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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Boehner’s House: $2.3 Mln Defending DOMA in Losing Court Fight

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The House has spent $2.3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. The House, led by Republican John Boehner of Ohio, had authorized...

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

SCOTUS: DOMA Done, Prop 8 Dead

Updated at 10:35, 10:55 and 11:31 am EDT The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law restricting benefits for same-sex couples. The court also has cleared the way for gay marriage in California, the first state to legalize it....

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Justice Breyer, left, with Ambassador Westmacott,and his wife, Lady Westmacott.

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Justice Breyer, left, with Ambassador Westmacott,and his wife, Lady Westmacott.

Justice Breyer: Language Problem?

“She’s had to teach me quite a lot,” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said of his English wife, Joanna. “I still don’t understand the language that well.” Breyer was guest of honor at a reception at the home of British...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Final Four: Gay Marriage Draws Two More Democrats, Four Left

It’s down to the Final Four. Freshmen Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana announced their support for same-sex marriage this morning, leaving just four Democratic senators who haven’t publicly endorsed it. Donnelly, a Catholic and...

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

Nelson Backs Gay Marriage: Six Democratic Senators Left Silent

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson just took himself off a shrinking list of Democratic Senate holdouts: He reversed his position against same-sex marriage. With Nelson as the 51st senator to voice support, more than half the U.S. Senate now backs same-sex marriage....

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

That’s the percentage of members of Congress in 1996 who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act barring same-sex couples from claiming federal benefits available to other married couples. President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law after 342 of...

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Border Patrol

Immigration policy is the main subject of discussion at events hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, the Economic Policy Institute and the Small Business Majority in Washington today. Meanwhile, Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake will host Democratic...

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Wednesday’s Supreme Court Gay Marriage Arguments Live Blog

2:36 p.m. That’ll do it for today’s live blog. The court could issue its decisions in this week’s gay marriage cases at any time. But it’s likely to follow past practice, holding its most contentious cases until the end of the...

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Hollingsworth v. Perry Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, left, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo are pictured on the steps of the National Archives in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2013.

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Hollingsworth v. Perry Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, left, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo are pictured on the steps of the National Archives in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2013.

Live Blog: Tuesday’s Gay Marriage Arguments at Supreme Court

5:10 p.m. Today’s coverage of  Hollingsworth v. Perry is ending. Check back with Political Capital early Wednesday morning for our live blog of the oral arguments in U.S. v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 4:35 p.m....

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