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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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Religious freedom supporters hold a rally to praise the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby, contraception coverage requirement case on June 30, 2014 in Chicago.

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Religious freedom supporters hold a rally to praise the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby, contraception coverage requirement case on June 30, 2014 in Chicago.

Taking Hobby Lobby to the Bank

Updated at 10:30 pm EDT Republicans are attempting to take Hobby Lobby to the bank. The Supreme Court ruled today that family-run businesses, including the chain of craft stores that brought the complaint, can claim a religious exemption from the...

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Plaintiff attorneys David Boies, left, and Ted Olson talk to the media after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Plaintiff attorneys David Boies, left, and Ted Olson talk to the media after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Boies, Olson: The HBO Documentary

“The Case Against 8,” HBO’s new documentary, features a political “bromance” with a bipartisan twist. One odd couple, attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, stand on opposite sides of the political aisle, and were adversaries in Bush v. Gore in 2000....

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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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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

Companies Disclosing Once-Secret Donations — a Growth Political Industry

A total of 127 publicly traded companies have agreed to reveal their corporate political contributions, according to the Center for Political Accountability, a Washington-based advocacy group that has been pushing for disclosure. A decade ago, none did. The effort to require...

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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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