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1:10 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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Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage  —  Updated:  —  The Vt. House and the Vt. Senate have voted to override the governor's veto of the same-sex marriage bill— legalizing gay marriage in Vermont.  —  Governor Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, promptly vetoed the bill when it was delivered to his desk last night— as promised.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Breaking: Vermont legislature overrides veto, becomes first state to pass marriage equality through legislation.  —  Yesterday, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) vetoed a bill legalizing gay marriage that passed the state legislature last week.  Now the legislature has voted to override Douglas' veto …
Discussion: Center for American … and D-Day
Associated Press:
Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — 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 to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry.
Burlington Free Press:
Live video, blog: Gay marriage vote  —  FREE PRESS STAFF REPORT  —  From Terri Hallenbeck's story:  —  MONTPELIER — Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed same-sex marriage legislation Monday evening, sending the bill back to the Legislature today, where the votes to override the veto could teeter either way.
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Reality hits Obama Express  —  President Barack Obama, after a lightning-quick start for his agenda on Capitol Hill, is bracing for a much slower pace and big changes in his proposals as early urgency and excitement give way to the more languid rhythms that are the norm for Congress.
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)  —  WASHINGTON—Actor Kal Penn, who stumped around the country …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — President Obama made an unannounced trip to Baghdad on Tuesday, punctuating his week-long overseas trip with a stop to talk to American troops and Iraqi leaders.  —  Air Force One landed at Baghdad International Airport under heavy security …
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ABCNEWS:
President Obama Lands in Baghdad for Surprise Visit to Troops  —  President to Hand Out Medals of Valor to U.S. Soldiers  —  President Obama made a surprise detour on his way home from his European trip, stopping in Baghdad today to meet with U.S. commanders and consult with Iraqi officials.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama, the ICRC Report and ongoing suppression  —  (updated below)  —  Following up on the latest extremist Cheney/Addington/Yoo arguments advanced by the Obama DOJ in order to shield Bush lawbreaking from disclosure and judicial review — an episode I wrote about in detail yesterday …
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Washington Post:
Obama Holds a Town Hall in Istanbul  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much.  Well, it is a great pleasure to be here.  Let me begin by thanking Professor Rahmi Aksungur — did I say that properly — who is director of the university here.  And I want to thank all the young people who've gathered together.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Turkish town hall has MTV vibe
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:   Official: Man freed amid Obama murder ‘hoax’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman-Obama honeymoon stops at missile defense  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) has tried to mend his relationship with President Obama in recent months but their reconciliation hit a snag Monday over ballistic missile defense.  —  Lieberman, the self-described independent Democrat …
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
‘No-Risk’ Insurance at F.D.I.C.  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was set up 76 years ago with the important but simple job of insuring bank deposits.  —  Now, because of what could politely be called mission creep, it's elbowing its way into the middle of the financial mess as an enabler of enormous leverage.
ABCNEWS:
Pilot of Stolen Cessna Wanted U.S. Fighter Jets to Shoot Him Down  —  Trooper Said Yavuz Berke, Now in Custody, Wanted U.S. Military to Kill Him  —  The Canadian man wholed fighter jets on a chase across six states yesterday flew his stolen plane into the U.S. in hopes the military would shoot …
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Approval Hits New High - 66%  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Most Believe World Leaders Respect President, Though They Maintain U.S. Is Not Respected Overall  —  (CBS) As President Obama concludes his well-publicized trip to Europe, Americans are more positive about the respect accorded …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
NY-20: Absentee Ballot Distribution Appears to Favor Murphy (D)  —  The New York State Board of Elections has a lot of data (.pdf) out on absentee ballots in the special election in that state's 20th Congressional District, which will be vital in breaking the virtual tie between Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco.
Emptywheel:
Save American Jobs: Close Your Chase Account  —  It's time we started pressuring the banksters in the only language they understand: their pocket-books.  If they begin to lose customers who refuse to let their money be used to gamble away American jobs and taxpayer money …
Discussion: Democrats.com
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 …
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Judge: U.S. hid witness' mental illness in Guantanamo cases  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department improperly withheld important psychiatric records of a government witness who was used in a “significant” number of Guantanamo cases, a federal judge has concluded.
Discussion: Washington Times and Hullabaloo
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
No, We Shouldn't Subsidize The News  —  Conor, You have a point.  I had a paragraph about externalities in my Post column that I cut for space.  The argument would have run something like this: it's good for you if I read the New York Times, and good for me if you read it …
Discussion: Majikthise
Jerusalem Post:
'When Marlon Brando made me a Pessah offer I couldn't refuse'  —  A few weeks ago, as he began preparing material for our Pessah supplements, The Jerusalem Post's Managing Editor Steve Linde placed a small ad in the paper inviting readers to submit amazing but true Pessah stories.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Tierney / New York Times:
Public Policy That Makes Test Subjects of Us All  —  Suppose you wanted to test the effects of halving the amount of salt in people's diets.  If you were an academic researcher, you'd have to persuade your institutional review board that you had considered the risks and obtained informed consent from the participants.
Discussion: Reason and Betsy's Page
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.
Discussion: Pharyngula and The American Scene
 
 
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