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Let Me Start: Decision Day

The U.S. Supreme Court will make history today when it issues rulings in two critical gay marriage cases. The Court will announces its decisions at 10 am eastern on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage.
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The U.S. Supreme Court will make history today when it issues rulings in two critical gay marriage cases. The Court will announces its decisions at 10 am eastern on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court will make history today when it issues rulings in two critical gay marriage cases. The Court will announces its decisions at 10 am eastern on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and California’s Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage. American public opinion has dramatically shifted in the past several years and is far more accepting of gay rights. Will the Court follow suit?

Rep. Ed Markey won the special election for Senate in Massachusetts. Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez 55% to 45% in an election that was never really in doubt. And while Markey’s victory doesn’t change the balance of power in the Senate, it was crucial for Democrats to hold the seat after John Kerry left to become Secretary of State, and it gives Republicans a harder path to win control of the Senate in 2014.

Kerry is taking a softer approach with Russia as the U.S. tries to track NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who’s charged with espionage.

Despite gaining traction in the Senate, immigration reform is very much in limbo in the House. Republicans there say they feel no urgency to move quickly on immigration, especially considering a majority of Senate Republicans is still opposed to it.

Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa, has won a dubious distinction from his Democratic colleagues.

A new Quinnipiac poll for 2016 finds Hillary Clinton in a tight race against several Republicans in Ohio.

Finally, Anthony Weiner has vaulted to the front of the pack in the New York mayors race, according to a new WNBC/Wall Street Journal poll.