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The Supreme Court announced today that it would hear appeals of two laws, one state and one federal, regarding same-sex marriage.  The constitutionality of California's Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be the focus of the two cases being heard.  Proponents of both sides of the cases are optimistic that the Justice Department has agreed to hear their arguments.

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Quote of note

"This is not a progress report because there is not progress to report." - House Speaker John Boehner, at a press conference after the House of Representatives failed to reach a compromise with a looming fiscal cliff.

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