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Politics Today: Geithner Leaving Treasury Post?, Gay Marriage Fight Heads To New Jersey, And More

Tracy Bloom |
June 30, 2011 | 6:49 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may be on the way out of the Obama Administration after a deal to raise the debt ceiling is reached, CNN is reporting.

From CNN:

A Treasury official said that Geithner will not make any decisions while he's focused on negotiations over the debt limit and deficit reduction.

Another source familiar with the discussions between Geithner and the White House said it could be a while before Geithner's ultimate departure. "You have to have somebody lined up for the job -- you can't just leave," this source said. "And there's a relative scarcity of people who would fit the bill."

New regulations on abortion providers approved Thursday in Kansas has moved the state closer to becoming the first in the U.S. without a doctor's office or clinic to perform abortions. The new rules take effect Friday.

The Associated Press reported: "The law requires each to obtain a special license to continue performing abortions. The regulations tell providers what equipment and drugs they must stock and set space and temperature requirements for procedure and recovery rooms."

Abortion providers have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the state from enforcing the regulations. The providers are suing partly because they did not see the version of the regulations until last week, less than two weeks before they were to go into effect.

UPDATE: The New York Times reports that Kansas has issued a license to one of the three abortion clinics in that state that would allow it to continue operating.

Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will formally announce he's running for president Friday. McCotter is the third sitting House member to seek the presidency in 2012.

A week after New York legalized same-sex marriage, the fight for marriage equality appears to be headed to New Jersey next. Proponents of gay marriage are seeking to legalize it through the courts after it did not pass in the state Legislature last year.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports: "A New Jersey gay rights organization, seven same-sex couples and several of their children say they will file a suit in state Superior Court today demanding the partnerships be recognized not as civil unions, but as marriages." 

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has said he would veto any same-sex marriage legislation that made its way through the legislature, leaving the courts as the only realistic option, at least for now.

Was rock legend John Lennon, known for his pacifist views, actually a Republican? According to Southern California Public Radio, "a new documentary based on interviews with Lennon’s personal assistant, Fred Seaman, claims that the iconic rock star’s political views had evolved by the end of the 1970’s and that by the time Ronald Reagan was running for office Lennon had morphed into a Republican."

Said Seaman: “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter."



Craig Gillespie directed this true story about "the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

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