| Sep 8, 2013
Churches and other nonprofits long have been forbidden from endorsing political candidates. But erratic enforcement of the law has emboldened supporters of legislation in Congress that would end the restriction. Far from needing to be repealed, the ban on...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 1:36 PM
Currently, all federal judges are required to obey a Code of Conduct for United States Judges. There's just one exception: the Supremes.
For Supreme Court justices, following the code of conduct is voluntary. Or, as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. put...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Last month, the Senate moved back from the brink of the “nuclear option,” a parliamentary maneuver that would have allowed Democrats to confirm President Obama’s executive branch nominees without amassing the 60 votes needed to break a...
| Jul 3, 2013
Frederick Douglass, the most important African-American in the 19th century, was loyal to the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day, even when it turned disloyal to him. I wonder how he would feel about today's Grand Old Party?
"I knew that...
| Aug 4, 2013
It has been less than six weeks since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark law that for five decades has protected this country's most basic democratic right. But it is already clear that the decision was...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 8:42 AM
If you're not a U.S. Supreme Court junkie, you wouldn't know that the single topic that most exercised the justices in the decisions issued in late June was the arcane law of standing. This is the requirement that every case before the court pose two...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 4:04 PM
What does Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig have in common with Egyptian generalissimo Abdelfatah al-Seesi? Nothing — except for the inclination to declare a state of exception and throw the rule book out the window.
| Aug 11, 2013
Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that students in public schools don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." A federal appeals court last week offered an expansive — but...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:34 PM
"Our country has changed," wrote a smug Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in a Supreme Court majority opinion last week that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark legislation that lowered barriers to voting for racial minorities across...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 10:18 PM
Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity.
On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers against the full citizenship of gay men and lesbians. On the other, it gave us reason for dread, gutting the...
| Jul 3, 2013
Voting rights: In the June 30 Section A, an article about the effects of the Supreme Court's decision striking down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act said Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that black voter registration in Mississippi was 6.4%...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant Cablevision Systems' request for a stay of a National Labor Relations Board hearing, set to begin July 8 in Manhattan.
The New York-based cable operator on Monday petitioned Chief Justice John Roberts to stop...