| 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...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- Not all the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in agreement with the decision Friday that will force California to remove more than 9,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons by the end of the year.
Though the court’s...
| Sep 8, 2013
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial.
This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 1:36 PM
Currently, all federal judges are required to obey a Code of Conduct for United States Judges. There's just one exception: the Supremes.
For Supreme Court justices, following the code of conduct is voluntary. Or, as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. put...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 8:10 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a major boost to marriage equality for gays and lesbians Wednesday, striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and clearing the way for gay marriages in California.
The decisions by the high court do...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 9:56 AM
There will be no “skim-milk marriages” in these United States.
That phrase, memorably coined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act in March, perfectly summed up the discriminatory law that...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 12:57 PM
After the Supreme Court opened the way for gay marriages to resume in California, how soon can gay couples wed? Here are six big questions about what happens next.
When will gay marriages resume in California?
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on...