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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on  Jan. 1, 2013.

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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on Jan. 1, 2013.

Republican AG’s: Marriage for States

The fact that dozens of prominent Republicans are petitioning the Supreme Court to declare a constitutional right for same-sex marriage doesn’t mean that plenty of Republicans aren’t telling the high court something else. “We believe states ought to have the...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Cheer Court for What It Doesn’t Do

Advocates of stronger campaign finance regulations haven’t had much to cheer about when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republican-appointed majority voted, 5-4,  to overturn decades worth of legislation and precedents in its Citizens United decision in 2010, and then...

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A same-sex couple during a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on Feb. 14, 2013.

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A same-sex couple during a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on Feb. 14, 2013.

Democratic Chair to Supporters: Get Obama’s ‘Back’ on Gay Marriage

So far, President Barack Obama has gone little further than voicing his own personal support for same-sex marriage, although the platform he gave it in his second inaugural address was significant. Impending arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the...

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U.S. Marines 2nd Batallion, 1st Marines Regiment with Female Engagement Team Sargeant Savanna E. Malendoski, center, and Sargeant Patricia A. Aquino, left, talk to Afghan villagers during a visit to a village in Gamser, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marines 2nd Batallion, 1st Marines Regiment with Female Engagement Team Sargeant Savanna E. Malendoski, center, and Sargeant Patricia A. Aquino, left, talk to Afghan villagers during a visit to a village in Gamser, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

When Will Women Be Drafted for War? — When Congress Says So

So women will go to war. But when will they be drafted? The Defense Department’s decision to lift the ban against women on the front lines of combat leaves open the question of the draft. Men were drafted for the...

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Obama’s ‘Cashier’s Window’

President Barack Obama, who pledged as a presidential candidate in 2008 to strengthen the Federal Election Commission and nominate members “committed to enforcing our nation’s election laws’, is now creating “an unprecedented vehicle for potential influence-buying, influence-selling and government scandals...

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughs while talking with other guests at The Federalist Society's 2011 Annual Dinner in Washington.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughs while talking with other guests at The Federalist Society's 2011 Annual Dinner in Washington.

Thomas Breaks Silence: Yale Training?

For almost seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas has sat silently through Supreme Court oral arguments. Until today, when he apparently offered a crack about a couple of the nation’s top law schools. Thomas jumped in as Justice Antonin Scalia was...

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during an event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks during an event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.

Sotomayor on Affirmative Action: `How the Door Got Opened’

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, acknowledges the role that affirmative action played in her education — an admittance to Princeton that paved the way for a child of Puerto Rican immigrants in the Bronx....

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington.

Political Disclosure on SEC Agenda

A coalition of groups pressing for disclosure of corporate political contributions said today that it is heartened by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to include plans for a proposed rule on its agenda. “We congratulate the SEC for listening...

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President Barack Obama with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on his way to board Marine One.

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President Barack Obama with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on his way to board Marine One.

Washington Daybook: Lew Soon

President Barack Obama may announce this week the selection of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew as Treasury secretary to replace Tim Geithner, according to people familiar with the matter. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on when...

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