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What a huge news day, what with the advance on state aid and marriage equality and everything else. Actually lots I didn’t get around to writing about today, some of which I’ll save for tomorrow:

• Lots of good responses from lawmakers to the overturning of Prop 8 in district court, but the President’s is a big nothingburger: White House spokesman Shin Inouye said, “The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.” Ugh. I agree with Nate Silver: Obama will look silly for opposing gay marriage in 20-30 years. Oh yeah, and happy birthday, Mr. President.

• Disregard the typo, but this is the first I’ve heard that the state fiscal aid bill would indeed slash $500 million (not billion) in Race to the Top funding. And yet Barack Obama, whose advisers promised a veto if RttT was slashed before, said nothing about this in his approving message. Looks like the brinksmanship lost (though I have to confirm this).

• Obama spoke at an AFL-CIO event today and asked the members to hang with him, despite their frustrations. He vowed to keep fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, the first time he’s mentioned it in almost a year. He also touted the House Democrats’ new manufacturing agenda, which include many White House investment priorities.

• Missouri, as expected, passed an initiative challenging the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, with 71% of the vote. Claire McCaskill responded by saying “Message received,” though I don’t think that means she’s on the repeal bandwagon or anything. This was largely a symbolic vote. Meanwhile, plaintiffs in the health care repeal lawsuits keep losing elections.

• Looks like Google and Verizon have teamed up to sell out the mobile Web, and allow content discrimination on it. Upshot here is that mobile phones are increasingly the Web device of choice, particularly for minorities, who presumably can access a phone easier and more cheaply than a computer.

• State governments are adding straight pay cuts on top of furloughs for state workers. These only reduce consumer spending and roll back economic recovery. And this kind of insecurity in private and public-sector jobs can explain the sharp increase in the nation’s savings rate.

• The ACLU and CCR got their license from the Treasury Department so they can defend Anwar al-Awlaki in a case challenging the government’s authority to undertake extra-judicial assassinations on American citizens.

• House Democrats begin to organize for the elections. Their superior strategies are probably good for a point or two overall.

• Joe Klein is pretty good here talking about Iraq. Hopefully he can bring the same moral authority to Afghanistan, where Pakistan’s leader says the world is losing.

• Is USAID training Sri Lankans to become offshore IT workers? In this economy?

• There’s definitely a deal in the works from Mitch McConnell to move some judges, but whether the President agrees to it is another matter.

• Tim Geithner got a little partisan today in a speech at CAP.

• What do you know, coal miners don’t appreciate the guy running to be their Senator beg off safety rules for coal miners. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work the way it does in Rand Paul’s head, where workers can simply choose not to work at an unsafe mine. The word “monopoly” ring a bell?

• ABC is standing strongly behind Christiane Amanpour in the face of Tom Shales’ baseless attacks. Good.

• Marriage equality, Pete Hoekstra loses an election, and now, will the DoJ sue Joe Arpaio? This day is getting better and better!

Fascinating story about Los Angeles-area efforts to stop long-term chronic homelessness.

• Forgot to hit this when it happened, but yes, the war on pot brownies is ridiculous. Congress is still out of their minds when it comes to the drug war. The fact that Mexico’s President is having an adult conversation about legalization doesn’t seem to matter.

• The Pentagon will have its revenge on Rolling Stone stringer Michael Hastings, who ended up writing the article that took out Stanley McChrystal.

• Shorter nutjob Republicans: biking is like the UN.

• Great news on new solar power technology. Last week it was revealed that solar is now cheaper than nuclear.

• Michael Steele hitting up ambassadors for chats is just hilarity personified.

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