| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:36 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether to give wealthy Americans even more clout in Congress by lifting the legal limit on how much they can give to candidates and their parties, with the outcome seeming likely to depend on...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 8:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday morning in a case that could give wealthy Americans even more clout with lawmakers and political parties, lifting one of the final restrictions on handing out campaign money.
| Oct 7, 2013
Almost 40 years ago, in Buckley vs. Valeo, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress didn't violate the 1st Amendment when it imposed reasonable limits on contributions to political candidates and campaign committees in an attempt to check the role of big...
| Oct 6, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear three cases during the 2013-14 term that might dramatically alter the landscape of constitutional law. Campaign finance reform, abortion and the separation of church and state are all on the agenda. When the dust settles, if...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:52 PM
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a campaign finance case that could be even bigger than the last one, the infamous Citizens United case of 2010. The new case, McCutcheon vs. FEC, challenges the aggregate spending...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Was justice served Monday when a little girl called Veronica was taken from her biological father, a Cherokee, and returned to the white South Carolina couple who had begun to adopt her at birth four years ago?
This is one of those heartbreaking stories...
| Sep 24, 2013
We are in the midst of the first serious reexamination of government spying since the 1970s.
President Obama has asked a special review panel for initial recommendations by November. The normally secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.
Increasingly, the money...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 7:53 AM
The Smithsonian announced Wednesday that G. Wayne Clough, the head of the institution, will step down as the museum's leader next year. He has held the job for six years.
Clough is perhaps best known to Culture Monster readers for his 2010 decision to...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Despite lobbying by the news media and members of Congress, the Supreme Court seems no closer than it was a year ago -- or a decade ago -- to allowing television cameras to record its arguments. But with a minor change in its routine, it could make...
| 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...