| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
| Jun 29, 2012
| 12:09 PM
Another supposed conservative Supreme Court justice has turned to the left. Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the ignominious list of Republican Supreme Court appointments who betrayed the conservative movement. The Supreme Court Justice Hall of Shame...
| Mar 30, 2012
The Supreme Court's three days of arguments on the constitutionality of the Obama health care law have triggered a guessing game, replacing for the moment the 2012 presidential campaign as topic A on the nation's nonstop talk shows. Did the justices'...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 4:10 PM
When some students at Top of the World Elementary School finish for the day, they will stay for an after-school program called Good News Bible Club and learn about Jesus.
It may even be in their same classroom.
The program is offered to first- through...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 5:00 AM
Next time the president asks you to be attorney general of the United States, it might be best to politely refuse the offer.
My reasoning: Modern day attorneys general are regularly torched by the Congressional opposition, particularly when that...
| Nov 7, 2007
| 9:21 PM
On Wednesday, there was no deal former Gov. George Ryan could cut. There was no one to cajole, and no backroom compromise to be struck.
After a long drive from his Kankakee home, Ryan reported to a federal prison camp near Oxford, Wis., to begin...
| Nov 1, 2007
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected former Gov. George Ryan's bid to remain free on bail while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his corruption conviction.
The ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means Ryan must report to...
| Oct 26, 2007
After losing another appeal Thursday, former Gov. George Ryan's dimming hope for a new trial now relies on a forceful dissenting opinion—joined by one of the nation's most influential judges—that called his six-month trial far too long and...
| Nov 14, 2006
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, reversing the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, restored a death sentence Monday for a Central California man who robbed and brutally killed a young woman 25 years ago.
The justices, in a 5-4 decision, concluded...
| Dec 6, 2007
Nearly six years after foreign prisoners were first sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a clearly divided Supreme Court debated Wednesday how to determine whether these men are dangerous enemy fighters or innocent bystanders caught up in the U.S. war against...