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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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:
Vermont lawmakers legalize gay marriage  —  Governor's veto is rejected; state becomes 4th in U.S. to take that path  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.
WCAX-TV:
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.
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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)  —  WASHINGTON—Actor Kal Penn, who stumped around the country …
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Punch
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
President Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Discussion: The Fix, Townhall.com and Taylor Marsh
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama in Baghdad, tells troops Iraq must take over
CNN:
Obama makes surprise stop in Baghdad
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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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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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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
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Stevens judge calls for DOJ probe
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Turkish town hall has MTV vibe
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Rejected GOP Chief To Run Again in Va.  —  Ousted Virginia Republican leader Jeffrey M. Frederick said Monday he will probably run for party chairman again in May, setting up another clash with the GOP's gubernatorial nominee, Robert F. McDonnell, as Republicans struggle to unite for the November election.
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Taleban-style law for women in Afghanistan is dropped after outcry  —  A controversial law condoning marital rape and reintroducing Taleban-era rules for Afghan women has been shelved after an outcry in the West.  —  The Afghan Foreign Ministry said that the law had not been enacted …
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 …
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.
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Boston Globe staffers lash out at union leaders  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Rank-and-file Boston Globe staffers are rising up against their union leaders, accusing them of keeping members in the dark over last week's stunning ultimatum from the New York Times …
Discussion: Commentary and Media Nation
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
 
 
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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