| Jun 29, 2015
| 12:05 PM
As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its eventful term this week, many political analysts are stepping back to look at the history leading up to its important decisions, particularly on the marriage case. The name that keeps coming up is Robert Bork.
| Jun 26, 2015
| 2:20 PM
WASHINGTON Anthony Kennedy seemed the safest, straightest-arrow Republican possible when President Ronald Reagan elevated him from an appeals court seat in Sacramento to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But with his majority decision Friday finding the...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Anthony M. Kennedy was a 44-year-old appeals court judge in Sacramento — a Republican appointee and happily-married Catholic — when he first confronted the question of whether the Constitution protected the rights of gays and lesbians.
| May 1, 2015
| 4:23 PM
This week the Supreme Court upheld a Florida rule prohibiting candidates for judge from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 ruling, but it was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg&...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 6:39 PM
The Saturday Night Massacre was a scorched-earth moment in the Watergate affair.
On Oct. 20, 1973, the two highest-ranking members of the Justice Department, Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson and his deputy, William D. Ruckelshaus, quit rather than follow...
| Nov 26, 2013
Re "The post-nuclear Senate," Editorial, Nov. 24
You gloss over the hypocrisy of the president and the Democrats in the Senate who imposed the nuclear option.
These are the same people who, when the Republicans threatened to impose the nuclear...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 9:51 PM
WASHINGTON — Companies that make generic drugs, the medications most Americans buy, are fighting to kill a proposed federal regulation that would require them for the first time to warn patients of all the known health risks of each drug they sell....
| Jun 5, 2014
| 12:25 PM
President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding the knife.
| Dec 19, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Robert H. Bork, the conservative legal champion whose bitter defeat for a Supreme Court seat in 1987 politicized the confirmation process and changed the court's direction for decades, died Wednesday. He was 85.
The former Yale law professor and judge on...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, occupies a peculiar position in the pantheon of American conservative heroes. Most conservatives celebrated Judge Bork as the champion of constitutional values who was denied his rightful position on the Supreme Court by...
| Jun 6, 2004
| 5:00 AM
Ronald Reagan, the Hollywood actor who became one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century and transformed the political landscape of an era with his vision of conservative government, died Saturday at his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los...