First Prop 8, Now DOMA: One day after hearing a challenge to California’s same-sex marriage ban, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act—DOMA— the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At yesterday’s hearing, six justices suggested the timing of the case challenging Prop 8 may be wrong, and suggested they may vote to dismiss it.
North Dakota’s Republican governor has signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion law, which essentially bans abortion after six weeks.
South Dakota Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson will retire, setting up a major Senate fight in a state President Obama lost last year by a wide margin.
Guns: Politico asks a provocative question—has Washington waited too long after the massacre at Sandy Hook to do something about gun safety?
President Obama made history by appointing the first woman to head the Secret Service. Julia Pierson is a 30-year veteran of the agency, and the president’s choice symbolizes his intention to re-make the male-centric culture of the agency, which was recently marred by scandal in Colombia.
Anger at Washington has reached a new high.
Finally, look what hot political story of 2012 is now a plot line on “Law and Order”.