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Vermont has followed Iowa's lead, becoming the fourth state to make same-sex marriage legal. On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature overturned Gov. Jim Douglas' veto with one more vote than was needed to make it official.

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Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about to be impeached on grounds of loopiness, obnoxiousness and a bad haircut? It is unclear to me what else Blagojevich has done that a duly constituted jury would find illegal.

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Is Jerry Brown just doing his job, or is he trying to be all things to all Californians? The attorney general said in a statement that the state's high court should review the recently passed gay marriage ban, but until then, " The public interest would be better served by allowing Proposition 8 to remain in effect ".

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In post-Nixonian American politics, you're nobody unless you're associated with a scandal replete with shadowy intrigue and danger and commonly referred to in the press with the suffix -gate. Good thing John McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin, comes equipped with her own: Troopergate.

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Florida has dropped plans to hold a revote because, in the words of the state party chair: "The consensus is clear: Florida doesn't want to vote again." That's a setback for Hillary Clinton, who probably would have picked up delegates in the Sunshine State. Another revote proposal is stalling in Michigan, the other state with a disputed delegation.

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A California senator is working to push a bill through the state's legislative channels that would make global warming a required study topic in California public schools, but detractors maintain that the science behind Sen. Joe Simitian's proposed academic addition is unclear.

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