Editor's note: This story was originally published in May 2012 and was updated in March 2013.
(CNN) - Same-sex marriage is in the spotlight on the national legal and political stages this week as the Supreme Court hears argument in two landmark cases, one involving California's Proposition 8 and another involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The high court cases come as public support for same-sex marriage is increasing. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage. In the same survey, 57% of respondents said they had a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian.
(CNN) – The oath, the speech, the crowds, the celebrities, the balls. Every four years Washington celebrates the start of another presidential term.
By the numbers, here's a look at presidential inaugurations:
(CNN) – Time is running out for congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. If the two parties can't come to an agreement before the end of the year, a combination of broad tax hikes and deep government spending cuts take effect . Experts warn of a new recession if Washington goes over the fiscal cliff.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the fiscal cliff and its impact:
(CNN) - This year's session, with fiscal cliff negotiations and lively nomination controversies, is anything but lame. But it's still a lame-duck Congress. Just how did a meeting of one Congress that occurs after a new one is elected but not yet sworn-in get that name?
We're slow roasting the answers to those questions and serving them up by the numbers.
(CNN) - Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as the "Queen City," is expected to reap the economic benefits for hosting the Democratic National Convention.
But how much?
(CNN) - Ohio: Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Wright Brothers, the Ohio State Buckeyes and birthplace of more presidents than any other state.
If that doesn't put Ohio on your map, then consider it is on both presidential candidates' maps. Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama and a number of their surrogates are visiting this week. For Obama, it's the 24th time in his presidency, and for Romney, it's the 13th time this year.
(CNN) - It has been described by some of the people who have held the job as an insignificant one, but it gets attention every four years when presidential candidates are choosing the other half of their ticket.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the vice presidency: