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Photos: Washington Pays Tribute To Antonin Scalia

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as two of Scalia's former law clerks stand near the casket. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Justice Antonin Scalia's body lies in repose Friday at the Supreme Court, where he served as justice for nearly 30 years, before his funeral on Saturday. Members of the public began lining up before dawn to file past the flag-draped casket and  pay their respects.  

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were among the many public figures who passed through the Supreme Court's Great Hall. Read Roll Call's full coverage of the day's events .  

Photos: Storm Clouds Over Washington

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?  

Check out Clark's amazing images below and see more of our images on our photo page.  

Supreme Court Justices' Wealth/Income Reports Online

The new personal financial wealth and income reports of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court  are now available online.  

The Ethics in Government Act requires annual personal financial wealth and income reports from top officials in all three branches of government. The goal is to prevent conflicts of interest and deter corruption and the appearance of corruption of public officials.  

Senate Will Vote on Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment, Schumer Says

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats plan to vote to amend the Constitution to upend recent Supreme Court decisions tossing federal laws restricting campaign contributions.  

That vote will take place at some point this year, news that was set to be announced at a Rules and Administration hearing on campaign finance policy.  

National Republicans Register New Joint Fundraising Committee

A week after the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down overall aggregate limits on campaign contributions, the three national Republican campaign committees have formed a new joint fundraising committee.  

The Republican Victory Fund  was registered  as a joint fundraising committee with the Federal Election Committee on April 9th by treasurer Keith Davis of the Huckaby Davis Lisker political accounting firm. The filing was made public on Friday.  

Global Democratic PAC Formed

A top national law firm, which provides legal assistance to Democrats, has helped register the Global Democratic PAC  with the Federal Election Commission.  

The Global Democratic PAC registered  as a Super PAC, with an address at the Washington, D.C. offices of Perkins Coie. Robert Carolina is the Treasurer. Carolina is the chairman of the Democrats Abroad United Kingdom.  

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limit

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its opinion  in  McCutcheon v. FEC  striking down the current aggregate contribution limit on political contributions.  

The individual aggregate two-year contribution limit had been $48,600 for giving to federal candidates, and $74,600 for giving to political party committees. See FEC brochure , The Biennial Contribution Limit.