The petition of the day is:
Director of the Department of Revenue of Montana v. Department of the Treasury12-926
Issue: (1) Whether the federal savings bond statute and regulations impliedly preempt longstanding state unclaimed property laws, where the statute and regulations are wholly Continue →
The following is a series of questions posed to Floyd Abrams by Ronald Collins on the occasion of the publication of Abrams’s new book, Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment (Yale University Press, 2013).
Welcome, Continue →
We asked, over two thousand of you responded, and – as we will discuss further down in this post – we are already at work to try to implement some of your suggestions. Many thanks to all of you who Continue →
On Tuesday, May 21, the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Constitution Society will host a discussion of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. Moderator Kimberly Atkins, staff writer at Lawyers US, will be joined by Lori Alvino McGill, who serves Continue →
For years, our researchers have analyzed and crunched numbers looking for outliers -- instances where a politician relies to an unusual degree on one group of donors, for instance, or contributors from one geographic area dominate a candidate's fundraising. Earlier Continue →
Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Principal Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. At USA Today, Richard Wolf reports on the committee’s vote and discusses the prospect Continue →
My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it's only fair that office holders from other states be considered before deciding which one is the nincompoopiest of Continue →
Thousands of Tibetans and supporters all over the world today observed the “International Tibet Solidarity Day,” coinciding with the 18th anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama’s abduction by Chinese authorities. The solidarity day was called by the Kashag and the Continue →
Political leaders from across party lines in the northeast Indian state of Assam have come out in strong support of finding a lasting resolution for Tibet following lobbying efforts by exile Tibetan parliamentarians.
Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet have secretly sentenced a well-known Tibetan writer to five years in prison for expressing his viewpoints on issues considered politically sensitive by Beijing. Gartse Jigme, 36, a monk at the Gartse Monastery was sentenced on Continue →
At its May 23, 2013 Conference, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as the denial of federal funding to health care providers for offering elective abortions, the constitutionality of copyright judge appointment procedures, the reassignment of Continue →
The petition of the day is:
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Copyright Royalty Board12-928
Issue: (1) Whether the court failed to cure the violation of the Appointments Clause because, despite the judicial revision of 17 U.S.C. § 802(i) to permit the Librarian of Continue →
Conservative nonprofits that received tax-exempt status since the beginning of 2010 and also filed election spending reports with the Federal Election Commission overwhelmed liberal groups in terms of money spent on politics, an analysis of Internal Revenue Service and FEC Continue →
The real IRS scandal is not the targeting of tea party groups (though that is a scandal); it's the shocking lack of much scrutiny at all of the vast majority of politically active nonprofits that poured hundreds of millions of dollars Continue →
To those who haven’t explored the wonders of federal transportation preemption, the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday in Dan’s City Used Cars v. Pelkey may appear limited to a narrow issue that doesn’t come up often: Does federal law trump Continue →
Andrew Cohen at The Atlantic reports on how Angelina Jolie’s decision to be tested for a gene mutation that indicates an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers and undergo a preventative double mastectomy has drawn renewed attention to Association Continue →
In two separate incidents, a senior Tibetan lama and two other Tibetan political prisoners have been released after serving full five years of their prison terms. Lama Adril Lobsang Tsultrim of Wonpo Gaden Shedup Dhargyeling Monastery was released on May Continue →
In most state legislatures today, bizarre is not unusual, and off-the-wall has become the political center.
Still, it seems strange that legislators in so many states – from California to Vermont Continue →
The petition of the day is:
Bulldog Investors General Partnership v. Donoghue12-818
Issue: (1) Whether the Second Circuit erred by holding that respondents had Article III, § 2 standing to prosecute this action in federal court under § 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Continue →
The D.C. Circuit Court, before moving ahead with a significant test case on the war crimes powers of Guantanamo Bay military commissions, has asked for a firm indication of whether the detainee involved actually wants the case to go on. Continue →
The first congressional hearing triggered by the news that the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately targeted tea party groups for additional scrutiny begins Friday, and it's clear the issue isn't going away anytime soon. The Center for Responsive Politics has been Continue →
Coverage of Monday’s orders and decisions continued to trickle in yesterday.
At this blog, Ronald Mann reports on Monday’s decision in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., in which the Court held that the doctrine of patent exhaustion does not allow a farmer Continue →
Step right up, folks, and take your chances in the Amazing New American Workplace. Constantly high unemployment! Low wages always! No employee bargaining power! A corporate paradise!
This paradise has enriched Continue →