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Washington's Wisdom: Advice to the Senate on the Supreme Court Vacancy from a Real Originalist

February 22, 2016

This afternoon, the United States Senate will observe one of its most hallowed traditions: the annual reading of President George Washington's farewell address, penned in 1796. Every year, a senator is assigned to read the address into the Congressional Record, and then adding his or her signature to a leather-bound book that is kept by the secretary of the Senate for posterity. This observance began during the Civil War.

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Sen. McConnell’s deal for the ultra-wealthy to buy politicians

November 30, 2015

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Politico reported that Senator McConnell is planning to insert a provision in a must-pass government funding bill that would significantly increase the amount of money that political parties could spend on candidates. The provision, drafted in secret and without any hearings, would eliminate caps on the amount of political money that parties may spend in coordination with candidates.

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America’s Journey for Justice

June 16, 2015

Just steps away from where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. vividly called for racial equality more than 50 years ago, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) led a broad, diverse coalition of grassroots labor, environmental, and democracy groups on Monday in a new call for justice.

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