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In a 72 page ruling, the California Supreme Court on Thursday decided that the sponsors of Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, and other ballot initiatives are entitled to defend those initiatives in court when the state refuses to do so.

The decision is significant as it means the issue will now almost certainly make its way to the Supreme Court.

The global solar manufacturing industry is unquestionably headed for a thinning of the ranks, with up to two-thirds of all companies being forced to merge or go out of business thanks to the plummeting price and corresponding oversupply of polysilicon, the raw material used to manufacture most solar panels.

As Shyam Mehta, a senior analyst of solar markets at GTM Research put it to TPM in an email: "This is a dangerous time to either be in, or enter the solar manufacturing space. We are in a period of significant oversupply, price declines, and an uncertain (if not negative) demand outlook -- lots of risk and not much near-term prospect of reward."

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Nancy Pelosi has responded mockingly to Rick Perry’s challenge to a hold a “public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.”

At her Thursday morning news conference, Pelosi referenced Perry’s infamous November 9th debate brain freeze in explaining how busy she is: “Monday, I’m going to be in Portland in the morning, visiting some of our labs in California in the afternoon, that’s two…I can’t remember what the third thing is.” 

Pelosi was greeted with laughter from reporters.

The Occupy Wall Street tech working group has created a live-updating, crowdsourced map, #OccupyMap, that pulls in Tweets, videos, emails and other reports submitted to the website from those on the ground in Manhattan. To submit your own reports on Twitter, use the hashtag #occupymap and include location information (street intersection).

The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation into allegations that the Miami Police Department used excessive deadly force in violation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

Russian news outlet RT reports that its crew witnessed the NYPD using Long Range Acoustic Devices (sound cannons) against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators singing the national anthem near Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, which is still barricaded off. The report appears to confirm photos and reports posted to Twitter by those on the ground at the protest. In addition, several journalists have been reportedly among those arrested.

For some reason, Herman Cain doesn’t seem interested in doing editorial board meetings at the moment.

“Herman Cain meeting with Union Leader ed board canceled,” the AP’s Steve Peoples reports. “Cain spox says disagreement over timing, hopes to reschedule.”

As TPM documented yesterday, Newt Gingrich has a long history of publicly attacking politicians for taking Freddie Mac’s money despite pocketing $1.6 million in consulting fees himself. Democratic trackers American Bridge is up with a new video highlighting some of the most cringeworthy clips.