Supreme Court hears gay marriage case: A conflicted Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of California's gay marriage ban, which was previously stuck down by a lower court. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, regarded as a potential swing vote, said the court was in "uncharted waters." If the Court does not weigh in,  it would likely lead to same-sex marriages resuming in the state. Below is the audio of the oral arguments. And here is a link to the transcript.

Johnson makes retirement plans official: Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) made his plans to retire official on Tuesday. “I will be 68 years old at the end of this term, and it is time for me to say goodbye,” he said in his home state. Meanwhile, the Senate Conservatives Fund said it won't support former governor Mike Rounds (R) in the race to replace Johnson. Keep an eye on Rep. Kristi Noem (R) (D), who hasn't ruled out a bid. On the Democratic side, the two names to watch are U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson (Sen. Johnson's son) and former congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who praised Sen. Johnson on Facebook Tuesday. Brendan Johnson told The Fix he won't be weighing in on his political future so long as he is in his current position. "As U.S. Attorney, I don't discuss politics," he said.

Obama to name first female Secret Service director: President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson to head the Secret Service. She'll become the first female director of the Secret Service.

Gingrey to announce Senate bid: Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) will announce Wednesday the he's running for retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss's seat, joining Rep. Paul Broun (R) in a field that is expected to grow.

Santorum for Bostic: Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed Curtis Bostic, the underdog candidate running against former governor Mark Sanford in South Carolina's 1st district GOP runoff. Santorum will campaign for Bostic.

Priebus weighs in on gay marriage: While the GOP platform opposes gay marriage, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told USA Today that supporters of gay marriage shouldn't be excluded from the party. "I don't believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics," he said.

Markey leads in new poll: Rep. Edward J. Markey (D) leads fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen F. Lynch 35 percent to 24 percent in a new WBUR/MassINC special election poll. More than four in 10 likely Democratic primary voters (41 percent) were undecided. Over on the Republican side, former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan leads the way with 28 percent, while all other candidates were at 10 percent or less. Forty-six percent of likely Republican voters were undecided.

Walker penning book: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is co-writing a book with former George W. Bush chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen. The book, due for release later this year, will detail Walker's fight with organized labor that culminated in a 2012 recall election. Theissen writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.

Strict new abortion law in North Dakota: North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) signed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The measure prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.


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