| Jan 26, 2014
President Obama's recent speech on government surveillance is dominating the conversation, but he won't be making the key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency's collection of domestic phone data. The statutory provision authorizing...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:16 PM
As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 1:56 PM
In 1969, in a case involving children who were disciplined for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court ruled that students don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." ...
| Jan 14, 2014
Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
| Dec 29, 2013
This report on the State of Conservatism comes at the end of an annus mirabilis for conservatives. In 2013, they learned that they may have been wasting much time and effort.
Hitherto, they have thought that the most efficient way to evangelize the...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 3:08 PM
This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks, on the premise that a fetus at that stage of development can feel pain. His Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a federal version of legislation...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. isn’t a member of the tea party, but he alluded to one of the movement’s obsessions the other day during oral arguments in one of the more unusual cases of the court’s current term. It involves Carole...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The fifth and sixth years of a presidency often end up being high noon for judicial politics. This time the first confrontation concerns the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the venue for many important regulatory issues and a training ground for...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:04 PM
WASHINGTON — In a case that could narrow legal protections against police searches, a majority of Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to reject an appeal from an imprisoned Los Angeles gang member who contended that after he objected to a...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Neither rich nor poor may sleep under the bridges of Paris. Is that law neutral with respect to who's doing the sleeping? If you think the answer is obvious, think again — and think abortion.
In McCullen v. Coakley, which the Supreme Court heard...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:34 PM
WASHINGTON — In a case pitting free speech against abortion rights, Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they were inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone to prevent protesters from approaching clinics that...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:07 AM
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they are inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics.
Anti-abortion activists called the law a violation of free speech that...