Samuel Alito

This Feb. 3, 2014, file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito speaking in West Palm Beach, Fla. There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought.These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century, and the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave it more oomph this week when it ruled that certain businesses are entitled to exercise religious rights just as do people. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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