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Sen. Sherrod Brown, center, takes his seat beside Sen. Jon Tester and Sen Robert Menendez, right, before the confirmation hearing of Richard Cordray, nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White, nominee for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, center, takes his seat beside Sen. Jon Tester and Sen Robert Menendez, right, before the confirmation hearing of Richard Cordray, nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White, nominee for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Could ‘Break Up the Banks’ Senator Take Johnson’s Spot?

Lawmakers and lobbyists in Washington are busy chewing over the possibility that one of the main advocates of breaking up the big banks could be in the running to take over the Senate Banking Committee in 2015. The current chairman...

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Marriage equality supporters take part in a march and rally ahead of U.S. Supreme Court arguments on legalizing same-sex marriage in New York on March 24, 2013.

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Marriage equality supporters take part in a march and rally ahead of U.S. Supreme Court arguments on legalizing same-sex marriage in New York on March 24, 2013.

Warner: ‘Marriage Equality’ Fair, Right

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has a statement today: “I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do.” He said so on Facebook. “Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved,...

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Hollingsworth v. Perry Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, left, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, right, along with other family members climb the steps of the National Archive in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2013, a day before the oral argument in the Hollingsworth v. Perry Supreme Court case, which could end California's discriminatory Proposition 8 legislation banning same-sex marriage in the state.

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Hollingsworth v. Perry Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, left, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, right, along with other family members climb the steps of the National Archive in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2013, a day before the oral argument in the Hollingsworth v. Perry Supreme Court case, which could end California's discriminatory Proposition 8 legislation banning same-sex marriage in the state.

Gay Marriage at Supreme Court: A Viewer’s Guide

Several scenarios emerge when assessing the likely outcome of two high profile same-sex marriage cases being argued before the Supreme Court this week. Among the possibilities is that the Court will find a way to avoid the core issue of...

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Prince Harry makes early morning checks as he sits on an Apache helicopter at the British controlled flight-line at Camp Bastion on December 12, 2012 in Afghanistan.

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Prince Harry makes early morning checks as he sits on an Apache helicopter at the British controlled flight-line at Camp Bastion on December 12, 2012 in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry Does Jersey Shore

Prince Harry, who has demonstrated that the “what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas” thing doesn’t apply to a buck-naked heir to the British throne, is heading to New Jersey in May for a tour of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. No word on whether the prince, 28,...

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Shoppers in San Francisco.

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Shoppers in San Francisco.

Cheaper Gas, Tax Refunds: Consumer-Spending Pocket-Power

Even as snowfall whitens horizons across the U.S. today, the economic skies are brightening for many American households. Two key hurdles consumers faced last month have dissipated: gasoline prices are on the retreat, and delayed cash returns from the Internal...

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This photo provided by the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman shows, from left to right, son Will Portman, wife Jane Portman, Sen. Portman, daughter Sally Portman, and son Jed Portman.

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This photo provided by the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman shows, from left to right, son Will Portman, wife Jane Portman, Sen. Portman, daughter Sally Portman, and son Jed Portman.

Will Portman ‘Proud’ of Dad’s Same-Sex Marriage Support

Will Portman, son of Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, says his father waited to publicly support same-sex marriage partially because Will was hesitant to put his sexuality in the national spotlight. Will, a junior at Yale University, writes about coming out and his father’s...

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Abbott Laboratories' AndroGel testosterone gel.

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Abbott Laboratories' AndroGel testosterone gel.

Washington Daybook: ‘Pay for Delay’

The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether drugmakers and their would-be rivals who make generic versions of medicines are engaged in what the U.S. calls anti-competitive “pay for delay” practices when they sign deals to delay introduction of lower-cost...

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 16%

That’s how much support for same-sex marriage has advanced in 10 years. With the Supreme Court ready to hear oral arguments this week in two cases involving gay marriage and the legal rights of those in civil unions, the Pew...

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