The Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on Prop 8 and DOMA. My colleague Emily Bazelon will be in the courtroom; I will be outside, today covering a rally by same-sex marriage’s stalwart foes.
Steve Dennis talks to Mary Landrieu (at 5 a.m.!) about why a built-to-embarrass Ted Cruz amendment made Democrats so angry. In the very recent past, this gambit of getting a party to oppose an amendment then attacking its candidates over the least charitable interpretation of that vote has yielded mixed results.
The NYT discovers that Christine Quinn, odds-on favorite to become the next (and first female, first gay) mayor of New York, has a temper. It’s the sort of story that can endear a pol to the voters who should, or do, mistrust her. (In this case, Quinn’s opposition to family sick leave has been attacked for a national audience, on Chris Hayes’ show.)
Michael Kranish profiles Washington’s stasis through the damp eyes of Bob Dole.
Media Matters goes to war with Ira Glass over a story about Social Security disability benefits.