| 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...
| May 6, 2014
| 1:34 PM
America just got treated to another one of those 5-4 votes that have come to characterize the Roberts Supreme Court. This time, the four conservative justices agreed with Justice Anthony Kennedy — who wrote for the majority — that prayer...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Who can forget Mitt Romney’s fateful campaign line, “Corporations are people too, my friend?” It was just the kind of rhetorical faux pas that reinforced the developing narrative of Romney as a soulless plutocrat.
Back at the...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 9:18 AM
The watershed years in the fight for marriage equality have been coming in rapid succession: 2012 marked the first victories for same-sex marriage at the ballot box in Maryland, Maine and Washington, and 2013 was the year that the Supreme Court struck...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 11:37 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday halted same-sex marriages in Utah -- permitted for less than three weeks -- while the state appeals a lower-court ruling legalizing them, as the justices again left their imprint on the debate over gay nuptials.