SCOTUS 7/9/2020 

From Amy Howe: "The arguments here and in the Court of Appeals were limited to absolute immunity and heightened need. The Court of Appeals, however, has directed that the case may be returned to the District Court, where the President may raise further arguments as appropriate."

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SCOTUS 7/9/2020 

NY State is allowed to subpeona Trump's taxes in a 7-2 decision, Alito and Thomas dissenting.

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SCOTUS 7/9/2020 

They're having fun on SCOTUSBlog this morning:

"Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the season finale of “SCOTUS in Quarantine.” Teams of writers trained in dramatic and comedic craftsmanship at some of the nation’s finest law schools have brought us to this endpoint after more than nine months of unbelievable twists and turns. Airing at 10 a.m. Eastern time. (Check local listings.)"

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SCOTUS 7/9/2020 

Well, we'll see how the world changes today.

USPol, Trump 

@lawremipsum That they treat Trump as a storm they can weather and then make money in the midterms again makes me :knife_agender: .

Feel my vision's getting worst lately, but it could be that I'm spending way too much time in front of screens.

I really liked reading through Dragon Heist--the opening chapters are really fun, the worldbuilding neat. And then you get to the railroady portion and it's like . . . oh. Oh this ain't fun at all.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@naga @MmeLibertine Admin law nerds love that the APA has proven the most effective bulwark against the Trump Admin because they are chronically unable to show their work.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@naga @MmeLibertine Generally, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are all skeptical of the role the administrative state plays. Thomas too, for that matter, such that they want to destroy it. But there was also some recent cases involving rule-making and such that didn't get completely blown-up, so it's hard to gauge.

Funnily enough, SCOTUS recently made it a lot easier for POTUS to fire people, so I would expect a lot of housecleaning come January if Biden wins.

USPol, SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@naga @MmeLibertine Right, lol.

I feel the Dems have a good chance to take the Senate but there's still going to need to kill the filibuster. And they're going to need to do more than fix healthcare. Hopefully expanding voting rights and our ability to vote will help them maintain a majority for such changes to last, but your guess is as good as mine there.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@naga @MmeLibertine I can only hope that this and the pandemic leads to some major reforms, but that depends on a LOT.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@naga @MmeLibertine That's what I understand. From an advocacy standpoint, as we look to fixing (oh please oh please) healthcare ,these opinions make employer-based healthcare even worse because employers can cite religious or moral objections to paying for contraceptive care. So, from a policy standpoint, we need government sponsored care to pick up the slack there or elsewhere, because employers will start using these exceptions to prevent people getting the care they need.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@MmeLibertine put another way, if SCOTUS is giving all these religious exemptions to employers for healthcare costs, SCOTUS is raising the question (not intentionally but by implication) about why are we even doing it this way rather than through government-sponsored care, which wouldn't be similarly hamstring.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

Someone pointed out that the SCOTUS is making a further case that tying healthcare to employment is a terrible idea.

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SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@t54r4n1 3 cases left, the tax and financial documents items and a case regarding tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma: cnn.com/2020/07/05/politics/su

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

@t54r4n1 I believe it is indeed who can access the papers.

SCOTUS 7/8/2020 

Looks like the Trump tax decisions are coming down tomorrow on the last day of opinions.

Loves drama, our Court.

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