Wednesday round-up

Yesterday the Senate confirmed Noel Francisco as solicitor general by a vote of 50-47. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. Additional coverage comes from Ryan Lovelace in The Washington Examiner, Alex Swoyer in The Washington Times and Jessie Kokrda Kamens at Bloomberg Big Law Business.

At the Associated Press, Mark Sherman reports that although “President Donald Trump’s travel ban offers the Supreme Court the chance to make a major pronouncement on the president’s power over immigration, … the case also could vanish into the legal ether, and that may be what a majority of the court is hoping for.” At Take Care, Joshua Matz, introducing excerpts from an amicus brief filed in the entry-ban cases on behalf of a group of constitutional law scholars, argues that “the President’s public statements—before and after inauguration—about why he issued his executive order” constitute “admissions of anti-Muslim animus.”

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