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Celebration during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry.

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Celebration during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry.

#NationalComingOutDay: OFA

  It’s a measure of how far public attitudes have evolved that the permanent campaign organization supporting the sitting president should recognize this day: #NationalComingOutDay It wasn’t until he was seeking re-election that President Barack Obama allowed that he had...

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

That’s the maximum amount an individual can give to federal candidates, parties and political committees in the 2013-14 election cycle. That aggregate biennial limit is being challenged before the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments tomorrow in McCutcheon v...

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

Kevin Spacey, Meet Kevin McCarthy: Music for Washington’s Ears

David Rubenstein offered up the healing power of music to “soothe” Washington’s fiscal discord. “Before a shutdown might occur, we’d like to invite all members of Congress to come tomorrow night for a concert,” said the chairman of the Carlyle...

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A supporter holds a sign of President Barack Obama in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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A supporter holds a sign of President Barack Obama in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Paul: Roberts Deserves Obamacare

Sen. Rand Paul, an outspoken critic of Obamacare, is taking a new tack:  If you can’t beat them, make them enroll in Obamacare, too. President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, which promises health insurance for millions lacking it, is the...

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Vice President Joe Biden shakes the hand of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a farewell ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building on September 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Joe Biden shakes the hand of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a farewell ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building on September 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s Supreme Court Pick: Napolitano

Has Vice President Joe Biden decided who he is backing for the next Supreme Court vacancy? According to the vice president, he knows of at least one person who should be in the mix: departing Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet...

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Participants wait to be screened at the security checkpoint on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

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Participants wait to be screened at the security checkpoint on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

By the Numbers: 5

As the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, five states, all controlled by Republicans, enacted had new voter-identification laws that could make it harder for blacks and other minorities to cast ballots. The Brennan Center for...

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Elena Kagan, confirmed associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, claps during a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., in this Aug. 6, 2010 file photo.

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Elena Kagan, confirmed associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, claps during a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., in this Aug. 6, 2010 file photo.

Supreme Court @Parchment.com — ‘Hasn’t Really Gotten to E-Mail’

No e-mails in chambers at the Supreme Court: Justice Elena Kagan, who says she brought a certain sense of social media with her to the high court, says communications among the justices look the same as they did when she...

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Twitter's brand marks.

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Twitter's brand marks.

Twitter ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’ Kit

Uncle Sam wants your Tweets — or at least somebody’s Tweets. Twitter, the social networking phenomenon and upstart news channel, wasn’t among the Internet companies named in that round of revelations about U.S. surveillance of email traffic earlier this year....

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court’s New Clerk: Harris Measuring for a Morning Coat

Things change slowly at the nation’s highest court. So for Supreme Court lawyers, today’s announcement that Scott S. Harris will become the court’s clerk is almost as momentous as the appointment of a new justice. Harris will succeed William K....

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