Supreme Court

Between the Lines

'America’s Unwritten Constitution' is a novel and often persuasive analysis of how our written Constitution blends with an unwritten one to form a coherent whole.

The Third Political Branch

We like to think of the Supreme Court as above politics. But its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s quest for power.

Great Exhortations

More than any other recent U.S. president, Barack Obama has succeeded in puzzling the pundits. His imperturbability and coolly analytical style have led even such...

Obama Needs to Hope Again

If a president finds himself in the role of a political scientist, he has a problem -- even when his political science lesson is 100 percent accurate. When...

Broken Promises

On the evening of April 15—the day two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than two hundred eighty—President...

A Bronx Tale

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently remarked from the bench that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 perpetuated “racial entitlement,” his fellow Justice...

Outside the Law

Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay traces the vexed history of the military commissions at Guantánamo, established...

The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is -- or at least should be -- with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded...

Claims of Conscience

Is religious conscience special? And what kinds of claims (if any) does conscience warrant? These are two of the many questions Brian Leiter raises in his...

Thwarted

Steven P. Millies In the months since the 2012 presidential election, much attention has focused on how Republican fortunes have shifted because of demographic...

Reading the Tea Leaves

Many of the groups challenging the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act on religious-liberty grounds hang their hopes on one Supreme Court case:...

More Intuition than Argument

For better or for worse, same-sex marriage is one of the most successful social movements in American history. Its claims were outside the realm of political...
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