The top story in the Boston Globe: “Obama rejects Defense of Marriage Act,” calling it “an unexpected victory” for “gay-rights activists.”
“House Republicans blasted President Barack Obama for deeming a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, calling Wednesday’s decision a political stunt and a distraction from fiscal issues,” Roll Call adds. “ ‘While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation,’ Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said in a statement.”
(Um, what about Pence’s measure to defund Planned Parenthood?)
The New York Times: "For Mr. Obama, who opposes same-sex marriage but has said repeatedly that his views are 'evolving,' there are political implications as well. Coming on the heels of his push for Congress to repeal the 'don’t ask, don’t tell' law barring the military from allowing gay people to serve openly, the administration’s move seems likely to intensify the long-running cultural clash over same-sex marriage as the 2012 political campaign is heating up."
Journalists not given clearance to report on the unrest in Libya will be considered “Al Qaida collaborators” by the Libyan government, according to the U.S. State Department.
If the United States were a corporation, it would be worth negative $44 trillion. That’s according to the forthcoming Bloomberg News/Business Week cover story by Mary Meeker, which will be out later this morning. The U.S.’s biggest problems, according to Meeker, are entitlement spending, debt, and underinvestment in education and technology. (Of course, government isn't a business…)