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1:50 PM ET, June 25, 2011

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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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The arc of history bends towards justice in N.Y.  —  Six down, 44 to go. … The final vote was 33 to 29.  New York joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia as the only places in the U.S. where same-sex couples can get legally married.
NY Daily News:
Gay marriage legal in New York State after Senate passes historic bill 33-29
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and GayPatriot
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
New York legalizes same-sex marriage in win for gay rights advocates
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
CNN:   New York governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
Mary Snow / CNN:   New York legislators approve same-sex marriage
City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michelle Obama: “Fortunately, We Have Help From The Media”  —  In an interview with CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama thanks the media for their “support” and “kindness.”  CNN reporter: “How's the family ready for this [the election]?  It's going to be quite vicious, isn't it?  How do you prepare for that?”
Dianeclohesy / Victory Film Group:
GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN TO ATTEND PREMIERE OF THE UNDEFEATED AT PELLA OPERA HOUSE IN PELLA, IOWA  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2011)- Victory Film Group VictoryFilmGroup.com and ARC Entertainment announced today that Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will attend the premiere …
Discussion: Fox Nation
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin to Iowa for movie debut  —  Washington (CNN) — When the Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” makes its premiere in Iowa next week, the film's star will be on hand for the big debut.  —  The production company behind the film announced Saturday that Palin and her husband Todd …
Discussion: The Note
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Queen of the Tea Party  —  The presidential campaign of Michele Bachmann  —  If she'd fallen backward, she'd have been killed.  It was September 2009, during her second term in Congress, and a magazine had sent a photographer to shoot Michele Bachmann.  He escorted her to the third floor rotunda …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Failure of Al Gore: Part One  —  It must be as perplexing to his many admirers as it is frustrating to himself that a man of Vice President Gore's many talents, great skills and strong beliefs is one of the most consistent losers in American politics.  —  “All political careers end in failure …
Bill Lueders / host.madison.com:
Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow justice by the neck  —  Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to at least three knowledgeable sources.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Speechworld vs. Realworld  —  The Democrats seem to have given up on budgets.  Hey, who can blame them?  They've got a ballpark figure: Let's raise $2 trillion in revenue every year, and then spend $4 trillion.  That seems to work pretty well, so why get hung up on a lot of fine print?
Ynetnews:
Report: Bushehr experts killed in Russian plane crash  —  Iranian nuclear efforts suffer major setback as five leading figures in design of its nuclear facilities perish in crash  —  Five Russian scientists who assisted in the design of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant were among …
Agence France Presse:
Lebanon Sunni clergy reject domestic abuse law  —  BEIRUT — Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim authority on Friday rejected a bill aimed at protecting women against domestic violence and marital rape, saying it would lead to the demise “of the family as in the West.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Jihad Watch
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 …
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Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
House's McCarthy Says Obama Must ‘Show Leadership’ in Deficit Negotiations
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt-ceiling talks public
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
The Facts About Fracking  —  The real risks of the shale gas revolution, and how to manage them.  —  The U.S. is in the midst of an energy revolution, and we don't mean solar panels or wind turbines.  A new gusher of natural gas from shale has the potential to transform U.S. energy production …
New York Times:
A Sense of Euphoria Settles on the West Village  —  Passage of the same-sex marriage bill by New York lawmakers brought dancing in the streets of the West Village on Friday night.  —  Crowds gathered, screamed and embraced in Sheridan Square outside the Stonewall Inn, where the gay rights movement began 42 years ago.
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 3
Jordan Howard / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann Takes Swipe At Romney On Abortion
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Photo: Stonewall. Right now. 42 years later.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Indianapolis Star:
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
George Soros gives $75K to House super PAC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Reaping what they've sown  —  Georgia Republicans recently passed …
Scott McCartney / The Middle Seat Terminal:
Blame Saudi Arabia, not Delta, for Policy on Jews
Discussion: Poynter and The Huffington Post
Matthew Zeitlin / The New Republic:
The Debt Ceiling: Why Obama Should Just Ignore It
Discussion: Firedoglake