| Mar 17, 2014
Last November, the Internal Revenue Service asked for public comments on proposed rules to rein in political activity by tax-exempt "social welfare" groups that don't disclose their donors. The agency has gotten an earful of negative reaction, not only...
| May 20, 2014
| 3:34 PM
On Tuesday, my native Pennsylvania became the latest state to have its ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional by a judge. Like other jurists before him, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones cited (among other precedents) the Supreme Court’s...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For decades, liberals wielded the 1st Amendment to protect antiwar activists, civil rights protesters and government whistle-blowers.
These days, however, the Constitution's protection for free speech and religious liberty has...
| May 5, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of a town board in upstate New York, and by extension, governmental bodies everywhere, to begin official meetings with a Christian prayer.
"Ceremonial prayer," the court said, is not...
| Apr 20, 2014
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:11 AM
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.
The 6-2 decision clears away constitutional challenges to...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The prognosticators have already declared that, during the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius oral argument, the Supreme Court justices looked poised to extend religious liberty protections to for-profit corporations. Believe them if you want. But two important...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
But justices rejected the idea that a...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:20 AM
The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action on Tuesday. The 6-2 decision, as The Times’ David Savage explains, “clears away constitutional challenges to the state bans on affirmative action, which began in California in...
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:13 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday resurrected Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, handing the Obama administration a victory on one of its major environmental efforts.