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Uncertain Justice

The Supreme Court's deciding votes in four of the biggest cases are expected in the coming month. And, as in the past, Justice Kennedy may hold the key to how...

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MAIL Swing Voter Re "What Will Justice Kennedy Do?" [June 18]: It is depressing that Anthony Kennedy seems to be the only Justice not blinded by a set of...

What Will Justice Kennedy Do?

At 6 a.m. in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, when some Pentagon brass and White House aides are just rolling out of bed, Justice Anthony Kennedy is...

What Will Kennedy Do?

For decades the country’s top lawyers have tried to come up with a unifying theory for Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence in hopes of winning over the...

The Swing Voter Who Matters Most

A few years ago, an academic study on judicial decisionmaking suggested that judges generally make intuitive decisions--and then sometimes override them through...

Of Broccoli and Broken Bones

First, if you haven’t read Kate Pickert’s excellent coverage of yesterday’s supreme court arguments about the Affordable Care Act, you should. Right now. Reading...

Kagan's Supreme Court Test: Winning Over Kennedy

The background guidance from the White House is that President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court because he wants...

When the Supremes Get Along

The Supreme Court ended its 2007-2008 term by handing down a flurry of big decisions the last few days, most notably granting a constitutional protection for...

Courting Controversy

Ever since Robert Bork was defeated in his 1987 bid for a seat on the Supreme Court, liberals have feared that the court would turn right on the issues they care...

Inside the Court

Whodunit is one of Washington's favorite games, in which the object is to figure out who were the major players behind important policy decisions in the White...

Far More Judicious

On his third swing at trying to nominate a Supreme Court Justice, Ronald Reagan adopted the strategy followed by many a batter on the verge of striking out: he...

The Judge Next Door

It was high noon on Sunday in Edwin Meese's small, elegant office on the fifth floor of the Justice Department. In armchairs that faced one another sat Meese,...

Morning Must Reads: July 24

In the news: defense contractors, Anthony Weiner, 9,000 California inmates, insider trading, Wrigley Field, Bob McDonnell, and the ratio of royal babies to...