| Mar 5, 2009
| 8:56 PM
In the 1950s and '60s, if Virginia Warren Daly came to your party, you had it made. Effervescent, beautiful and popular with the opposite sex, the daughter of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was a staple of the society columns in Washington and...
| Jul 1, 2009
Pretty faces and promising careers tend to flash across our local political firmament with the frequency of shooting stars -- and with about as much effect. But for more than two decades, the most consequential elected official in Southern California...
| Sep 22, 2010
The United States Supreme Court likes its mystery: Cases are argued in public, briefs are available for all to read, but its real work is carried out in conferences attended by the nine justices alone. So private are those deliberations that in the rare...
| May 9, 2010
I worried, almost from the beginning of my research into the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, that something did not quite add up with Stephen Ambrose's famous biography of the former president.
I say almost from the beginning because I had no inkling at...
| Nov 29, 2009
The Life and Constitution
of Supreme Court Justice
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 436 pp., $28
To begin, a few snapshots from the life of Justice Antonin Scalia:
* As a young boy, he...
| Sep 3, 2009
| 6:07 AM
Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in a memoir being published this month, writes of fear and remorse surrounding the 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island that left a woman dead, and says he accepted the finding that a lone gunman assassinated...
| May 24, 2007
Stanley Miller, the UC San Diego chemist who was the first to demonstrate that the organic molecules necessary for life could be generated in a laboratory flask simulating the primitive Earth's atmosphere, died Sunday from heart failure in a hospital in...
| Jul 2, 2007
THE SUPREME COURT has obligations both to society and to the law. In its end-of-term rush last week, it served neither well, shirking its duties in rulings that undermined free speech, made it easier for a president to violate the Constitution's...
| Jul 27, 2008
It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry.
Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
| Dec 7, 2009
Within a few weeks, the embattled and belittled California Legislature will take one of two actions:
* Approve state Sen. Abel Maldonado's nomination by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be lieutenant governor because that's the smart and right thing to do....
| Sep 18, 2008
Today's question: How successful or unsuccessful has Arnold Schwarzenegger's brand of "post-partisanship" been? Has Schwarzenegger been able to translate his popularity into effectiveness? Previously, Boyarsky and Bradley discussed the governor's budget...