| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:12 PM
Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly undermined even the most reasonable attempts to limit the corrupting influence of money in politics. In desperation, Democrats in Congress have tried at least to open the shadowy campaign finance...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 8:13 PM
The Supreme Court doesn't only make history. Sometimes it's swept along by historical waves, and sometimes it's caught up trying to resist them.
During the last few months, the justices recognized the centrality in our private lives of the smartphone by...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 10:48 AM
In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations' religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Monday, in the U.S. Supreme Court's much-anticipated Hobby Lobby case, swing Justice Anthony Kennedy tried to cut the unborn baby in half.
He joined four conservatives, signing a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito stating that closely held...
| Jul 3, 2014
Relax. This is not a slippery slope.
So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that gutted...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:31 AM
Half-truths and spin from both political parties have quickly come to dominate the debate over the Supreme Court decision on religious exemptions to the rule on insurance plans covering contraceptives.
Both sides want to use the decision to motivate key...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:09 PM
The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday aimed at winding down its years-long fight with religious groups over the requirement in its landmark healthcare law that companies provide insurance that covers contraceptives.
The new rule will allow...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:28 PM
Two states, coming from different sides of the gay marriage debate, said Tuesday that they were appealing the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a constitutional ruling that will finally settle the question of whether same-sex couples have a right...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:41 PM
The legal juggernaut of challenges to prohibitions on same-sex marriage continued Monday with oral arguments in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over bans in Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada. Last week two judicial decisions were issued, one by a federal...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 8:06 PM
— The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a significant victory on an environmental issue, with a 6-2 decision that upholds a regulation requiring Midwestern states with coal-fired power plants to reduce harmful emissions that drift to the...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 1:44 PM
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer...