When the House of Representatives Can Sue the President

A federal judge ruled that Congress has standing to sue Obama for his administration’s health care spending. Can the challenge succeed?


What Does the Constitution Say About the War on ISIS?

The legislature refuses to discharge its constitutionally assigned responsibilities. What happens now?

Pay & Benefits

The End of Public-Employee Unions?

The Supreme Court has been asked to take a case that could deal a crippling blow to the labor movement.


Imperfect Union: The Constitution Didn't Foresee Divided Government

Watching the battle between Obama and a Republican Congress for two years may shake Americans' faith in the Framers.


Who Controls Foreign Policy: The President or Congress?

A Supreme Court case over whether passports for people born in Jerusalem should read "Israel" or not could have a surprisingly big effect on the balance of power in the United States.


The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court

Like Barack Obama, the chief justice came into office promising an age of apolitical comity. And like the president, he has seen his dream die.


How the Supreme Court Can Sidestep a Recess-Appointments Dilemma

A dazzling argument by Miguel Estrada shows how the justices can reach a ruling Noel Canning: Just say the Senate decides when it's in recess.


Did Rand Paul Ask the Wrong Questions in His Drone Filibuster?

By focusing on improbable dangers to everyday people, the senator distracted Americans from the real issues.


Can We Talk Calmly About Obama's 'Executive Orders'?

No president can do the job without them. Let's try to be clear about which ones are valid and which aren't.