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10:00 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 …
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 …
Vermont gets gay marriage the right way
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
David Roberts / Grist:
Washington Post reporters call out George Will for lying in Washington Post 2  — TWITTER - NEWSVINE - GOOGLE BOOKMARKS - STUMBLEUPON  —  [SEE UPDATE BELOW]  —  Today, Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan have a piece on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice.
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
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.
Dr. Slammy / Scholars and Rogues:
Caller clowns Rush, Rush clowns Republicans
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Michael Ausiello /
‘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:
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Actor Kal Penn's surprise suicide on ‘House’ opens way to job with Obama White House
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Lynn Sweet:   Actor Kal Penn joining Obama administration in Valerie Jarrett's shop.
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 …
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
They're All Arlen Specter Now  —  A propos of my earlier post on the Times poll and the deep unpopularity of the Republican party, I was trying to think of a framework that captured the no-enemies-on-the-right dynamic that seems to be pushing the GOP further and further into the political wilderness.
Little Green Footballs:
About Glenn Beck's Extremist Rhetoric
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Americans More Optimistic; Still Hate GOP
Discussion: The Other McCain
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, Hot Air, CBS News and MoJo Blog Posts
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Absentees push Franken's Senate lead to 312
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Gates on the Defense Budget
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.
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's word play  —  The administration has created a lexicon that masks reality through the gauzy world of euphemism.  To the world, it's just words.  —  President Obama had a grand time in Europe.  He wowed the press, met the queen, gave some wonderful news conferences and got virtually none …
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Greg Hengler /
VP Biden: 'There Is A 'War On Terror"
Discussion: Hot Air
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
U.S. Lawmakers Meet With Castros, Push for New Policy on Cuba  —  Three lawmakers who are members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba this week to encourage greater dialogue between the U.S. and the communist nation.  —  —  WASHINGTON — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
CBC members praise Castro
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died  —  Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton-wielding police officer  —  Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died …
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.
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 …
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
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Howard Stern endorses Arlen Specter
Discussion: The Marathon Blog and TPMDC
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Biden takes aim at Bush administration
Discussion: The Swamp
Ann Althouse / Chicago Tribune:
Barney Frank is all wrong on Scalia's dissent
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
At What Point Did Republicans Become the Party of Bed-Wetting Hysterics?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and CNN
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
At Gun Show, Conservatives Panic About Obama
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Without Bush, the jokes don't click
 Earlier Items: 
The Brickyard:
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Scarborough Lies About Obama: 'We Have A President Who Has Never …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Times Editor: Lack Of Disclosure On Merkin Op-Ed Is No Big Deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board