| Feb 4, 2014
Two decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved and President Clinton enthusiastically signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But now that the 1993 law is being used to challenge the Obama administration's requirement that employer health plans...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:16 PM
As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday relaxed sentencing guidelines for drug dealers, ruling they may not be given a mandatory 20-year prison term every time an overdose results in the death of a user.
In a 9-0 decision, the justices ruled that...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Upholding a disputed part of the law...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Oil giant BP this week extended its .000 batting streak in its effort to kill its own settlement in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, losing a bid to have the Supreme Court halt payments to spill victims while it stretched out its appeal.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:33 PM
The Supreme Court on Thursday greatly limited the ability of President Obama and future presidents to use recess appointments to circumvent congressional opposition to their judicial and executive nominees, ruling unanimously that Obama exceeded his power...
| Jun 13, 2014
In the 1980s, New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinions but not to his own facts. More recently, philosopher-comic Stephen Colbert rejected such a confining, narrow view: "Who's Britannica to tell...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
| May 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At the end of his recent opinion striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote: “We are a better people than what these laws represent. It is time to discard them into the ash heap of...
| May 14, 2014
| 3:16 PM
There’s a tendency for a journalist who covers two beats to start seeing similarities between them. In my career I’ve written a lot about two subjects: religion and the law, and I’m always discerning (or fantasizing) connections...
| May 23, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The 2nd Amendment is just 27 words long: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." But in that single, awkwardly constructed sentence, Michael...