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- The U.S. Supreme Court is once again surrounded by court-watchers, protesters and others as it prepares to hear the second of two cases on discrimination against same-sex couples. Today the court will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court will again make available same-day audio of the proceedings, available here.
- As expected, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a restrictive bill to require photo ID to vote, one of the strictest in the country.
- Meanwhile, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed his state’s voter ID bill, although Republicans in the legislature have said they will override it.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice convicted on several corruption charges related to her judicial election has voluntarily resigned from her post.
- The Senate is now on a two-week recess, but lest Obama try to appoint any of his many held-up nominees during the break, Senate leaders and the White House reached a deal not to recess appoint anyone.
- A Colorado bill to abolish the death penalty that had the votes last week to pass out of committee was killed Tuesday after Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) voiced opposition.