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Divided court blocks Texas from enforcing social media law

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on May 31, 2022 at 7:18 pm Texas Gov. Greg Abbott believes the state’s new social media law will prevent companies like Twitter from censoring conservatives. (Wikimedia Commons) The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the technology industry and blocked a controversial Texas law that bars large social media platforms […]

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Wisconsin Losing Ground to Tax-Friendly Peers

Over the past decade, the state tax landscape has grown increasingly competitive as policymakers have sought to attract investment and promote economic opportunity and growth in their states. The past two years in particular have seen an extraordinary increase in tax reform efforts, given states’ strong revenue growth despite the pandemic and policymakers’ desire to […]

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Beards and Brady (i.e., religious freedom and criminal procedure)

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on May 27, 2022 at 4:54 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Georgia corrections can prevent a Muslim prisoner from growing an untrimmed beard in accordance with his religious beliefs, and whether defendants can only bring […]

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The morning read for Friday, May 27

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on May 27, 2022 at 10:04 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Friday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: […]

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Justices decline to block Biden policy on social costs of greenhouse gases

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on May 26, 2022 at 2:59 pm The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea from Louisiana and nine other states to bar federal agencies from considering the social costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making process. In a brief, unsigned order, the justices declined to reinstate a […]

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A capital case that tests the right to represent oneself at trial

RELIST WATCH By John Elwood on May 26, 2022 at 11:45 am The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. We have two new cases to discuss this week — one unequivocal relist, and one kinda-sorta relist. Like […]

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The morning read for Thursday, May 26

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on May 26, 2022 at 10:51 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Thursday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: […]

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The morning read for Wednesday, May 25

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on May 25, 2022 at 10:05 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Wednesday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: […]

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Two Dozen States Show Why the Kansas Critique of Income Tax Cuts Is Mistaken

A decade after Kansas’s failed tax experiment, memories linger and continue to color the debate on tax reform and tax relief across the country, no matter how dissimilar other states’ plans are from the unbalanced and imprudent plan championed by then-Gov. Sam Brownback (R). The Kansas experience is so infamous that “what about Kansas?” is […]

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Courts may not “make up” new procedural rules to favor arbitration

OPINION ANALYSIS By Charlotte Garden on May 24, 2022 at 11:53 am In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court has insisted that the Federal Arbitration Act requires courts to put arbitration contracts on “equal footing” with other kinds of contracts. These decisions have often favored companies seeking to enforce arbitration agreements, rejecting rules that […]