| Jun 25, 2014
| 8:30 PM
In the hours after the Supreme Court ruling in Aereo, consumer groups declared a victory for rising cable prices. Public interest groups declared it a win for big media dominance. And Aereo's CEO declared that the decision sends a "chilling message" to...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:08 PM
You probably have to spend some time in front of an abortion clinic to really get a sense of the tension and passion at play between anti-abortion protesters who masquerade as “sidewalk counselors” and the women with unwanted pregnancies who...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Executive power lost the battle but won its war with the Senate over recess appointments in an important case decided Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court held that the president may make recess appointments during both breaks within sessions...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have ridden to the rescue of public employee unions in Harris vs. Quinn, the important labor rights case the Court decided Monday, as some scholars thought he might. But he didn't.
In a 1991 case, Scalia...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Now that the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the legal fight over the Affordable Care Act will shift a few blocks away to another Washington courtroom, where a far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare is about to be decided...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 1:48 PM
The 35-page, few-holds-barred dissent to the Hobby Lobby ruling penned by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg contains many strong attacks on the majority’s thinking. But in one argument — when she wonders whether this argument will lead...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fresh off the major networks' Supreme Court victory over Aereo, the National Assn. of Broadcasters helpfully pointed Aereo's erstwhile customers to a special offer from Antennas Direct: a free rooftop TV antenna! That's a $130 value, yours (if you're...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:16 AM
The Supreme Court upheld federal gun laws that make it a crime when buying a weapon to lie about plans to give it to someone else.
By a 5-4 vote, the justices agreed that a "straw purchaser" of a gun is guilty of a crime, even if he and the ultimate...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Whatever else you think about him, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a punchy prose style and a flair for sarcasm.
In his dissent in last year’s decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Graduation ceremonies at public schools should emphasize what the departing students have in common, not what makes them different. That can be difficult if students receive their diplomas in a church or other place of worship dedicated to a faith that...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:42 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court is majestic, immensely powerful and deceptively fragile. It commands by the power of reason, and its justices are, as the great Robert Jackson once observed, not "final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because...