| Oct 6, 2014
| 8:48 PM
Just 12 years ago, it was illegal for gays and lesbians to marry anywhere in the U.S.
But Monday, the drive to legalize same-sex marriage — which began some two decades ago as a seemingly far-fetched quest — neared final victory as...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 6:16 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed new voting restrictions, considered among the nation's most stringent, to go into effect.
The court, with two of the nine justices dissenting, granted a last-minute request by state officials seeking to...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 7:31 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly.
On the first day...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 11:07 AM
Marriage equality took one of its biggest leaps forward today without anything happening at all. By deciding not to hear any of the same-sex marriage cases appealed to it, the Supreme Court immediately voided bans on gay marriage in five more states...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:57 PM
September 2013: The United States and Russia reach a deal to rid Syria of its arsenal of chemical weapons, promoting Jewish groups to suspend their efforts lobbying for U.S. strikes against Damascus.
Rabbi Philip Berg, founder of the Kabbalah Centre...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 5:03 AM
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg walked from behind a stage curtain on a recent Friday afternoon, a huge roar went up from the jammed auditorium at George Washington University.
"Everyone here is thrilled to be in the presence of the Notorious R.B.G.!"...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:39 PM
To the editor: I find the debate about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg more than fascinating, and I understand those who would have her retire so that President Obama may pick her replacement. ("Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg signals she has no...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 2:20 PM
All of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today can trace their roots to a group of about 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago.
So says a new study in the journal Nature Communications. An international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 10:20 AM
For a quarter of a century, the feisty little indie label Cedille Records has stood out as a plucky survivor in a domestic classical recording business that has been buffeted by a slumping economy, vanishing retail stores, the inexorable advance of pop...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 11:02 AM
As if the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation weren’t enough of a 1970s flashback, the Equal Rights Amendment is back in the news. The Associated Press reports that Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, and Carolyn...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Let’s see: The U.S. Supreme Court has nine justices. Six of them are men and three of them are women.
The three women happen to have been appointed by Democratic presidents: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Clinton, and Elena Kagan...