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Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York (left) and fellow Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland are pressing ahead with plans for legislation to counteract the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which invalidated some federal campaign-finance laws.

    Dems seek quick fix on campaign finance

    Buoyed by polls showing the public is fed up with money influencing politics, Democrats are beginning to settle on options for curbing the Supreme Court's recent ruling that freed corporations and unions to enter the political fray with unlimited ads.


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Sen. Charles E. Schumer (left), New York Democrat, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, vowed to try to pass a bill to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on campaign-finance laws.

    High court unleashes political ad spending

    In a decision with profound implications for the role of money in American campaigns, the Supreme Court gave interest groups, unions and corporations the right to pour money into issue advertising in political races.


  • O'Connor exit set stage for campaign ad ruling

    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has either restored fundamental freedom or aided the destruction of American democracy, depending on how you see the Supreme Court's campaign-finance ruling Thursday.


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Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor

    Senate confirms Sotomayor

    Breaking another color barrier, Sonia Sotomayor won overwhelming Senate approval Thursday to become the first Hispanic and third woman justice on the Supreme Court.


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Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey speak out against a gun amendment proposed by South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

    Gun foes see new hope with Sotomayor

    After years of losing, gun control advocates say this week's vote on confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court will be their long-awaited win that shatters conventional wisdom and proves that the Second Amendment is no longer the unstoppable force of Washington politics.


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    Ruling reverses Sotomayor in firefighter case

    Casting a wary eye on affirmative action, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters faced unlawful discrimination when their city threw out a promotion test after not enough minorities did well on it.


  • **FILE** In this Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, New Haven firefighters dubbed "the New Haven 20" applaud a supporter (not pictured) who joins them in solidarity outside New Haven Federal Courthouse, in New Haven, Conn. Judge Sonia Sotomayor last year, and two other judges issued an unusually brief decision that went against white firefighters. Monday, June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Brad Horrigan, File)

    High court rules for Conn. white firefighters

    In a major reverse-discrimination case, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that white New Haven, Conn., firefighters were discriminated against when the city threw out a promotion test because not enough minorities did well on it.


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Judge Sonia Sotomayor (above) visits students at her alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School in New York, in this undated photo. The judge's mother, Celina Sotomayor (at right) worked six days a week as a nurse to provide for her two children after her husband died.

    Paging through Sotomayor's open-book life

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor's open-book life has been a story of overcoming challenges, from an underprivileged upbringing in the Bronx to struggles against perceived discrimination to a mammoth battle against a mischievous cricket outside her Princeton dorm-room window.


  • SOWELL: Sotomayor in context

    As the mainstream media circles the wagons around Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to protect her from the consequences of her own words and deeds, its main arguments are distractions from the issue at hand.


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