Recent article and the linked article (with video) of Obama giving Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom both were interesting and suggests the charms of Biden. But, this doesn't suddenly make him good presidential timber. Charming isn't necessarily marriage material. Needs to be cheaper, but comfort and environmentally friendly? Nice idea for a shoe. Good to see Justice Souter is still chucking (on court of appeals panel upholding gun regulations). ETA: Veep continues to be disappointing. Some appear to disagree but to me even when the action is there (like last Sunday), it lacks the same energy as the first five seasons. Doesn't "click" the same way. And, still don't buy Amy suddenly jumping to Jonah. No, it's not like -- as one person told me on Twitter -- Kellyanne (a lifetime conservative) joining the winner she previously (and probably still does) thought was a boob.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Justice Breyer's recent interview on C-SPAN gave the usual answers to televised hearings, the question not noting all the other courts that have them. This is a good article on the "shadow docket" phenomenon. Maybe, ask justices about that. Nothing really of note in orders and single opinion. Possible mooting of 2A case out of NY to hold briefing briefed here; without comment it was rejected with others. Let's see it rule change occurs. And Also: Very good completion of the second season of The Orville with a nice cameo by an old friend. Good summary of the Mueller Report findings. Come on, people!
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
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Monday, April 22, 2019
A significant week at SCOTUS starts off with grants regarding applying federal civil rights cases guarding against sex discrimination to sexual orientation and transgender claims. Of course, we aren't told why they hung on to the cases so long. Ultimately, this will be decided by control of the federal government; short term, election year will have some big cases. The other grants do not appear to be as significant. It might be notable that the DOJ opposed cert. in the immigration case. Order Day again is interesting. ETA: Case heard last week was "DIGGED" for some reason (never tell us why), talk of the Trump Court ready to uphold the census question and maybe help businesses in a FOIA case I referenced back last summer. Blood draw cases heard today too.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Other than noting trivia question (the "marijuana guy" after Bork was defeated -- happy 420 -- is only 72; he was on the panel), what stands out is the gratuitousness here. As noted in the opinion, "Conroy [House Chaplain] has clarified that the House interprets its rules to require a religious prayer." So, a secular invocation was refused. Gratuitous, even if (it is not on all fours probably) would be upheld per current doctrine. Many local secular invocations have occurred, respecting conscientious diversity. So, this is pretty avoidable.