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12:25 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.
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 and GayPatriot
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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
New York legalizes same-sex marriage in win for gay rights advocates
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
N.Y. legalizes gay marriage
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
New York Conservative Party Chairman Predicts Passage of Same Sex Marriage Bill
CNN:   New York governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
Mary Snow / CNN:   New York legislators approve same-sex marriage
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Gay marriage bill moves to New York senate floor
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Las Vegas Blog and Salon
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 …
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 and ARC Entertainment announced today that Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will attend the premiere …
Discussion: Fox Nation
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
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?”
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 …
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
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit and AMERICAN DIGEST
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 …
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?
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
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
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.
Jordan Howard / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann Takes Swipe At Romney On Abortion … WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Friday that the 2012 elections was not the time for Republicans to nominate someone with a wavering record on abortion, alluding to one of her competitors in the race.
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.
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