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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during an event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during an event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.

Sotomayor on Affirmative Action: `How the Door Got Opened’

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, acknowledges the role that affirmative action played in her education — an admittance to Princeton that paved the way for a child of Puerto Rican immigrants in the Bronx....

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Elizabeth Warren, shown testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington on July 14, 2011.

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Elizabeth Warren, shown testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington on July 14, 2011.

Elizabeth Warren Quickly Fundraises Off AIG Decision

Elizabeth Warren has barely had time to warm her seat as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but she wasted no time sending a new fundraising note today — claiming some credit for stoking a populist backlash against the American...

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Wind turbines generate power at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif.

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Wind turbines generate power at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif.

Gramm: Windmills an Eyesore, Energy Tax Credits a Waste

Phil Gramm, a former U.S. Republican senator from Texas who now advises hedge funds, may have a new role: chief wind-energy antagonist. Gramm, a fiscal conservative who sought to cut federal spending during his career in Congress, says a tax...

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

Obama-Karzai: Springtime Handoff for Security, U.S. Draw-Down Follows

President Barack Obama, discussing the hand-off of security in Afghanistan to the government of Hamid Karzai and the draw-down of U.S. troops, was asked today of the “huge” cost of life involved in the war there is justified — in...

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2012.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2012.

State of the Union: Debt Ceiling Here

President Barack Obama was formally invited today to give this year’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. That is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Obama will take his official oath of office for a second term on Jan. 20 on...

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Protestors demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington. This week marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

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Protestors demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington. This week marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Washington Daybook: Troop Talks

President Barack Obama holds a press conference today at the White House with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai after talks on how many of the 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan should remain after 2014 to help fight terrorists. Karzai is seeking...

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