This morning the Court released a per curiam opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming the decision below by an equally divided Court.  At issue in the case was whether public-sector “agency shop” agreements violate the First Amendment. Lyle Denniston covered the opinion for this blog, while other early coverage comes from Nina Totenberg of NPR, Pete Williams of NBC News, Mark Walsh at Education Week, Ariane de Vogue of CNN, Adam Liptak of The New York Times, Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, Richard Wolf of USA Today, Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal, Robert Barnes of The Washington Post, David G. Savage of the Los Angeles Times, Sam Hananel of the Associated Press, Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed, Brian Mahoney and Josh Gerstein of Politico, Greg Stohr of Bloomberg, Debra Cassens Weiss of ABA Journal, Dave Jamieson of Huffington Post, Lydia Wheeler of The Hill, Ed Pilkington of The Guardian, and Daniel Fisher of Forbes.

Early commentary comes from Jasob Bedrick for Cato Institute, Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress, Noah Feldman of Bloomberg View, Libby Nelson of Vox, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, Pema Levy of Mother Jones, Deborah J. La Fetra for Forbes, Hera Arsen of the Ogletree Deakins blog, and Lisa Soronen for CitiesSpeak.

The Court also ordered supplemental briefing in Zubik v. Burwell, asking both sides to provide alternative proposals for administering the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. Coverage of the order comes from Lyle Denniston for this blog, Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, Greg Stohr of Bloomberg, Richard Wolf of USA Today, Roberts Barnes of The Washington Post, Tierney Sneed of Talking Points Memo, and commentary from Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress.

[Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel on amicus briefs in support of the respondents in both Friedrichs and Zubik.]

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Recommended Citation: Molly Runkle, Afternoon round-up: Today’s opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, plus supplemental briefing in birth-control mandate case, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 29, 2016, 2:09 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/03/afternoon-round-up-todays-opinion-in-friedrichs-v-california-teachers-association-plus-supplemental-briefing-in-birth-control-mandate-case/