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Supporter in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the high court upheld President Obama's health care overhaul.

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Supporter in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the high court upheld President Obama's health care overhaul.

Obama’s Health Care Win May Help Him Now More Than in November

The most important U.S. Supreme Court decision during a president’s re-election campaign may not have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the 2012 race. In the hours after the court upheld President Barack Obama’s health-care law, both he and his Republican...

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on June 12, 2012.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on June 12, 2012.

Holder vote: Contempt of Congress

In the second ring today: Half the Democrats walked out of the U.S. House as Republican leaders conducted a vote to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to deliver documents about the “Fast and Furious”...

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Protesters planned to 'occupy' the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as courthouses across the country, in a show of protest against the two-year anniversary of the controversial Citizens United ruling.

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Protesters planned to 'occupy' the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as courthouses across the country, in a show of protest against the two-year anniversary of the controversial Citizens United ruling.

Corporations: Hands-Off Candidates

While the Supreme Court has opened a floodgate of contributions to committees promoting or opposing candidates, a federal appeals court says the prohibition against corporations contributing directly to candidates remains: As Bloomberg’s Tom Schoenberg reports, a three-judge appeals panel in Richmond,...

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Protester outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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Protester outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

Court Has Spoken, Now Voters Will

Updated at 3:30 pm EDT “The Supreme Court may have made their decision, but the American people haven’t,” says the narrator of Republican Mitt Romney’s first post-health-care ruling TV ad. It calendars a new date: Nov. 6, 2012. The message...

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Protesting against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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Protesting against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

McCarthy: Health-care Bottom Line

With politicians of the highest rank and interest groups of the most obscure weighing in with reaction to and assessments of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, the award for the pithiest...

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility in Arlington, Virginia.

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility in Arlington, Virginia.

Cybersecurity Gov’t Spending Boom

Hackers, crackers and script kiddies take note: The federal government is spending to keep your prying fingers out of places they don’t belong. Cybersecurity contractors should pay attention as well. A Bloomberg Government study finds that cybersecurity spending during the...

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President Barack Obama at the White House following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012.

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President Barack Obama at the White House following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012.

Obama: Time to Put Politics Aside

President Barack Obama, speaking from the White House after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his health-care law, said today that it’s time to start focusing on implementing, and even improving, the law. Obama, contending that the Patient Protection and Affordable...

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