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6:45 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
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Guns and Gays in the District
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Actor Kal Penn's surprise suicide on ‘House’ opens way to job with Obama White House
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
David Roberts / Grist:
Washington Post reporter calls out George Will for lying in Washington Post 2  — 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 …
Andrew Freedman / Capital Weather Gang:
Will Misleads Readers on Climate Science - Again
Discussion: Wonk Room
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: Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
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
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 …
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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 …
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Bobby Ghosh / Time:
Obama's Visit to Iraq: A Page from Bush's Playbook
Discussion: Don Surber and Flopping Aces
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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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.
Jimmy Vielkind / politickerny.com:
And Back Again: After a Misreport, More Votes for Tedisco  —  ALBANY—In the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has ended the day with a 17-vote lead over Democrat Scott Murphy, state and county elections officials said.  —  The overall tally is now Tedisco 77,035; Murphy 77,018.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Politico and TIME.com
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Leigh Hornbeck / Albany Times Union:
Absentee count to start Wednesday
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Salon
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.
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
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
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: Hullabaloo and CNN
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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.
Ann Althouse / Chicago Tribune:
Barney Frank is all wrong on Scalia's dissent  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a “homophobe” who “makes it very clear that he's angry, frankly, about the existence of gay people.”  Frank points to Scalia's dissenting opinion in Lawrence vs. Texas …
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's word play
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board
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Associated Press:
Citigroup chairman: bankers being ‘vilified’
Discussion: American Street
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Boston Globe staffers lash out at union leaders
Discussion: Commentary