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2:25 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.
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
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Teddy Davis / The Note:
Legislature, Not Court, Brings Gay Marriage to Vt.
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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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.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama in Baghdad, tells troops Iraq must take over
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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Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
President Obama to Europe: Sorry About the Bush Years*  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Karen Travers report:  —  ISTANBUL — “I know there have been some difficulties in recent years,” President Obama said today at a town hall meeting with Turkish high school and college students.
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Washington Post:
Obama Holds a Town Hall in Istanbul
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Turkish town hall has MTV vibe
Discussion: The Swamp
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Stevens judge calls for DOJ probe  —  An angry federal judge set aside the conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday, and will pursue criminal contempt charges against the Stevens prosecution team, accusing Department of Justice prosecutors of deliberate and repeated misconduct …
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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.
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: MyDD
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.
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
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.
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Gates' Defense Budget ‘Disarms America’ And ‘Cuts Funding For Our Troops In The Field’  —  In a YouTube video that is getting linked around the conservative blogosphere, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) attacked Defense Secretary Robert Gates' 2010 defense budget recommendations …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rudy vs. Obama, Keynes  —  Rudy Giuliani said Obama had gotten off to a “tough start” and criticized the notion of spending during a recession in an interview with Don Imus this morning.  —  “The measures that he's taken don't seem to me to be the measures that would be needed to an economy that's …
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
In Twelfth Night Mock Trial, Malvolio Loses  —  It was an evening of high farce before the high court at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C. on Monday night.  Three Supreme Court justices and five other federal judges, comprising the “Supreme Court of Illyria …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 
 
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