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2:40 AM ET, April 8, 2009


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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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Vermont And Rod's Giant Sigh
Discussion: Washington Post and Upturned Earth
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Guns and Gays in the District
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jason Szep / Reuters:
Vermont passes gay-marriage bill
Discussion: John Deeth Blog and ACSBlog
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Caller criticizes Limbaugh, Hannity, etal, on torture: “It's like you're all brainwashed”  —  LIMBAUGH: We're going to go to Chicago.  This is Charles.  Charles, thank you for waiting and for calling.  Great to have you here.  Hello.  —  CALLER: Thanks, Rush.
Dr. Slammy / Scholars and Rogues:
Caller clowns Rush, Rush clowns Republicans  —  In the immortal words of Catbert, I just laughed myself fuzzy.  First, you really must listen to this:  —  (Transcript here, courtesy of Media Matters.)  —  Rush starts, I think, to suggest that the caller isn't really who he says he is …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Little Green Footballs:
About Glenn Beck's Extremist Rhetoric  —  Michael A. Cohen has a piece in Politico today about the over-the-top irresponsible extremism and conspiracy theories promulgated by weeping Glenn Beck: Extremist rhetoric won't rebuild GOP. … He's right.  This turn toward the extreme right …
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 …
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
David Roberts / Grist:
Washington Post reporters call out George Will for lying in Washington Post 2  — TWITTER - NEWSVINE - GOOGLE BOOKMARKS - STUMBLEUPON  —  [SEE UPDATE BELOW]  —  Today, Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan have a piece on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice.
Michael Ausiello /
‘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:
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Actor Kal Penn's surprise suicide on ‘House’ opens way to job with Obama White House
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Lynn Sweet:
Actor Kal Penn joining Obama administration in Valerie Jarrett's shop.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Harvard Student Takes On Barney Frank Over Economy  —  WFXT-TV: It all started with a question: “How much responsibility, if any, do you have for the financial crisis?”  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and a conservative Harvard law student debated over how Frank should have handled his role …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Chief: Why I Tore Up the Army's ‘Future’  —  Of all the hard choices Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to make in his radical overhaul of the Pentagon's arsenal, the toughest, he tells Danger Room, was the decision to gut Future Combat Systems, the Army's $200 billion effort to design …
The New Republic:
Who Won and Who Lost in the Defense Budget?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Albert Lea Tribune:
Time for Senate fight to end  —  This newspaper endorsed Republican Norm Coleman for senator, but now it is time for him to step out of the race and let Minnesota have two senators again.  —  Coleman could learn a lesson from Washington state politician Dino Rossi.
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken extends lead over Coleman
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 …
John McCormick / Clout St:
Quigley claims victory in race to replace Rahm Emanuel  —  Democratic Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley claimed victory tonight in the 5th District race to replace Rahm Emanuel in Congress.  —  With 94 percent of the Chicago and suburban Cook precincts reporting totals …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Tables Turned on Prosecution in Stevens Case  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge dismissed the ethics conviction of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska on Tuesday after taking the extraordinary step of naming a special prosecutor to investigate whether the government lawyers who ran the Stevens case …
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 …
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, Macsmind and Betsy's Page
Greg Hengler /
VP Biden: 'There Is A 'War On Terror"
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
CBC members praise Castro  —  Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an end to U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, just hours after a meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana.  —  “The fifty-year embargo just hasn't worked,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee …
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
AIG's Bank Payments Probed by TARP Inspector General  —  The Treasury's chief watchdog for the U.S. financial rescue program is probing whether American International Group Inc. paid more than necessary to banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. after the insurer's bailout.
Discussion: Zero Hedge and Clusterstock
Source: Bank ‘stress test’ results delayed  —  Treasury will wait until after first-quarter earnings season to release results in order to soften impact on stocks.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Treasury Department is planning to delay the release of any completed bank “stress test” …
Discussion: Emptywheel
The White House:
The President Speaks to the Troops  —  Viewing this video requires Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher.  Download the free player.  —  On February 27th, President Obama announced his plan to bring the War in Iraq to a responsible end.  Today he addressed the troops in Iraq in a surprise visit before coming home from Europe.
M. Eric Eversole / Weekly Standard:
Minnesota's Shame  —  The wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee military voters.  —  In its recent order, the three-judge election contest court in Minnesota reiterated a common theme during the Coleman versus Franken Senate recount—notwithstanding the numerous questions raised regarding …
Discussion: Power Line
Jeffrey Young / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Howard Stern endorses Arlen Specter  —  Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Arlen Specter got some support from an unexpected source Tuesday: Radio talk show host Howard Stern.  —  During Stern's notoriously raunchy Sirius-XM satellite radio show, he offered a full-throated endorsement …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Gay marriage: Iowans weigh pros and cons of altering Iowa Constitution
Discussion: MyDD
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Ethics board launches probe into Rep Jesse Jackson Jr.
Ann Althouse / Chicago Tribune:
Barney Frank is all wrong on Scalia's dissent
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Bunning Loses to Any Democrat
Discussion: Hot Air
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
At What Point Did Republicans Become the Party of Bed-Wetting Hysterics?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
At Gun Show, Conservatives Panic About Obama
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: Salon
The Brickyard:
Trouble at UCSD: We Have To Help These Kids
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Scarborough Lies About Obama: 'We Have A President Who Has Never …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board