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2:50 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
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Gay Marriage Voted In
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
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.
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: Michelle Malkin and Fox Nation
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin to Iowa for movie debut
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?”
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Congress v. the President on war powers … Would this be an example of a President misleading the nation into an (illegal) war?  Or did the goal of the war radically change oh-so-unexpectedly a mere few weeks after it began?  Everyone can make up their own mind about which is more likely.
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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?
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: 'We can't simply cut our way to prosperity'  —  Spurring the economy will take investments, as well as spending cuts, President Obama said Saturday his weekly address.  —  “We can't simply cut our way to prosperity,” Obama said.  “We need to do what's necessary to grow our economy …
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 …
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
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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