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2:50 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.
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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 …
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
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.”
CNN:
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
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote  —  Speaks of David and Goliath fight, Catholic politicians and the ‘heresy’ of ‘personally opposed but,’ and the role of conscience.  —  New York state has been teetering on the edge of redefining marriage.  With just days, and possibly hours …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Cuomo signs N.Y. gay marriage bill
ThinkProgress:
New York Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill: Population Living Under Equality More Than Doubles
Mary Snow / CNN:   New York legislators approve same-sex marriage
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
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 …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Despite vote, majority of Congressmen want to defund the Libya war
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
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 …
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Jordan Howard / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann Takes Swipe At Romney On Abortion
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.
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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Indianapolis Star:
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood
Scott McCartney / The Middle Seat Terminal:
Blame Saudi Arabia, not Delta, for Policy on Jews
Daily Mail:
Woman dies of heart attack caused by shock of waking up at her OWN funeral
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
Bodega bouquets for Huma
Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison
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New York Review of Books:
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Romney Goes Classic