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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Opponents of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, hold signs outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Getty)

The 9th Circuit ruled that California’s Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick discusses the decision and what comes next. Plus, New York Magazine’s Frank Rich explores the politics of the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad; Philip Taubman talks about his new book The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Atomic Bomb; the challenge of picking an elementary school as more closures appear imminent; and analysis of yesterday's primaries.

Congressional Earmarks

David Fallis, staff writer with the Washington Post's Investigations Unit , discusses the Washington Post's investigation into the lack of transparency surrounding congressional earmarks.

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Santorum Wins Big in Yesterday's GOP Contests

Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News Politics Reporter, discusses Rick Santorum's winning results from yesterday's GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

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School Closings and Open Slots

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Clara Hemphill, senior editor at The New School's Center for New York City Affairs, talk about Thursday's vote on more school closings and the start of the elementary school selection process. 

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How the Ninth Circuit Decided to Overturn Prop 8

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Dahlia Lithwicksenior editor at Slate, discussed the court ruling on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and what might happen next.

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Cold Warriors Against the Bomb

Phillip Taubman, former New York Times reporter and editor, and author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, discusses his new book about the bi-partisan alliance between Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, San Nunn, William Perry, and physicist Sidney Drell to abolish nuclear weapons. 

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Frank Rich on the Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Frank RichNew York Magazine writer at large, discussed the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad and the politics around it.

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