Justice Kagan’s 55+ Curveball

The surprise entrance of an older couple caused quite a stir at the U.S. Supreme Court’s first day of arguments about same-sex marriage. Justice Elena Kagan summoned the pair from her imagination, and it seems safe to say that Charles J. Cooper, the lawyer representing proponents of limiting marriage, never saw them coming. Here’s how Kagan described them: They’re both over 55 years old, apparently heterosexual and they want to get married. Oh, and she’s past her childbearing years, though …

Robert Bork: 6 Facts About the Would-Be Supreme Court Justice

Robert H. Bork, who died on Dec. 19 at age 85 in Arlington, Va., is most famous for what he didn’t do: sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork, a former solicitor general in the Nixon administration and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to replace Justice Lewis Powell on the nation’s highest court. The announcement promptly triggered a firestorm of opposition, and Bork’s bruising five-day-long nomination hearing …