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Obama agenda: Culture wars shift left?

Josh Gerstein: “The tide might be turning in favor of gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court will be swept up in it. For all the toasting in Washington and excitement among gay rights groups about the historic oral arguments this week, there’s still a chance the case could culminate in a loss.”

Elahe Izadi at National Journal: “If the Supreme Court effectively rules state gay marriage bans are unconstitutional, the issue could go a couple of ways. Just like with Roe v. Wade and abortion, gay marriage could remain a fixture in the public discourse long after a justice pens a majority opinion. Or it could move the debate onto the political back burner — and that would be a good thing for the GOP.”

Why? Because as Politico points out: “The culture wars are back, but this time with a significant twist: the left is picking the fights and, for the most part, enjoying being on the right side of public opinion.”

The AP: “The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says the federal government spent nearly $3.7 million on former presidents last year. That covers a $200,000 pension, compensation and benefits for office staff, and other costs like travel, office space and postage. The costliest former president? George W. Bush, who clocked in at just over $1.3 million. That includes almost $400,000 for 8,000 square feet of office space and $85,000 in telephone costs. President Bill Clinton came in second at just under $1 million, followed by George H.W. Bush at nearly $850,000. Costs for Jimmy Carter, the only other living former president, came in at about $500,000.”