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Bachmann facing congressional probe: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing campaign funds. Her lawyer said there "are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing."

Two Democratic senators announce support for same-sex marriage: Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) announced their support for gay marriage, as the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the matter on Tuesday.

Agree to disagree? Americans expressed contrasting views about the Supreme Court's political ideology in a new Pew Research Center poll, with a 40 percent plurality saying the court is "middle of the road" and 46 percent saying it is liberal or conservative. Forty-five percent of conservative Republicans said the Court is liberal, while 48 percent of liberal Democrats said it is conservative.

Strong support for Rand Paul's position on drones: A substantial majority of Americans (79 percent) said they support Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s position that drone strikes should not be used on American soil against Americans suspected of terrorism, according to a new Gallup poll. In an effort to gain further clarity about the Obama administration's position on the matter, Paul launched a marathon filibuster earlier this month.

Clinton for Greuel: Bill Clinton endorsed Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. Greuel was an aide to Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros during the Clinton administration. Greuel, the city controller, faces City Councilman Eric Garcetti in a May 21 runoff that is technically nonpartisan, though both candidates identify as Democrats. If she wins, Greuel would be the city's first female mayor.

Biden visiting South Carolina: Vice President Biden is headed to South Carolina in the days before the special election featuring Elizabeth Colbert Busch, timing Colbert Busch's campaign called “coincidental.”

Family ties: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's lesbian cousin will attend Tuesday's hearing on Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage law. The cousin, Jean Podrasky, lives in California and wants to marry her partner.


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