Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- The Minnesota House might vote as early as this afternoon to place a proposed Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union of one man and one woman before the voters in 2012. The Minnesota Senate has already approved the measure. Even before the House opened at 9 a.m. this morning both supporters and opponents of the amendment were lined up with placards defending their position. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is pleading with all Minnesotans to get involved today: “This issue could be taken up by the House of Representatives as early as this afternoon. We urgently need thousands of our supporters to email Republican legislators in Minnesota right away.” Visit this action page at NOM to get involved.
- On the topic of marriage, you can read my latest column at Headline Bistro: “Same-sex marriage is not inevitable.”
- And speaking of Minnesota, to no one’s surprise, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will formally announce he’s running for President on Monday with a speech in Iowa.
- Today marks 60 days since President Obama notified Congress under the War Powers Act that he sent American troops into action against Libya. Jaime Dupree of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes: “And since the Congress has not authorized such military action, technically, U.S. military action must cease against Libya. So far though, the White House has not said anything publicly about how it will deal with this 60 day time frame, which was put into law during the Vietnam War by the Congress – passed over the veto of President Richard Nixon.”
- Bill McGurn unloads on Dick Notebaert, Notre Dame’s Chairman of the Board, for defending the decision to invite Roxanne Martino to serve on ND’s Board. Martino gave large sums of cash to Emily’s List, which should disqualify her from serving on the Board, McGurn says. “On the home page of it’s website, Emily’s List asks you to ‘HELP US ELECT PRO-CHOICE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN.’ Pace Mr. Notebaert, this is not a group that ‘also takes’ a view on abortion. Abortion is the issue here. Emily’s List has no other purpose. This is America’s premier group for electing pro-choice Democratic women. If Ms. Martino in her innocence truly did not realize that elementary fact about an exceptionally well-established political group that she chose to give her money to, is this a person who belongs on a university’s board of trustees? And what does her decision to support that group over several years say about Mr. Notebaert’s claim that she is not pro-choice?”