The Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, finds the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges say the law interferes with the right of states to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples.
- Private U.S. payrolls picked up less than expected last month as jobless claims rose, and first-quarter economic growth was softer than earlier reported, deflating hopes for economic recovery.
- As evidence of what a huge choice we don't face in the November election, Mitt Romney is having trouble differentiating how his foreign policy would differ from Barack Obama's. This is a nice add-on to the trouble he has separating his health policy from that of the incumbent.
- The euro currency union is "unsustainable," warns Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank. He called on governments to reduce deficits, enact reforms and chart a new vision for the union.
- Because you would never think of buying two, or going back for a refill, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg, the man taking the shine off the apple, wants to ban the sale of sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, street carts and other venues.
- Saying the FBI has never formally served papers on Megaupload accusing it of a crime, Kim Dotcom, head of the file-sharing company, has asked the court to throw out all charges. New Zealand's high court is already angry that FBI officials were allowed to take evidence meant to be kept in the country in "secure custody," and that officials used the wrong law to seize assets.
- The shooting of Patricia A. Cook of Culpeper, Virginia, by a police officer during a confrontation in a church parking lot has, shockingly, resulted in a murder charge against the unnamed cop. The officer's mother faces prosecution for attempting to purge negative information from his personnel file.
- The mainstream media staggers on, as the New York Times struggles with top-heavy management and a valuation that has plummeted from $7 billion to under $1 billion (about half what Pandora is worth). Meanwhile, CNN hits 20-year ratings lows.
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