| Jul 19, 2014
| 9:22 PM
Throughout American history, Congress has often been at odds with the president. But so far, the legislative body has not turned to the third government branch — the judiciary — with a lawsuit claiming the chief executive violated the...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, the judges in Washington took another big chomp out of the Affordable Care Act.
No, not the Supreme Court. This time it was the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a 2-1 panel...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:35 PM
WASHINGTON Appellate judges on Monday struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, further teeing up the marriage equality question for final resolution by the Supreme Court.
In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Virginia's marriage...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Claiming that President Obama "believes he has the power to make his own laws," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is preparing a lawsuit against the president. Is the proposed lawsuit a reaction to an aggressive use of executive power or a...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Less than two weeks after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay outside a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, cities around the country are moving to repeal similar laws or are not enforcing the...
| Jun 13, 2014
In the 1980s, New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinions but not to his own facts. More recently, philosopher-comic Stephen Colbert rejected such a confining, narrow view: "Who's Britannica to tell...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:42 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court is majestic, immensely powerful and deceptively fragile. It commands by the power of reason, and its justices are, as the great Robert Jackson once observed, not "final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because...
| Jun 27, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refined the First Amendment rights of abortion opponents who want to talk with prospective patients outside abortion clinics. In a 9-0 ruling, the court gave new guidelines to states and cities, Chicago included, that...
| Jun 21, 2014
In his dissent on public school graduations in churches, Justice Antonin Scalia focuses on the offense one takes when exposed to religion through government action. Whether one may reasonably escape that exposure is key. ("Diplomas and churches don't mix,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:53 PM
In siding with broadcasters against Aereo, a pay-TV service that lets subscribers watch local stations through the Internet, the Supreme Court resorted to a simple principle: If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, the law should treat it as a...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Aereo founder and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia called the Supreme Court's ruling that his company is in violation of the Copyright Act a "massive setback for the American consumer" that send a "chilling message to the technology industry."
| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Executive power lost the battle but won its war with the Senate over recess appointments in an important case decided Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court held that the president may make recess appointments during both breaks within sessions...