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Gay marriage at the Supreme Court. Banks and Cyprus. Abortion and North Dakota. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. March 27, 2013. (AP)

Demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. March 27, 2013. (AP)

The highest court in the land tackles same-sex marriage. “On the National Day to Demand Action,” President Obama says, “Shame on us,” for not cracking down on guns since Newtown.

North Dakota enacts the toughest restrictions on abortion in the nation.  Tensions grow between North and South Korea.  With an EU bailout, Cyprus banks reopened yesterday.

A massive landslide in Washington State.  And, Tiger Woods, back on top.

This hour On Point: Our week in the news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Jane Clayson

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Robert Costa, Washington Editor for the National Review.

Bryan Monroe, Editor of CNNPolitics.com. (@BryanMonroeCNN)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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The New York Times “Momentum in the political world for gay rights could actually limit momentum in the legal world. While the court may throw out a federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the justices signaled over two days of arguments that they might not feel compelled to intervene further, since the democratic process seems to be playing out on its own, state by state, elected official by elected official.”

The Seattle Times “A massive landslide damaged one home and threatened many more in Coupeville on Whidbey Island this morning. Seventeen homes were isolated by the 400- to 500-yard slide, eight of them occupied, said Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. ‘The road’s been cut off, the power’s been cut off and the water’s been cut off to the homes on the beach,” he said.”

CBS News “Saudi Arabia and other regional powers have been arming Syria’s rebels for months, but the scale and coordination with the West — and the suggestion by the AP’s sources that the effort is linked to a plan for the rebels to try and seize Damascus — represents a potentially significant escalation in the civil war.”

 

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