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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in Washington, DC.

Breyer on Proust: ‘Shakespeare of the Inner World’

Never mind Citizens United, Obamacare or same-sex marriage. Stephen Breyer is a deep reader, and interpreter, of Proust. En Francais. The associate justice of the Supreme Court, schooled at Stanford, Oxford and Harvard Law, started reading Proust as a young...

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sebelius: ‘Still Standing’

Updated at 11:27, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm EDT In a town where Republicans couldn’t make Eric Holder run for the hills for “Fast and Furious,” where they couldn’t tag Hillary Clinton with the fatal attack at Benghazi, where they...

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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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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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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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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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Political election posters are seen hanging from trees ahead of the presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 1, 2013.

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Political election posters are seen hanging from trees ahead of the presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 1, 2013.

Obama, Africa and the Right to Vote

There were some places that President Barack Obama could not go in Africa. He could not go to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, for geopolitical reasons. The government of President Uhuru Kenyatta was still finding its footing after an election in...

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Edith Windsor, 83, is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Edith Windsor, 83, is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Windsor Shares Her Magic Endorsing NYC’s Quinn

Written with Henry Goldman. Edith “Edie” Windsor made history yesterday when she won her two-year battle against the U.S. government and secured federal benefits for married gay couples. It didn’t take long for the 83-year-old to find a new cause...

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