The U.S. federal courts are being forced to apply 1976 law to modern digital innovations. With respect to two new digital services, judges took two different paths, ruling one was compliant with federal copyright law, while another was not.
A report from the Pew Center on the States documented how the U.S. voter registration system, with all its faults and failings, cost 2 million votes in 2008. It's also light years behind many other democracies, in terms of enabling eligible voters to vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would consider whether President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation is constitutional — and they've booked 5.5 hours for the discussion in the spring.
Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.
This week, the Supreme Court will hear three very different cases, from a corporate trial, to gun control laws, to international torture laws. New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak previews each case.