from The Great Debate:

How do you change the deeply held beliefs of a nation? Here’s one strategy.

By Evan Wolfson
April 17, 2015

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco

A box of cupcakes topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco, June 29, 2013. . REUTERS/Stephen Lam

from The Great Debate:

The Supreme Court hears an Obamacare fairytale

By Steven Brill
March 2, 2015

U.S. President Obama meets with citizens who wrote letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) meets with citizens who wrote letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act at the White House in Washington, Feb. 3, 2015. At right is Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia Burwell. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Soros: Big money can’t buy elections – influence is something else

By Jonathan Soros
February 10, 2015

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator holds a sign as others gather during a national day of action "Occupy the Courts" in New York

A demonstrator holds a sign as others gather in Foley Square during a national day of action "Occupy the Courts" in New York, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

from Breakingviews:

U.S. insider trading cops risk pasting from bench

January 30, 2015

By Reynolds Holding

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Money speaks louder than words, but that doesn’t make it ‘speech’

By Deborah Hellman
January 20, 2015

A voter arrives to vote at the fire house due to storm damage at the regular polling station from Hurricane Sandy during the U.S. presidential election in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

A voter arrives to vote at the fire house due to storm damage at the regular polling station from Hurricane Sandy during the presidential election in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

from The Great Debate:

When it comes to money in politics, the Supreme Court lives in a different reality

By Trevor Potter
January 16, 2015

The sun shines through cloud cover above the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from The Great Debate:

Citizens United gives freedom of speech back to the people

By Bradley A. Smith
January 16, 2015

Voters fill in their ballots at a polling place located in Shoaf's Wagon Wheel during the U.S. midterm elections in Salisbury

Voters at a polling place located in Shoaf's Wagon Wheel in Salisbury, North Carolina, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

from The Great Debate:

Tycoon dough: The ultimate electoral martial art

By Lawrence Norden and Daniel Weiner
January 16, 2015

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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

This is first article in the Reuters series on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, handed down Jan. 21, 2010. After five years, is anything the same in U.S. elections? You can read other pieces in the series here.

from The Great Debate:

Democracy is drowning in a sea of dark money

By Fred Wertheimer
January 16, 2015

Voters fill in their ballots as they vote in the U.S. midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado

Voters fill in their ballots in the midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

from Stories I’d like to see:

Should Obamacare be derailed by a single sentence?

By Steven Brill
November 11, 2014

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Most disputes that end up at the U.S. Supreme Court are about the interpretation of the Constitution and statutes, not about facts. The press is mostly left to provide the basic background of the dispute and then quote each side’s lawyers. Little independent digging is required.