The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Maryland’s gerrymandering case, as well as a similar case in North Carolina, in March. This news may be seen as a light at the end of the tunnel for those who want to end partisan gerrymandering that has essentially allowed politicians to pick the voters in the
Now that tempers have calmed and some time has passed since the contentious questioning and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it seems appropriate to explore ideas for preventing a repeat performance. A Supreme Court Law would resolve controversies before confirmation.
Judge Kavanaugh's comments regarding the exclusionary rule suggest that he believes too many “criminals” are “getting off on technicalities.” That's a short-sighted position, more typical of a misinformed citizen afraid of crime or, worse yet, a pandering tough-on-crime politician.
Someday, the Trump presidency will be over, and I’ve been thinking about what our national restoration will look like: the moment when we will have the opportunity to restore reverence for the rule of law and humility in the exercise of power.
The day after the United States bombed airfields in Syria to punish the Assad regime for the chemical slaughter of civilians, the Justice Department quietly filed its latest brief defending a ban on refugees from that country. Next month, appeals courts on both coasts will debate the matter, hearing argument in cases from Maryland and Hawaii, where two district judges found that a revised presidential order blocking immigrants from certain predominantly Muslim countries violates the
Too many in the mainstream press are responding to the big, bold, in-your-face actions of the White House with over-the top rhetoric, historical ignorance, an utter lack of proportionality and, in some cases, just plain bias. Some nights on cable TV feel more like a feeding frenzy than journalists covering a new administration.
Speaking to a predominantly white crowd in Dimondale, Mich., recently, Mr. Trump asked African Americans: "What do you have to lose by trying something new" like him. "You're living in poverty," he said. "Your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth are unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?" The short answer is stark: a lot.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued its first ruling since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The court's decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could have mortally wounded public sector unions, stripping them of their legal ability to collect the funds to keep their doors open. However, a 4-4 ruling ultimately allowed unions to live another day. Unlike many of my union brothers and sisters, I'm disappointed by the decision, however.
A case involving a Maryland-based order of nuns appeared to divide the Supreme Court on Wednesday as attorneys argued the Obama administration overstepped its authority by requiring faith-based employers to facilitate health insurance coverage for contraception.
On a day of deadly bombings in Brussels, three of the leading Republican contenders for U.S. Senate grappled with national security and the fight against terrorism in a debate at the University of Baltimore
When the president, a former teacher of constitutional law, says, "the Constitution is pretty clear" about the need for hearings on his pick, he's not telling the truth. He's playing politics. The same goes for all the Republican senators who say the Constitution is clear that they don't have to hold hearings if they don't want to. The simple fact is that the Constitution is silent. And where the Constitution is silent, politics is supreme.
The approaching battle over the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is likely to be one for the ages, considering the huge political stakes as well as the depth of bitter partisanship in which it will unfold.
If President Obama really does want to reduce the meanness in politics, he could leave the next Supreme Court appointment up to his successor or appoint a conservative during the Senate recess who would serve only until the end of the following session. That would preserve the power balance on the court for the time being.
Mayoral candidate David Warnock explains how he hopes to create thousands of jobs. Also, segments on black power and dignity, a book for Wes Anderson fans, and David Zurawik on two new digital news and entertainment ventures.
Democratic congressional candidate Glenn Ivey is focusing on the emerging battle to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court in the first radio ad of his campaign for Maryland's 4th Congressional District, his campaign said Wednesday.