July 6, 2008 |
The most dramatic stories in any field of competitive endeavor are those that recount events that almost never happened. It's the scoreless ballgames that end with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth that linger in the psyches of winners and losers -- not the 9-3 walkovers. So it is in politics and government. Al Gore's loss to George W. Bush gnaws at Democrats because he came so close -- a few hundred more votes in Florida or a couple of thousand in New Hampshire, and history would be different.
January 22, 2010 |
The Supreme Court on Thursday upended a century's worth of campaign finance law . An immediate question raised by the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision is whether this will flood elections with suddenly legal corporate money. Less understood but deeply significant is what this shows about the court and its relationship to the Obama administration and Congress. This far-reaching ruling augurs a significant power struggle. For the first time since 1937, an increasingly conservative federal judiciary...
May 13, 2008 |
Supreme Court justices' personal investments are making it more difficult for the court to do business. The court said yesterday that it could not raise a quorum to consider review of a wide-ranging class-action lawsuit that accuses more than 50 U.S. businesses of helping South Africa's former apartheid regime. According to the court, only five of the nine justices could hear the case, and six are needed for a quorum. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Samuel A. Alito Jr. have holdings...
December 4, 2011 |
EVEN BEFORE the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama's health-care program, outside interest groups were a ngling to elbow out the justices they fear would not rule their way. Liberal groups argue that Justice Clarence Thomas should disqualify himself because of his wife's work on behalf of conservative groups that opposed the legislation. Conservatives raise questions about Justice Elena Kagan's impartiality because she was the president's solicitor general while the legislation and its legal defense...
November 3, 2009 |
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether two people can do the work of five when it comes to resolving labor-management disputes in the workplace. The National Labor Relations Board, which for decades has had the responsibility of policing similar disputes, has operated with two members -- and three vacancies -- for more than a year. The reason for this is that Democrats who retook control of Congress in 2006 objected to President George W. Bush's labor policies and thus refused to confirm his nominees.
October 1, 2009
The court agreed to consider throwing out a human rights lawsuit against a former prime minister of Somalia who is accused of overseeing killings and other atrocities. A federal judge said Mohamed Ali Samantar could not be sued, but an appeals court said the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act applies to countries, not to people. The court agreed to clarify whether new, harsher penalties for sex offenders who do not register with state sex offender databases can be imposed retroactively on people who broke the law...