genuine respect and empathy America's 44th president displayed …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: No, Obama wasn't cleaning the floor when greeting Abdullah
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Power Line
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
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.
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 …
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.
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Defense Secretary Gates to unveil Pentagon budget Monday  —  A spokesman says Gates' recommendations will mark ‘a fundamental shift in direction.’ The secretary will announce his plan publicly — perhaps in an attempt to head off criticism of weapons cuts.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Fannie, Freddie Set to Pay $210 Million in Retention Bonuses
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James M. Odato / Albany Times Union:
Tedisco faces revolt over Assembly leadership
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Consequences of the Oil Shock of 2007-08
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CEO Pay Sinks Along With Profits
Discussion: Clusterstock and Daily Finance
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Legal Heavy Ted Olson Dismisses Right-Wing Assault On Obama Nominee
Discussion: techPresident and Undiplomatic
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Video shows girl's flogging by Taliban
James Carville / CNN:
Carville: Obama has best day as president