Growing numbers of people are flocking to U.S. churches that center their practice around a psychedelic tea known as ayahuasca.
Adler writes: he answer to objectionable speech is not to silence the speaker, for that serves only to create a martyr for the principle of free speech.
House Republicans have begun their promised aggressive oversight of the Biden administration. The focus Wednesday was on what watchdogs describe as “indications of widespread fraud” in federal coronavirus aid programs initiated under President Donald Trump.
The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever.
Adler writes: Curious readers have asked about the constitutional, legal and historical foundations of government authority to classify documents.
The U.S. agency in charge of jumpstarting the production of key components for the nation’s nuclear arsenal is falling short when it comes to having a comprehensive schedule for the multibillion-dollar project.
Adler writes: The Supreme Court has not overruled Buck v. Bell, or rebuked Justice Holmes’s opinion.
Adler writes: Until Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court had said little about the rights of schoolchildren, but what it had said was memorable.
Adler writes: Congress, however, is not powerless to punish its members for improprieties.
Adler writes: The founders’ great experiment in self-governance remains a work in progress. All that is stake, of course, is the future of our republic and whether, as Benjamin Franklin put it, “we can keep it.”
Adler writes: Time will reveal whether the Department of Justice will act on the historic criminal referrals recommended by the Jan. 6 committee.
Nearly 6 million Americans have taken Paxlovid for free, courtesy of the federal government. The Pfizer pill has helped prevent many people infected with COVID-19 from being hospitalized or dying. But the government plans to stop footing the bill within months.
Adler writes: Given that state authority is at its highest pitch when a state’s highest court contemplates and rules on its own constitution and state laws, it would be extremely awkward for the U.S. Supreme Court to say to the high court in North Carolina: You are wrong about your constitution.
Adler writes: As such, there are no legal grounds or principles within the architecture of the Constitution for the annulment, destruction or termination of the supreme law of the land, despite desperate motives harbored by desperate men.
Adler writes: The Burger Court, it seemed, had succeeded in offending Christians and non-Christians alike. Some days, the Court can’t win.
Adler writes: The virtues of Near v. Minnesota are exhausting to recount. The Court’s decision defined freedom of the press.
Adler writes: The enormous pressures and hardships — financial, medical and psychological -- inflicted on the citizenry by the Great Depression required creative governmental responses that stressed the limits of the Constitution.
Adler writes: It may be said, then, that Virginia won the battle, but lost the war.
Adler writes: The future of affirmative action admissions programs in the nation’s universities is unclear.
Adler writes: Chief Justice Marshall was intent on placing beyond doubt that a subpoena could reach the president.
Adler writes: Stevens assigned the opinion to O’Connor, but she demurred, saying, “I really think Ruth ought to write this.”
Adler writes: This was progress, of course, for it gave women standing before the law, but “female exceptionalism,” that is, “single sex” protections would prove to be a two-edged sword.