Last Wednesday, Speaker Newt Gingrich announced that he was giving up on passing the "crown jewel of the Contract with America"--tax cuts--before Congress recesses in October. Indeed, the Congress has given up on doing much of anything before the election, except for one piece of business--the Defense of Marriage bill, a pre-emptive strike at the possibility that a Hawaiian court may recognize unions between homosexuals. It's not immediately apparent why this bill should jump the queue ahead of the potential bankruptcy of Medicare and bills to keep the government running. The Hawaiian courts will not rule until the end of the...

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