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The move to legalize same-sex marriage was moving faster than the most optimistic supporters expected until US Supreme Court rulings two weeks ago. Did the court accelerate the process, as many advocates have concluded, or apply the brakes? Also, Congress, the farm bill and the nuclear option. On Today's Talking Point, are "wounded warriors" getting the pay they deserve?

Banner image: Proposition 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, June 30, 2013. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Caitlin Shamberg
Kerry Cavanaugh
Sonya Geis

Making News Congress, the Farm Bill and the Nuclear Option 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Since Congress returned from its Fourth of July recess, it's back to business as usual. One long-time observer calls it a "wrecking ball factory." He's David Hawkings, former managing editor at CQ Weekly, now blogger for Roll Call at "Hawkings Here."

David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)

Main Topic Same-Sex Marriage: The US Supreme Court and the States 34 MIN, 30 SEC

Two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy used soaring rhetoric to declare the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a women, violated the Constitution. But that only applied to denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. Gay marriage, he said, is up to the states, and only 13 states have made it legal — while it's banned in 29 state constitutions. (The Court also restored same-sex marriage in California.) In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that state bans on same-sex marriage would soon be ended. We hear how Kennedy's conflicted ruling has led to state-by-state battles, in a war that may not end until another US Supreme Court decision. 

Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)
Richard Carlbom, Freedom to Marry (@richardcarlbom)
Thomas Peters, National Organization for Marriage (@AmericanPapist)
Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University (@NorthwesternLaw)

Today's Talking Point Defense Department Accounting Leaves Soldiers without Pay 8 MIN, 43 SEC

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously said $2.3 trillion in Pentagon spending could not be accounted for. That was before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now it turns out the Pentagon can't accurately pay its soldiers in the civilian reserve or on active duty, including those wounded in combat. Sometimes they get too much, sometimes too little, and the consequences run from the irritating to the tragic. Scot Paltrow is special enterprise correspondent for Reuters News Service, reporting a series on Defense Department accounting.

Scot Paltrow, Reuters News Service (@ScotPaltrow)


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