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New York Times:
Gay Marriage Approved by N.Y. Senate  —  ALBANY — Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed, and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
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NY Daily News:
Gay marriage legal in New York State after Senate passes historic bill 33-29  —  ALBANY - New York made history last night as the State Senate voted “aye” on gay marriage.  —  Senators passed the bill 33 to 29 as the normally somnolent chambers erupted in a raucous chant of “USA!  USA!”
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — The Cuomo administration and legislative leaders have reached agreement on language to protect religious institutions from obligations to recognize same-sex marriage, two people involved in the negotiations said on Friday afternoon …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Cuomo signs N.Y. gay marriage bill  —  Striking what advocates believe is a historic victory for gay rights, the New York state senate Friday approved same-sex marriage, bringing New York a promised governor's signature away from being the sixth and largest state to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
New York Conservative Party Chairman Predicts Passage of Same Sex Marriage Bill  —  Mike Long, the chairman of the New York Conservative Party and a leading opponent of the bill to institue same sex marriage in New York, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the bill will likely pass “by the end of the night.”
ThinkProgress:
New York Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill: Population Living Under Equality More Than Doubles  —  Moments ago, in a vote of 33 to 29, the New York Senate passed a marriage equality bill, thereby doubling the number of Americans living in a state where gay and lesbian people can marry.
Mary Snow / CNN:   New York legislators approve same-sex marriage
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Dems Provide Fresh Detail On High-Income Tax Proposal That Led GOP To Abandon Debt Talks  —  Two of the top Democrats in Congress are calling out their Republican counterparts for abandoning high-stakes debt talks, and have provided new details about the tax proposals that sent the GOP packing.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Rep. McCarthy to Obama: ‘Get off the golf course’ and ‘get engaged’  —  The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress.  —  “He's got to get off …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt-ceiling talks public
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
House's McCarthy Says Obama Must ‘Show Leadership’ in Deficit Negotiations
Discussion: The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Dems demand revenue
Katya Wachtel / CNBC:
Here's What Happened at That Big Dinner With Obama and the Hedge Funders  —  Last night Obama headed to the Upper East Side to wine and dine Wall Street.  —  The DNC fundraiser at tony restaurant Daniel cost attendees $35,800 each, and a source told Ben White at Morning Money that the event netted $2.4 million.
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Ben White / The Politico:
First look: Fear over Greece grows - New this morning: Bernanke numbers drop - Hot this morning: Oil bounces back - Boehner under pressure  —  MIND MELD: WHY WALL STREET HATES WASHINGTON - Bring up Washington's understanding of financial markets around Wall Street and you get rolled eyes and four-letter words.
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Photo: Stonewall.  Right now. 42 years later.  —  From G-A-Y pal Scott Wooledge:  —  [@Clarknt67]  —  Chills.  —  Another view, courtesy of Mel England:  —  [@melengland]
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
President ‘becoming an absolute monarch’ on war powers, Dem says  —  A House Democrat warned Friday that the U.S. president is becoming an “absolute monarch” on matters related to the authority to start a war.  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Congress must act to limit funding …
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JSOnline:
Walker cancels budget bill-signing at firm run by felon  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Gov. Scott Walker has called off plans to sign the 2011-'13 budget bill at a private Green Bay-area company run by an executive with six felony convictions, a spokesman announced today.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
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Richard Natale / Variety:
‘Columbo’ star Peter Falk dies at 83  —  Veteran actor own five Emmys, four for popular detective role  —  Peter Falk, the Emmy- and Tony-winning stage, screen and TV actor, best known to world audiences as the always-underestimated police detective in the long-running telepic series …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Reaping what they've sown  —  Georgia Republicans recently passed a very harsh anti-immigrant measure into law, successfully driving a lot of undocumented workers out of the state.  Republicans who championed the measure said the new law would improve Georgia's economy.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi  —  The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.  The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops …
Matthew Zeitlin / The New Republic:
The Debt Ceiling: Why Obama Should Just Ignore It  —  With a Republican-controlled House demanding large cuts in present and future spending in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling, the possibility that the federal government will have trouble financing and issuing new debt is becoming more frighteningly likely each day.
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A.Killough / CNN:
GOP candidates talk abortion  —  (CNN) - In a presidential race thus far centered on the economy, nearly half of the 2012 GOP field took a break Friday to turn the election's spotlight on abortion.  —  Five candidates appeared-in person or via Skype-at the National Right to Life convention in Jacksonville …
The Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter  —  In the coming months, we're going to retire two products that didn't catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models: Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013) …
 
 
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