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Edith Windsor, plaintiff in landmark gay marriage case, dies at 88

Edith Windsor reacts as she looks toward supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, after the court heard arguments in United States v. Windsor in March 2013. Jose Luis Magana / AP

Edith Windsor, the lead plaintiff one of the United States' landmark court cases for marriage equality, died today at the age of 88. The NYT's obituary has a great roundup of her life and accomplishments.

  • Think back: United States v. Windsor, decided in 2013, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and granted federal benefits to same-sex couples in states that had already legalized same-sex marriage — an important step to the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that would legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • President Obama on Windsor's death: "I thought about Edie [on the day that Obergefell v. Hodges was decided]. I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realize that love is love – and who, in the process, made us all more free. They deserve our gratitude. And so does Edie."
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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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America's delayed backlash to globalization

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images

The backlash to globalization is coming "at exactly the wrong time," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: President Trump's new tariffs, on steel and aluminum and most recently against China, are working to "re-set the terms of the global economy," the NYT reports. But the globalization the world is seeing today is not focused on goods and services, but "greater connectivity and communication."