The Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal goverment from recognizing same-sex marriages, was found unconstitutional in a much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling. The court also turned away an appeal of lower-court rulings that found California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. County clerks in that state are expected to start issuing marriage licenses ASAP.
- The National Security Agency removed from the Web a "fact sheet" about surveillance that recent revelations have revealed to be untruthy.
- In retrospect, first-quarter GDP growth in the U.S. wasn't 2.4 percent after all, but only an anemic 1.8 percent. This is all quite … unexpected.
- Gregory Roseman, who worked as a deputy director of acquisitions at the Internal Revenue Service, invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked about $500 million in contracts channeled to a friend.
- The United Nations is oh-so-upset that underground chemists are finding willing customers for designer drugs. The role of prohibition in inspiring such chemical creativity goes unmentioned.
- The increasingly unpopular inhabitant of the White House is still concerned about how to get young Americans to sign up for expensive health plans they don't need, and is calling in professional athletes to make the pitch.
- The family of a pastor shot to death by a deputy in the parking lot of his own business will receive a $2 million settlement. The sheriff concedes no wrongdoing, of course.
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