What happens when the legislature refuses to discharge its constitutionally assigned responsibilities?
His long career in public office began with a battle for recognition, and the audacity to believe he might actually prevail.
Government employees have an obligation to follow the letter of the law despite their religious convictions—or else resign the offices they hold.
The “silent justice” has always marched to his own drum, and in the past year that drumbeat has become more distinct and strange.
The justices this year seemed to be less likely to vote along traditional partisan lines, but bitter battles over philosophical ideals in recent decisions could be a sign of bigger wars to come next fall.
The justices carried on old quarrels in new cases as the term came to a close.
In Obergefell v. Hodge, the justices complete a process they began, almost without knowing it, in 1996.
Disparate-impact claims survived in a 5-4 decision, but the narrow opinion suggests a tough fight ahead for civil-rights laws.
The chief justice’s opinion upholding Obamacare aims to fulfill his promise to serve as an impartial umpire.
The justice casts the deciding vote on the U.S. Supreme Court, as it backs Texas’s refusal to print a Confederate flag on its license plates.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s resident Cassandra tones down his prophecies in advance of the same-sex marriage decision
A bill excusing public officials from performing gay marriages caps a string of legislative victories for conservatives.
For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the power to recognize foreign governments is exclusive to the president.
After his state abolishes the death penalty, Governor Pete Ricketts vows to apply it to the ten inmates still on death row.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case at the intersection of First Amendment rights, violent hip-hop lyrics, and online harassment.
The Supreme Court will consider whether equality of representation requires equal numbers of eligible voters, or equal numbers of people.
The symbolism of the Louisiana governor’s effort to grant impunity to same-sex marriage discrimination outstrips its legal import.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner refuses to collect “fair share” fees from public employees because he expects them to be found unconstitutional.
Judges can no longer directly solicit donations, but the Supreme Court signaled that further limitations on their fundraising are now unlikely.
Opponents of same-sex unions try to convince the Supreme Court that the state has no interest in "love and commitment."