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The Court’s decision on Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits on contributions to political parties, political action committees, and candidates for federal office, continues to dominate coverage of, and commentary on, the Court.  Yesterday this blog kicked off its symposium on the decision with a foreword from Ronald K.L. Collins and David Skover; that was followed by commentary from Richard Hasen, Burt Neuborne, Ilya Shapiro, and Paul Smith.  Look for additional commentary today from Jan Witold Baran and Fred Wertheimer.  Coverage of the decision comes from Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed, Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo (here and here), ISCOTUS (video), Adam Liptak of The New York Times, PJTV (which has a video interview with me on the case), and Steven Mazie at The Economist’s Democracy in America blog.  Commentary on the McCutcheon decision comes from Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, Garrett Epps of The Atlantic, Beverly Mann at Angry Bear (here and here), and Michael Bobelian of Forbes.


  • In advance of the release of her memoir, Meine Geliebte Welt, in Germany, Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke with the German publication Der Spiegel.
  • At the blog Boarding Area, Eric Fraser analyzes Wednesday’s opinion in Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg, in which the Court held that the Airline Deregulation Act preempts a rabbi’s state-law claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in connection with the airline’s frequent-flier program.  (Ronald Mann covered the decision for this blog.)
  • A post by Amy Bergquist at The Advocates discusses (among other things) issues relating to the Court and lethal injection.
  • At Cato at Liberty, Ilya Shapiro and Gabriel Latner discuss the amicus brief in support of certiorari that Cato filed recently in WFC Holdings Corp. v. United States.

[Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in Sepulvado v. Jindal, one of the death penalty cases discussed in Amy Bergquist’s post at The Advocates.  However, I am no longer affiliated with the firm.]

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 4, 2014, 8:35 AM),