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8:45 AM ET, April 8, 2009

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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Gay marriage: Iowans weigh pros and cons of altering Iowa Constitution  —  If Iowans choose to open the hood on the Iowa Constitution, it could invite all sorts of tinkering, law professors and state lawmakers said today.  —  Voters soon have a once-a-decade chance to step around lawmakers and update the Constitution on their own.
Discussion: MyDD, Radio Iowa and John Deeth Blog
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Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:
King: 'If we don't save marriage, we can't remain pro-life'
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
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.
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Dr. Slammy / Scholars and Rogues:
Caller clowns Rush, Rush clowns Republicans
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Siobhan Gorman / Associated Press:
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies  —  Robert Moran monitors an electric grid in Dallas.  Such infrastructure grids across the country are vulnerable to cyberattacks.  —  WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs …
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 …
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Scott / Power Line:
What happened in Minnesota  —  Minnesota's excruciatingly close Senate election between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and former unfunny humorist Al Franken is in the final innings of the post-election proceedings.  Franken is of course a left-liberal Democrat about whom I have nothing good to say.
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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 …
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The New Republic:
Who Won and Who Lost in the Defense Budget?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Gates on the Defense Budget
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 …
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 …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
U.S. Lawmakers Meet With Castros, Push for New Policy on Cuba
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Bow-ow-ow: Obama's painful missteps  —  Let the new president grow into the job — but he'd better do it fast!  Plus: Readers ask about everything from talk radio, morality and Mary McCarthy, to that big movie about a sinking ship.  —  Dear Camille,  —  In your column, you say …
Discussion: Reason and Conservatives4Palin.com
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.
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Obama's TV: sports and a few surprises  —  President Barack Obama can't stand to be without his “Entourage.”  —  Call it a guilty pleasure, or maybe it just rings familiar to him.  The HBO series about an aspiring actor features a fast-talking agent named Ari, based on the real-life brother of Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Discussion: TIME.com
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu  —  In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
Reuters:
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
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Ethics board launches probe into Rep Jesse Jackson Jr.  —  A congressional ethics board has launched a preliminary inquiry into U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), related to President Obama's vacant Senate seat and the corruption investigation of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
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: Clusterstock and Zero Hedge
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
VP Biden: 'There Is A 'War On Terror"  —  Maybe Biden just forgot the phrase “Overseas Contingency Operation.”
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hot Air
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's word play
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Not even trying anymore  —  Little Lord Fop-leroy …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Canadian neo-Nazis excoriate Jews, root for the Taliban …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Globe and Mail:
Taliban militants shelve plans to kill Canadian hostage
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Oil Giants Loath to Follow Obama's Green Lead
Discussion: TIME.com
The Politico:
Yankees visit West Wing
Discussion: TIME.com
M. Eric Eversole / Weekly Standard:
Minnesota's Shame  —  The wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee military voters.
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Guns and Gays in the District
Ann Althouse / Chicago Tribune:
Barney Frank is all wrong on Scalia's dissent
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Actor Kal Penn's surprise suicide on ‘House’ opens way to job with Obama White House
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, AmSpecBlog and EW.com