October 29, 2012 While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual — at least long enough to hear two cases argued. It is hardly the first time that the high court was the macho guy in town, staying open when the rest of the government was closed.
October 29, 2012 The Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Monday. Opponents of the law call it unnecessarily intrusive, but that's not actually what's at stake. Rather, the court will examine whether a challenge can be made in the first place.
October 19, 2012 A federal appeals court ruling has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. The case involves a widow who paid taxes on her same-sex spouse's estate.
October 14, 2012 The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their presidents. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia on Sunday. He was 82.
October 10, 2012 At issue is whether the University of Texas, Austin discriminated against a white applicant when it did not offer her a spot. At Wednesday's argument, a court majority seemed poised to reverse or severely cut back previous decisions related to affirmative action programs in college admissions.
October 10, 2012 The Supreme Court has twice in the past 35 years ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. But in agreeing to revisit the issue, the justices are indicating a possible change in course. They hear oral arguments Wednesday.
October 1, 2012 At issue is whether a group of Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S. can use the Alien Tort Statute to sue Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell for its alleged practices in Nigeria. The justices sharply questioned both the plaintiffs' attorney as well as Shell's lawyer.
October 1, 2012 Decisions are expected this term on affirmative action in higher education, same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and a lot of privacy issues. The court opens the term Monday by taking a look at a case brought against Shell Oil by 12 Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S.
July 25, 2012 Interviewing a sitting Supreme Court justice is an unusual opportunity for a journalist. If that justice is Antonin Scalia, it's also a chance to engage in some memorable give-and-take.
July 25, 2012 In an NPR interview, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talked about his new book, his relationships on the court and a recent leak to CBS alleging anger among the justices over the health care ruling. He denied that the decision sparked acrimony: "You shouldn't believe this stuff you read in the press."
July 22, 2012 District court nominees, though largely uncontroversial, have been drawn into the web of partisan stalling. There are currently 21 federal judicial nominees pending before the Senate. Four are uncontroversial appeals court nominees reported out of committee months ago. Seventeen are district court nominees.
July 16, 2012 Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the Arizona immigration case led a noted liberal to call for his resignation, and a fellow conservative jurist likened it to a "campaign speech." But during a quarter century on the high court, the colorful Scalia's writings — even in the minority — have sometimes steered the court.