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national lead

March 25th, 2013
05:49 PM ET

What to expect in the Supreme Court's Prop 8, DOMA hearings

They are cases that were always destined to go to the Supreme Court, and could set precedents that will determine once and for all whether gays and lesbians can get married in this country. Tomorrow, the nine justices will hear arguments over California's Proposition 8, the law that voters passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in that state. And on Wednesday, the court will hear a separate case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman in 1996.

At least one of the nine on the court has a personal connection to this issue. Chief Justice John Roberts has a cousin from San Drancisco who is a lesbian and reportedly wants to marry her partner. She will be in the room, as Roberts' guest, during the Proposition 8 arguments.

Legal analyst and CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin has more on what to expect in these two cases in the video above.

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Filed under: National Lead

world lead

March 25th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Conspiracies swirl over death of Russian exile

As Russian investigators try to figure out what killed a man the Kremiln dubbed an "enemy of the state," friends and allies of Boris Berezovsky passionately insist it isn't a matter of what killed him, but who.

The exiled Russian billionaire was found dead at his home in England over the weekend. Some speculate he died of a heart attack, others suspect it was suicide, but it is clear that no matter what the investigation reveals, there are those who will always believe Berezovsky's contentious relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is what ultimately cost him his life.

After all, history has shown us it is always better play nice with mother Russia.

CNN's Phil Black has the story.

Filed under: World Lead

sports lead

March 25th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

#You're It: Tweet a new Harvard cheer

Thanks to all who played #You're it on Friday. We asked the Twitterverse to come up with a better cheer for the Harvard basketball team, fresh off their first-ever victory in the NCAA tournament on Thursday. We want to send a big thanks to all tweeps who responded, and a hat tip to those who made air: @ScottDismuke who tweeted the cheer: Don't be sad, don't be blue, we beat you, and we're smarter, too. And @christinawrites tweeted: Go Crimson! ... Well at least we've got most of the Supreme Court!

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Filed under: Sports Lead
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