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I should have gone up there myself, but instead I've been waiting to read other people's accounts of the oral arguments in the big U.S. Supreme Court case regarding campaign finance law. So far, it's just accounts of Sonia Sotomayor's new robe.
(Update: No wonder I'm waiting -- I forgot that the arguments are Wednesday.)
The Court will consider a case that it's decided to use to examine the question on whether bans on direct corporate contributions to campaign activity are unconstitutional. The ban on corporate money enjoys a century of legal precedent but it appears that there might be five votes to change this interpretation.
The oral arguments -- and the way the justices frame their question -- should give good clues as to whether there actually will be five votes to lift the ban in this hugely important case.
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