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Justices Cast Doubt On Federal Defense Of Marriage Act

In oral arguments, several Supreme Court justices expressed strong skepticism about DOMA, the law that bars same-sex couples legally married under state law from receiving the same federal benefits as married heterosexual couples.

Ashley Judd Tweets She Won't Run For U.S. Senate

The actress put an end to speculation that she would seek the Democratic nomination in order to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Skim Milk, States' Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

The court's final day of arguments involving same-sex marriage laws served up some memorable observations. Here are five key questions that came up as the justices debated the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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D.C. Development: Fixing The System

D.C. has to look no further than its neighbors, Maryland and Virginia, for ways to hold developers to their promises. Meanwhile, critics call for campaign finance reform.
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Empty Promises: Developers Often Don't Deliver

Developers receiving subsidies pledge jobs, affordable housing and other benefits for D.C. residents. Yet with little oversight and enforcement, many of the promises were downsized, delayed or broken.
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Million-Dollar Properties, $1 Deals

Parcels of city land—often valued at millions of dollars—have been awarded to politically connected developers, some for pennies on the dollar. Since 2008, D.C. lawmakers have approved 20 of these land deals, at a loss of more than $200 million in city assets.


The Politics Of Guns And The Influence Of Advertising

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $12 million ad campaign in 13 states this week to persuade senators to support gun control legislation. The ads promote universal background checks as a prerequisite for gun ownership.
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Still No Clear Front Runner In Virginia Governor Race

Voters in the commonwealth don't yet prefer either major candidatesfor Virginia governor, voicing support for both Terry Auliffe and Ken Cuccinelli in nearly equal numbers.