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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

Simpson’s Simple Republican Message: ‘If You Love Someone… Marry Them’

Alan Simpson has an idea of what it means to be a Republican: Getting government out of the lives of Americans. And that, according to the retired senator from Wyoming, includes the question of same-sex marriage. The characteristically candid and...

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McCutcheon: `Exercising Freedom of Speech is a Good Thing’

Shaun McCutcheon, the winner in a Supreme Court campaign-finance case last week, sees the court’s decision striking down aggregate contribution limits as vindication of a person’s “right to support as many candidates, committees and PACs you choose.” “It’s a political...

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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Hardliners: Remember U.S. Embassy

A European Parliament resolution yesterday which expressed “grave concerns” over violation of human rights in Iran has provoked angry response from Iranian officials. The EU resolution drew attention to Iran’s lack of cooperation with United Nations human rights bodies, including...

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

The Supreme Court invalidated the two-year aggregate limit on federal campaign contributions, which was $123,200 for the 2013-2014 election cycle. Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court yesterday said the caps violated the First Amendment speech rights of Alabama Republican...

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

Washington Corruption Yielding a New Mayor

“Corruption has no place in City Hall.” What a concept. Enough, it appears, to turn the mayor of corruption-plagued Washington, D.C., out of office this fall. Muriel Bowser, a 41-year-old D.C. Council member, has run over Mayor Vincent Gray in...

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Phil Robathan, left, and James Preston release doves following their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England, on March 29, 2014.

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Phil Robathan, left, and James Preston release doves following their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England, on March 29, 2014.

Roll Over, Victoria: UK Embassy Welcomes Gay Marriage

Parties at the British embassy “can be pretty stuffy,” allows its deputy head of mission, Patrick Davies. Not so Friday night, when Davies hosted the Human Rights Campaign and other gay advocates for a countdown to the U.K.’s first gay...

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Friends of slain transgender woman Islan Nettles, in the photos, before a vigil for her in Harlem on Aug. 27, 2013 in New York City.

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Friends of slain transgender woman Islan Nettles, in the photos, before a vigil for her in Harlem on Aug. 27, 2013 in New York City.

Transgender Crime Victims Draw Justice Support

The Justice Department started a training program today that officials say will help law enforcement officials better handle crimes and other issues in the transgender community. “Discrimination against transgender individuals is pervasive,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told about 70...

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