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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

Bechtel, Schwab Break Donations Dam

Philanthropist Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., gave almost $100,000 last month to a Republican committee created after the Supreme Court struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions. Bechtel, who formerly led Bechtel Group Inc., the contractor that built the Hoover Dam,...

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Obama Stretching the Law — ‘He’d Make a Great Judge’: Harvard’s Tribe

President Barack Obama would make “a great judge.” So says a professor who tutored him at Harvard Law School. Harvard’s Laurence Tribe says he remembers Obama well — the student who became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law...

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

Dingell Targets High Court, Rookie Lawmakers for Gridlock Blame

Six months before his historic 58-plus-year run in Congress ends, Representative John Dingell is reflecting on what’s wrong with the nation’s gridlocked Capital, taking special aim at the U.S. Supreme Court and wet-behind-the-ears freshman lawmakers who want to hold sway “before they even know where the...

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Spectators line up outside of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

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Spectators line up outside of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

Supreme Court’s Sunshine: By Request Only

By law, members of the public are entitled to see the financial disclosure reports filed every year by federal judges. The law doesn’t say the judges have to make it easy. Unlike other top government officials, Supreme Court justices and...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

Cruz: Money in First Amendment? — Schumer: ‘Not Absolute’

To what extent should political fundraising and spending be limited under the First Amendment? Lawmakers, a retired Supreme Court Justice and campaign-finance lawyers and experts addressed the question at a Senate Rules Committee hearing today, a few weeks after the...

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

Scalia: ‘Pound of Flesh? Come On’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the court’s most conservative jurists, joined in celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare at last night’s Folger Gala. Before dinner in the Folger...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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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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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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Jacqueline Mars, left, soprano Sarah Coburn, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Washington National Opera's after party.

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Jacqueline Mars, left, soprano Sarah Coburn, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Washington National Opera's after party.

Oysters, M&Ms and a Senator’s Daughter: ‘Elixir of Love’

What did the Washington National Opera serve its guests at the after-party for the opening of “The Elixir of Love” Saturday night? Oysters, the most legendary love potion, of all. “It’s aphrodisiacal,” joked soprano Sarah Coburn. “Opera singers don’t need...

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