November 21, 2013 The president will be able to fill the positions needed to run the executive branch as he wants. But a more long-term benefit for President Obama will come in the federal courts, where he has been stymied more than any other modern president.
November 13, 2013 The justices are examining the legality of a key union organizing tool called a neutrality agreement. Under such a pact, employers pledge to remain neutral during union organizing campaigns. In exchange, unions promise not to picket, boycott or strike.
November 6, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.
November 5, 2013 The power of the president and Congress to make treaties and enforce state compliance has been called into question in a case involving a woman who may have violated the chemical weapons treaty in an effort to poison her husband's mistress. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday.
November 5, 2013 After her husband cheated, Carol Anne Bond started spreading toxic chemicals on surfaces the other woman might touch. She was caught and convicted of violating the Chemical Weapons Convention. But does a law implementing an international treaty apply when the victim's only injury was a thumb burn?
October 23, 2013 The Obama administration has discovered that it unintentionally misled the Supreme Court last year. The solicitor general told the court that the government always informs terrorism defendants when evidence against them is acquired with a warrantless wiretap — but federal prosecutors, in fact, had not been doing that.
October 16, 2013 One case centers on the use of a court-ordered psychiatric exam against a defendant in a murder case. The other tests under what circumstances prosecutors can seize defendants' assets before trial.
October 15, 2013 A clear majority of the U.S. Supreme Court sounded ready on Tuesday to uphold a Michigan referendum banning affirmative action in higher education. But the justices were less clear about whether they want to reverse a 40-year-old doctrine that bars changing the political process to disadvantage racial minorities.
October 15, 2013 The question this time is not whether race can be a factor in college admissions, but rather whether state voters can ban affirmative action altogether by referendum. In 2006, Michigan voters did just that with a ballot initiative amending the state's constitution.
October 8, 2013 Campaign finance laws put a cap on the total amount that individuals can give to candidates or party committees. An Alabama businessman is challenging those limits, saying his inability to give to as many candidates as he wanted to infringed on his free speech.
October 8, 2013 Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
October 7, 2013 The docket this year has nothing quite as riveting as last year's same-sex marriage cases, or the challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul from the term before. But once again, the court is facing hot-button social issues and questions of presidential and congressional power.
July 30, 2013 It's the latest in a series of court rulings equalizing benefits for legally married same-sex couples in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.