"President Obama mandated Thursday that nearly all hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and respect patients' choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans," the Washington Post writes. "The president directed the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation in a memo that was e-mailed to reporters Thursday night while he was at a fundraiser in Miami."
The New York Times: "The rules will take time to draft and put in place, and so Mr. Obama's order will have no immediate effect. Even so, gay rights groups called it a major advance for the families of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals."
Per NBC's Norah O'Donnell, Obama really raked it in last year with $5.5 million in reported income -- mostly due to his book sales. Going back to Carter, no other president in recent history has made as much money in office. Also, Vice President Biden made $333,000 dollars last year, paid $71,000 to Uncle Sam, and gave just $4,820 to charity. The Bidens gave just about 1.5% of the income to charity, but Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander told O'Donnell that the Bidens' tax returns are "not the sum of their annual contributions to charity. They donate to their churches, and they contribute to many causes with their time, as well as their checkbooks."