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In year-end report, Roberts praises “unsung heroes” of the pandemic

Posted Thu, December 31st, 2020 6:00 pm by Amy Howe Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on Thursday, and the theme – perhaps unsurprisingly – was the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts paid tribute to everyone in the federal court system and the federal government who allowed the courts to carry out their work […]

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February argument calendar includes immigration, voting-rights cases

Posted Thu, December 31st, 2020 1:30 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Thursday released the calendar for its February argument session, which begins on Feb. 22, 2021. Like the argument calendar for January 2021, the session is relatively light: It is slated to feature eight hours of argument over six days, but with […]

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Missed deadline complicates Trump’s plan for census data, despite court’s ruling that allowed him to move forward

Posted Thu, December 31st, 2020 11:50 am by Amy Howe Twelve days after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a plan to change how census numbers are used to determine congressional representation, the Census Bureau confirmed that it would not meet a key year-end deadline to provide state-by-state population counts to […]

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How a veteran sketch artist offers a peek into oral arguments in the work-from-home era

Few people get the chance to watch an oral argument at the Supreme Court. Art Lien is one of them. As an artist who has been sketching the court for more than four decades, Lien has attended – and studied – hundreds of arguments. In a courtroom devoid of cameras, Lien uses little more than […]

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Tax Policymakers

The world is ready to close the book on 2020 and start fresh in 2021, awaiting widespread vaccination, an end to the pandemic, and the beginning of a new chapter of economic recovery. With a fresh start in mind, and a healthy dose of optimism, here are three New Year’s resolutions for crafting better tax […]

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Court names new reporter of decisions

Amy Howe Independent Contractor and Reporter Posted Mon, December 28th, 2020 4:46 pm Posted Mon, December 28th, 2020 4:46 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court announced on Monday that Rebecca Anne Womeldorf has been named the new reporter of decisions. She succeeds Christine Luchok Fallon, who retired in September. Womeldorf will begin her new […]

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Sparkling Wine Taxes in Europe

This week, people around the world will celebrate New Year’s Eve, with many opening a bottle of sparkling wine to wish farewell to—a rather consequential—2020 and offer a warm welcome to the—by many of us, long-awaited—new year 2021. If you have ever wondered about the tax consequences of opening that bottle of sparkling wine—yes, there […]

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How High Are Champagne Taxes in Your State?

Whether 2020 has felt like a blur or a slog—whether it feels like December or as if it’s still March—we are finally reaching the end of a hard year. Traditional New Year’s Eve parties may be out this year, but if your festivities still include popping a bottle of bubbly, the champagne you toast with […]

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Petitions of the week: Federal funding for sanctuary cities and another dispute about the border wall

Posted Thu, December 24th, 2020 11:30 am by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to delve further into contentious issues of immigration policy. One group of cases challenges the Trump administration’s attempt to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities. Another case involves certain construction projects that are part […]

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The COVID-19 Relief Bill Contains Over $100 Billion in State Aid After All

Much has been made of the decision not to include state and local government relief in the $910 billion Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act which recently passed Congress, pending presidential action. The exclusion of direct aid in the lame duck session legislation was likely informed by the relatively good shape of many states’ […]