The Note

"Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage issue expect a legal fight on out-of-state applicants for licenses, so Reilly's pronouncement yesterday will hardly be the last word. Still, if only residents of Massachusetts and a few other states can obtain marriage licenses, the breadth of the Supreme Judicial Court ruling will be sharply limited from what was originally envisioned by gay-marriage supporters."

The Boston Globe's Phillips writes of a political v. legal argument happening in the Bay State now as well. In the same press conference, Attorney General Reilly accused Gov. Mitt Romney of "of trying to force political arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court by trying to seek a delay of the court's gay-marriage ruling." LINK

The politics of immigration:

The Wall Street Journal editorial board is outraged by the political antics that were played out on Karl Rove's front lawn the other day.

"It's hard to know which is more outrageous here: the thuggery or the stupidity. The thuggery we've mentioned. But let's not discount the stupidity. Mr. Rove serves a President who has proved himself willing to buck a significant part of his own coalition by pushing a forward-looking, pro-immigration plan. To put it another way, what we had on Sunday was the spectacle of immigration "leaders" directing their ire at the most pro-immigration Administration in recent memory."

Note to the WSJ folks: we appreciate the narrative power of the neighbor's kid's story, but we aren't really sure how you think that could have been researched by the protesters.

The politics of TANF:

"Over strenuous objections from the White House, the Senate voted on Tuesday for a significant increase in money to provide child care to welfare recipients and other low-income families," writes Robert Pear on the front page of the New York Times and he Notes Sen./Dr./Leader Frist was among the renegade Republicans. LINK


John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal looks beyond presidential politics and introduces you (as if you haven't already met them) to Barack Obama and Dino Rossi, two statewide candidate stars of this cycle.

The Wall Street Journal looks at an attempt to get stem cell research on the November ballot in California. "For the first time, advocates are bypassing government officials and asking voters directly to approve public funding for controversial, cutting-edge scientific research. If successful, the initiative could change the U.S. scientific landscape and send a message that the White House faces significant dissent over its decision not to provide federal funds for some stem-cell research."

The Wall Street Journal's Fialka writes up the poorly reviewed prosecution rate at the Environmental Protection Agency. "Management and morale problems in the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement branch are hindering the government's ability to enforce its environmental laws, an advocacy group says in a new report."

The Washington Post's Dan Keating Notes "the Pentagon has decided to drop a $22 million pilot plan to test Internet voting for 100,000 American military personnel and civilians living overseas after lingering security concerns, officials said yesterday." LINK

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reports that the U.S. Public Research Interest Group stated yesterday that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to act against nationwide violations of the Clean Water Act. LINK

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