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10:40 AM 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
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.
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.
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:
Historic N.Y. vote is a win for Cuomo, gay rights activists  —  Striking what advocates believe is a historic victory for gay rights, New York on Friday approved same-sex marriage, making the Empire State 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.”
New York governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law  —  Albany, New York (CNN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state's marriage equality bill hours after it passed the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday night, making it the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
New York legalizes same-sex marriage in win for gay rights advocates  —  The New York Senate voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, delivering a significant victory to the gay rights movement and making New York the largest state to permit such unions.  —  Given the state's population …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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
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
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
House's McCarthy Says Obama Must ‘Show Leadership’ in Deficit Negotiations
Discussion: The Page
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Despite vote, majority of Congressmen want to defund the Libya war  —  Obama administration officials are claiming a partial victory today because the House rejected a measure to defund the Libya war, even after rejecting a separate measure that would have authorized the war.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi
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.
Indianapolis Star:
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood  —  A federal judge has halted enforcement of a law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other entities that provide abortions.  —  The ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Friday night means Planned Parenthood …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Wire
New York Review of Books:
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Discussion: Pacific Views