| Jan 14, 2014
Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
| Sep 24, 2013
We are in the midst of the first serious reexamination of government spying since the 1970s.
President Obama has asked a special review panel for initial recommendations by November. The normally secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also...
| Oct 6, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear three cases during the 2013-14 term that might dramatically alter the landscape of constitutional law. Campaign finance reform, abortion and the separation of church and state are all on the agenda. When the dust settles, if...
| Jan 26, 2014
President Obama's recent speech on government surveillance is dominating the conversation, but he won't be making the key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency's collection of domestic phone data. The statutory provision authorizing...
| Jan 29, 2014
Last year, as the Supreme Court was considering cases on both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, this page urged the justices to issue a ruling making it clear that state bans on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution. Instead, the...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:42 AM
It’s an article of faith among some critics of the National Security Agency that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has packed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a.k.a. the FISA court) with Republicans who are patsies for the “...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: My aunt was a high-ranking officer in the Salvation Army. As such, she received many gifts from visiting dignitaries. One is a lithograph, "Approach to Mount Sinai," by Wady Barah 2/17/1839. My family had it framed in the 1950s. Any info?
| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:38 PM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a hearing Monday, sounded ready to reject a set of disputed permitting rules designed by the Obama administration to restrict carbon emissions from plants and factories.
But a majority of justices also agreed...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ruled Wednesday that military commanders have broad power to keep protesters off of bases, including the public roads that pass through them.
The decision upholds the prosecution of a veteran peace...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:16 PM
WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.
The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a...
| Feb 27, 2014
Re "The paradox of open carry laws," Opinion, Feb. 23
Only in the United States could there be a serious article on the advantages and disadvantages of carrying a gun openly or concealed; only in the United States could a George Zimmerman or Michael...