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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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The preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial.

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The preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial.

Supreme Court Protest Draws Arrest

Written with Sue Decker Free speech has its limits, and that’s especially true at the Supreme Court. Noah Newkirk, a Los Angeles man, briefly disrupted oral arguments today with a protest directed at the court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which...

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Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. suffered the president's criticism for the court at the last State of the Union address in 2013, pictured here. Roberts joined fellow pro-Obamacare court votes at tonight's address. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts greets President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, prior to the president's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. suffered the president's criticism for the court at the last State of the Union address in 2013, pictured here. Roberts joined fellow pro-Obamacare court votes at tonight's address. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Obama’s Action Figures of Speech: Obamacare in Passing

In this “year of action,” President Barack Obama’s label for the agenda spelled out in his State of the Union address, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who helped save the president’s 2010 health care law, joined the procession of justices...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference to announce new legislation 'to blunt the worst effects' of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference to announce new legislation 'to blunt the worst effects' of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Citizens United Four Years Later, `Free Speech’ or `Legalized Bribery’

For all the fear of unfettered spending in politics unleashed by the landmark Citizens United ruling of the Supreme Court four years ago today, some say, the world hasn’t changed. Newt Gingrich is not president, for all the money Sheldon...

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Kathleen Turner and Rep. Marcia Fudge at Arena Stage.

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Kathleen Turner and Rep. Marcia Fudge at Arena Stage.

Kathleen Turner’s Company: Ginsburg, Congressional Theater-Lovers

Kathleen Turner and Rep.  Marcia Fudge made an unlikely pair last night at Arena Stage. The husky-voiced actress and the Ohio Democrat united for their mutual passion: Theater, and its role as an agent of change. They were honored at...

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Same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah, including the Salt Lake County office, to request marriage licenses in this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo.

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Same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah, including the Salt Lake County office, to request marriage licenses in this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo.

Holder: Utah Same-Sex Marriages ‘Lawful’

Federal marital benefits will be conferred on about 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah before the unions were put on hold this week by the Supreme Court, the Justice Department announced today. In a video posted on the Justice Department’s...

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