Only retirements announced were staff, but we did have two more 5-4 rulings. First, public unions (Alito v. Kagan) which some might think can be mild in result but thinking on principle it will have staying power. Kagan, not known for hyperbole, will not "sugarcoat" this selective concern for the rights of public employees. The last opinion was a state water dispute, Breyer v. Thomas, but Kagan joined the three top conservatives this time. Orders tomorrow. Meanwhile: Horrible Mets season (though they actually won last night) alert: Sandy Alderson takes leave for (cancer) health reasons and figures on merit it should be permanent. Update: He did retire. Will comment tomorrow.