Rather than refute John Roberts' "balls and strikes" analogy, I think we should embrace it. We should repeat it emphatically. You bet judges are like umpires. You bet they should just call balls and strikes.
Kagan would be doing the entire nation as well as the Constitution itself a service if she would use the confirmation process to express and explain her commitment to follow the Constitution -- all of it.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt animals a serious blow in its ruling today, upholding a decision that invalidated the federal law banning the commercial sale of videos showing extreme acts of animal cruelty.
Gingrich's "radical" histrionics are to be expected, no matter how offensive or patently false his claims. As we get closer to November's midterms, we're sure to witness a ratcheting up of this sort of dangerous rhetoric.