Supreme Court

In Georgia, a Blueprint for Battling Obamacare
January 14, 2013

The health care debate shifts to conservative states, where the media scrutiny is light and the politics hostile.

Charles Cooper: The Other Superlawyer in the Gay Marriage Case
January 14, 2013

One of the most remarked-upon aspects of the upcoming Supreme Court challenge to California’s gay-marriage ban is the odd couple leading the charge: Ted Olson and David Boies, the conservative and liberal superlawyers who squared off in 2000 in Bush

State of Play: The Video-Game Burning in Connecticut Can Only Backfire
January 10, 2013

The well-intentioned people of Southington, Conn., are only going to make things worse.

Gun Control Can Survive the Supreme Court
December 28, 2012

Recent Second Amendment rulings are unlikely to stand in the way of sensible gun-control measures.

Torture, America, and the Laws of War
December 21, 2012

Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32)   WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.

Borking Around
December 20, 2012

Bork—and his video rental history—was this writer's Watergate.

Gun Politics Can Change. They Have Before.
December 17, 2012

Why do so many people in Washington think it will be impossible to tighten gun control?

The Beauty and Inhumanity of Oscar Niemeyer’s Architecture
December 12, 2012

Don’t believe it when you read that Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect who died this week only days before he would have turned 105, was the one who took the chill off modernist design with his flamboyantly curving, white thin-shell concrete buildings. That’s the sort of nonsense that gets peddled in obituaries and haigiographies, particularly when a charismatic charmer distorts the historical record to inflate his own contribution, takes credit for the innovations of others, and outlives—by decades!—his competitors.

How Can the Supreme Court Help Gay Rights? By Keeping Out Entirely
December 12, 2012

Dear Supreme Court Justices, Last week, you agreed to hear two landmark cases about gay marriage. In the broader of the two cases, which comes out of California, you could establish same-sex marriage nationwide as a matter of constitutional right. This is a ruling that most gay Americans would celebrate as a historic victory for civil rights. But I want to suggest that you make history, and advance the cause of gay equality, in a different way: by butting out. I bow to no one in my support for marriage equality.

Can Gay Marriage Supporters Count on Kennedy?
December 11, 2012

Whether narrow or broad, his decision is likely to favor marriage equality.

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