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Senator William M. Cowan of Massachusetts in office before the special election to put in a permanent senator.

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Senator William M. Cowan of Massachusetts in office before the special election to put in a permanent senator.

Cowan Cracks Wise in Farewell to Senate — And Lauds Colleagues

It’s a wrap for William “Mo” Cowan’s roughly five-month Senate career, and the Massachusetts Democrat yesterday afternoon offered an often wry commentary on his experience — remarks that took note of the concerns and criticisms buffeting the chamber, but that ended on a positive note. Cowan,...

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Ohio Gun-Law Strategy: Warning, This Product Could be Deadly

Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are providing their own form of commentary on several provisions restricting abortion that their Republican colleagues included in the state’s budget bill. A day after Republicans who control the state legislature added a measure...

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The reflection of a shopper a mall in San Diego, California, on June 22, 2013.

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The reflection of a shopper a mall in San Diego, California, on June 22, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.8%

That’s how much gross domestic product expanded in the first quarter at an annualized rate, according to revised figures from the Commerce Department. First-quarter GDP was revised downward from a previous estimate of 2.4 percent, according to a report released...

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Plaintiff couples Paul Katami, left, kisses Jeff Zarillo while Sandy Steier and Kris Perry stand nearby after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Plaintiff couples Paul Katami, left, kisses Jeff Zarillo while Sandy Steier and Kris Perry stand nearby after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama Invited to Gay Wedding: ‘OK’ to Couple on Courthouse Steps

Talk about a proposal. Paul Katami, a plaintiff in the legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, wasted no time in making his intentions known after the Supreme Court issued a ruling today allowing gay marriage to be reinstated in California....

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Employee Ryan McKelvey installs components to the frame of a pedicab at the Main Street Pedicabs Inc. manufacturing facility in Broomfield, Colorado, on June 24, 2013.

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Employee Ryan McKelvey installs components to the frame of a pedicab at the Main Street Pedicabs Inc. manufacturing facility in Broomfield, Colorado, on June 24, 2013.

State Job Gains Surprisingly Steady

The job market’s recovery from the deepest recession since World War II has been surprisingly similar among states, breaking with past economic rebounds, according to economists Jason Bram and James Orr of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While...

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Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, shakes hands with Democratic candidate Edward Markey after the forum. "A Community Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidates," was held at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center, June 16, 2013.

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Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, shakes hands with Democratic candidate Edward Markey after the forum. "A Community Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidates," was held at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center, June 16, 2013.

Massachusetts: Markey-Gomez by the Numbers

  Rep. Ed Markey won a Senate electionin Massachusetts yesterday the way most Democrats win statewide: rolling up big margins in large cities and university centers. Markey beat Republican Gabriel Gomez by 55 percent to 45 percent, prevailing in the...

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Mollie Wagoner, of Maryland, second right, and Sharon Burk, of New Jersey, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declined to rule on the California law Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2013.

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Mollie Wagoner, of Maryland, second right, and Sharon Burk, of New Jersey, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declined to rule on the California law Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2013.

Bill, Hillary Clinton on DOMA Ruling: ‘A More Perfect Union’

Bill Clinton, elected president in 1992, signed the law in 1996. He walked away from it this year. Hillary Clinton, considering a campaign for president in 2016, made her own sentiments known not long before the Supreme Court today struck...

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