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6:05 PM ET, April 7, 2009

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Burlington Free Press:
Vt. legalizes gay marriage with veto override  —  FREE PRESS STAFF REPORT  —  VIDEO: House vote passes gay mariage bill .  —  MONTPELIER — Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.  —  The Legislature voted Tuesday …
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Washington Post:
D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Other States' Gay Marriages  —  The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.  —  Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation's capital …
Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage With Veto Override  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage _ and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.  —  The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote _ the minimum needed _ to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Vermont And Rod's Giant Sigh
Discussion: Upturned Earth
New York Times:
Vermont Legislature Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal
Michael Ausiello / EW.com:
‘House’ exclusive: The shocking story behind last night's big death  —  DEFCON 1 spoiler alert!  If you haven't seen last night's House, stop reading now.  Everyone else, onward and downward!  —  Here are the six things you need to know up-front about last night's House:
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Lynn Sweet:
Actor Kal Penn joining Obama administration in Valerie Jarrett's shop.  Will work with Asian-American, arts communities  —  Actor Kal Penn worked as a floor whip during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  (AP Photo)  —  Audio of Kal Penn presser today:
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Actor Kal Penn's surprise suicide on ‘House’ opens way to job with Obama White House
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Grist:
Washington Post reporter calls out George Will for lying in Washington Post  — TWITTER - NEWSVINE - GOOGLE BOOKMARKS - STUMBLEUPON  —  Today, Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan have a piece on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice.
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Washington Post:
New Data Show Rapid Arctic Ice Decline  —  Proportion of Thicker, More Persistent Winter Cover Is the Lowest on Record  —  The Arctic sea ice cover continues to shrink and become thinner, according to satellite measurements and other data released yesterday, providing further evidence …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAKING GEORGE WILL LOOK WORSE.... The Washington Post had a good item today on the increasingly dire outlook on Arctic sea ice.  Near the end of the piece, the Post's Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan added: … That's a pretty sharp rebuke for a news story about a claim made by one of the paper's own high-profile columnists.
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken extends lead over Coleman  —  The Democrat made a net gain today in a count of formerly rejected absentee ballots that pushed his advantage to more than 300 votes in the U.S. Senate race.  —  Democrat Al Franken today extended his lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate election …
Discussion: CBS News, Hot Air and MyDD
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Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Absentees push Franken's Senate lead to 312  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrat Al Franken's lead in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has grown to 312 votes now that hundreds of absentee ballots have been added to the counting.  —  A three-judge panel ruled that the rejected absentee ballots …
Discussion: TIME.com
Leigh Hornbeck / Albany Times Union:
Absentee count to start Wednesday
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Salon
Michael A. Cohen / The Politico:
Extremist rhetoric won't rebuild GOP  —  Watching Fox News' new sensation Glenn Beck is not for the faint of heart.  It is a disquieting entree into the feverish mind of a conspiracy theorist who believes, among other things, that the government wants to remotely control our thermostats …
Discussion: pw and The Sundries Shack
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
They're All Arlen Specter Now  —  A propos of my earlier post …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Americans More Optimistic; Still Hate GOP
Discussion: The Other McCain
David Brooks / New York Times:
The End of Philosophy  —  Socrates talked.  The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think through moral problems.  Find a just principle.  Apply it.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Right Wing Hysterical Over Obama's ‘Not At War With Islam’ Remarks: ‘We Have Nothing To Apologize For’  —  President Obama's outreach to the Muslim world has been a welcome development after eight years of President Bush's “us vs. them” approach.  “Let me say this as clearly as I can,” he told the Turkish parliament yesterday.
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New York Times:
Judge Orders Investigation of Stevens Prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON — A furious federal judge on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of ordering that the prosecutors who bungled the case of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska be investigated for possible criminal wrongdoing.
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Stevens judge calls for DOJ probe
Discussion: The Swamp
Robert Moore / Coloradoan Online:
Bennet talks with skeptical Democrats in Fort Collins  —  Sen. Michael Bennet met with about 100 Larimer County Democrats on Monday night at New Belgium Brewing and frequently wound up giving them answers they didn't come to hear.  —  Facing a respectful but clearly skeptical audience of party activists …
New York Times:
In Baghdad, Obama Presses Iraqi Leader to Unite Factions  —  BAGHDAD — President Obama made an unannounced trip Tuesday to Baghdad, punctuating his week-long overseas trip with a stop to talk to American troops and Iraqi leaders.  —  Addressing hundreds of troops gathered at a military base here …
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Savage complains that “the hemorrhoid with eyes,” presumably Beck, rips off his show, but nonetheless questions Beck's sanity  —  I love how all these cons pretend they hate eachother , maybe they do .  But all of them are the same.  Preaching hate toward our country and President.
Discussion: Salon
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Scarborough Lies About Obama: ‘We Have A President Who Has Never Received A Paycheck’  —  This morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough ranted about President Obama's economic plans (even though 56 percent of Americans approve).  His latest talking point: that Obama “has never received a paycheck” in his entire life:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
At What Point Did Republicans Become the Party of Bed-Wetting Hysterics?  —  Looking around the wingnutosphere today, I can't help but notice that it's SUCH A SCARY TERRIFYING WORLD.  —  Obama's taking our guns away! … Obama's disarming America! … Obama's a Stalinist!
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Times Editor: Lack Of Disclosure On Merkin Op-Ed Is No Big Deal  —  Here's another one to add to the growing list of “newspapers acting badly”...  Late last month, the New York Times published an op-ed by Daphne Merkin, a contributing writer to the Times Magazine, on the Bernie Madoff mess.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Brickyard:
Trouble at UCSD: We Have To Help These Kids  —  Anyone who has immersed themselves in political life knows that the toughest and dirtiest battles are not fought at the top of the food chain, but the bottom.  The watchful eyes of the media largely keep our elected officials in check …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Steve Kornacki / Politicker NY:
Who Keeps Inviting the Bush-bots?  —  Just over four years ago, after George W. Bush was re-elected by the smallest margin for an incumbent since Woodrow Wilson held off Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, a palpable sense somehow took hold in much of the media that Karl Rove's concept of a “permanent Republican majority” had been realized.
John / Upturned Earth:
Race and the Drug War  —  Last Friday, Jonah Goldberg wrote a post at The Corner arguing that there is something “unlibertarian” about opponents of drug prohibition who use claims about the drug war's disproportionate effects on blacks in an attempt to demonstrate its injustice.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Outlines of an Obama Grand Strategy Emerge  —  VIENNA — In eight days in Europe, President Obama has started down the road to remaking the global financial system, reinvigorating the NATO commitment to Afghanistan and Pakistan, reinventing nuclear strategy and restoring relations to the Muslim world.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
At Gun Show, Conservatives Panic About Obama  —  Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, Spring 2009 (Photo by: David Weigel)  —  WEST POINT, Ky. - The sound of gunfire rumbles and echoes from half a mile away, long before anyone can see the entrance.  The walk up to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot starts …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Cantor's strategy: Ambush Democrats  —  Peril awaits any first-term lawmaker who ventures to the House floor unprepared for a duel, but Ohio Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy had a particularly rough go of it the other day.  —  Kilroy took the floor to support an amendment to a popular public-service bill …
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died  —  Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton-wielding police officer  —  Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Telegraph
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's word play  —  The administration has created a lexicon that masks reality through the gauzy world of euphemism.  To the world, it's just words.  —  President Obama had a grand time in Europe.  He wowed the press, met the queen, gave some wonderful news conferences and got virtually none …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Chicago Tribune:
Barney Frank is all wrong on Scalia's dissent
Sallie James / Cato @ Liberty:
A (Baby) Step in the Right Direction on Gambling
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Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Iraq bombs linked to Sunni militias who fought against al-Qaida
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Bunning Loses to Any Democrat
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
BBC:
Iraq shoe thrower's jail term cut
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Obama leaves Baghdad after lightning first presidential visit
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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