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No Easy Way Out

“When President Obama declared from the Oval Office that the Deepwater Horizon blowout “is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced,” he was giving this crisis historic stature and perhaps also missing the point (watch it here).”

Opponents of same-sex marriage ask Prop. 8 judge to invalidate 18,000 marriages of gay couples.

“As Judge Vaughn Walker prepares to hear closing arguments today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case against California’s Proposition 8, supporters of the measure are urging him to “go a step further and revoke state recognition of the marriages of 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who wed before” voters stripped same-sex couples of their right to marry in November 2008.”

When asked about Obama’s prayer for the Gulf, Gingrich says he ‘hopes he means it.’

“Last night, Obama delivered a national address on BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. “We pray for the people of the Gulf, and we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a greater day,” Obama said. This morning, Fox and Friends invited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find fault with Obama’s prayer. The hosts asked Gingrich — whose new book warns that progressives are trying to impose a “secular socialist machine” — about some content in Obama’s speech “that you might’ve found surprising, his references to God.” Gingrich expressed skepticism about Obama’s intent. “Well, I hope he means it,” he said. “

Poll: Obama’s doing OK overall, but not on the Gulf spill

“While 50 percent of the American people approve of how President Barack Obama is doing his job overall, a 41 percent plurality disapproves of how he’s handling the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and only 33 percent approve, according to a new Ipsos-McClatchy poll”

FNM, FRE to Be Delisted From New York Stock Exchange

“This morning, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises that support the housing market, to delist “their common and preferred stock from the New York Stock Exchange and any other national securities exchange.””

Reid Withdraws Cloture on Jobs Bill; Pared-Back Version Coming

“Yesterday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) withdrew his request for a cloture vote to end debate on the pending jobs bill, which continues the emergency extension of unemployment insurance, Medicaid funding for states and Medicare payments for doctors.”

E.U. Tries to Balance Terror War and Privacy

“The European Commission proposed ways to safeguard information used by the authorities to track the finances of terrorism suspects, as concerns mount over how to balance protecting privacy with combating terrorism.”

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