| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The legal push in some Republican-controlled states to restrict abortion rights suffered a setback Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma's appeal seeking to reinstate a law that effectively banned the use of...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:40 AM
HOUSTON -- Planned Parenthood and others opponents of new Texas abortion restrictions have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction blocking portions of the law concerning doctors’ admitting privileges.
The appeal was filed...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Constitutional issues involving the separation of church and state are full of paradoxes, and Wednesday’s argument in the Supreme Court over prayers at town meetings illuminated one of them.
The justices were reviewing a federal appeals court&...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:35 PM
WASHINGTON — Mulling over the beliefs of Christians, atheists, Bahais and even devil worshipers, Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings in an era of rapidly increasing...
| 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 10, 2013
Re "Prayer case bedevils Supreme Court," Nov. 7
Justice Antonin Scalia's concern that the Supreme Court might "stifle the manner in which [religious adherents] invoke their deity" can be resolved by a couple of minutes of silence when public meetings...
| Nov 13, 2013
A bizarre act of revenge against a romantic rival was the unlikely genesis of an important debate in the Supreme Court last week about federal power, states' rights and the conduct of U.S. diplomacy.
The justices were asked to overturn the conviction of...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON -- During Supreme Court arguments, Justice Clarence Thomas sits mute, not asking a single question while his colleagues on the bench jockey to get in the next interrogatory.
But late Thursday night, in front of 1,300 adoring conservative...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 4:43 PM
HOUSTON — In a U.S. Supreme Court filing Tuesday, Texas officials defended their right to enforce the state’s new abortion restrictions, arguing that they protect public health and would not significantly block women’s access to...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 11:31 AM
WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court confronted the case of Native Americans who were fired for smoking an illegal drug during a religious ceremony, Justice Antonin Scalia called a halt to granting religious exemptions under the Constitution's...