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Why Obama won't be watching SCOTUS

One in an occasional series of observational pieces keyed off the White House daily briefing. White House spokesman Josh Earnest scored a political point Monday when Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason asked whether the president would be watching the historic oral arguments on gay marriage at the Supreme Court this week. The Supreme Court “How is the White House watching this?” Mason asked. “Are you sending any staff to the hearings? Will the president be watching? Can you give us any color ahead of those hearings on that?” “Well, as you know, Jeff, the Supreme Court doesn’t actually televise the hearings, so it will impact our ability to watch it,” Earnest said, prompting laughter from the assembled reporters. “Touché,” Mason replied. “I’ll bet you could get a seat.” When Mason pressed on, asking whether anyone from the Obama administration would attend, Earnest was noncommittal. “I don’t know whether or not there will be administration — Obama administration staffers in t

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