| Jan 14, 2014
Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business.
On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has for the first time ruled that the National Security Agency's once-secret policy of collecting the dialing records of all phone calls in the country probably violates the Constitution, a defeat for the government that...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:24 PM
WASHINGTON — Veteran peace activist Dennis Apel says he was exercising his 1st Amendment rights when he was arrested after marking the start of the 2003 Iraq war by throwing some of his blood at a Vandenberg Air Force Base sign north of Santa...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:00 PM
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 this week, in front of 1,300 adoring conservative lawyers...
| 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 6, 2013
| 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings at a time of vastly greater diversity of religious belief than earlier in the nation’s history.
The justices have...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 7:03 PM
WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 1:56 PM
In 1969, in a case involving children who were disciplined for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court ruled that students don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." ...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Jimmy Kimmel got some yucks from his audience the other night when he sent faux pollsters out to ask ordinary Americans which they preferred: “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act. Of course, they’re one and the same, but that didn&...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Going into Tuesday’s Supreme Court oral argument, supporters of limits on campaign contributions were afraid, very afraid, that a majority of the court would signal that it was ready to declare them unconstitutional. Based on questions and...