Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
The timing of the fundraiser President Barack Obama will attend in New York on Thursday with gay and lesbian supporters couldn’t be any better for supporters of gay marriage — or more awkward for a president conspicuously “evolving” on the issue.
Obama won’t — and, realistically, he can’t — completely avoid the looming vote in Albany on a bill to legalize gay marriage in New York, but he’s unlikely to dwell on the topic or explicitly endorse the policy. More likely, he will cite his support for civil unions and reiterate his long-held position that states have the right to pass whatever laws they see fit, according to a person familiar with the White House’s thinking.That's from Julie Mason and Glenn Thrush's "President Obama's gay marriage problem" (POLITICO). Realistically, he can do whatever he wants.