| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:16 AM
The Supreme Court upheld federal gun laws that make it a crime when buying a weapon to lie about plans to give it to someone else.
By a 5-4 vote, the justices agreed that a "straw purchaser" of a gun is guilty of a crime, even if he and the ultimate...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 12:37 PM
| Jun 15, 2014
| 12:50 PM
ACKERMAN, Mo. In Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran is regarded as a reliable conservative.
In Mississippi, angry Republicans brand him a liberal.
As Cochran fights to win renomination in a June 24 Republican runoff against a tea-party challenger, the race...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Upholding a disputed part of the law...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
| May 19, 2014
| 7:51 PM
The Supreme Court revived a copyright lawsuit against MGM over recent profits from the 1980 film "Raging Bull," ruling that the heirs of writers and composers may wait decades before seeking royalties from the re-release of a famous work.
The court's 6-...
| May 20, 2014
| 7:09 AM
After the coffee. Before opening a week's worth of mail.
The Skinny: I worked at home last Friday and yesterday so today marks my first time back at the office since before upfront week. I hope I remember where the building is and where to park. Today's...
| Apr 27, 2014
Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information — even information from an anonymous source — that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 8:47 AM
WHAT DO YOU THINK? CLICK TO CAST YOUR VOTE! (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)
Some Democrats would like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire so that President Obama can appoint another liberal to the court before his term ends. Should...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose "compensatory opportunity" as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The Supreme Court by a lopsided vote upheld an Obama administration regulation that requires states with coal-fired power plants to reduce the air pollution that drifts across Midwest and East Coast states.
“This is a big win for the nation’...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:13 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday resurrected Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, handing the Obama administration a victory on one of its major environmental efforts.