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The Court was not in session yesterday, but coverage of and commentary on the Court’s actions this week continue.  On Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, in which it is considering whether the Fair Housing Act provides a cause of action based on disparate impact.  I covered the arguments in Plain English for this blog, with other coverage from Sam Hananel of the Associated Press (via Yahoo! News); commentary comes from Garrett Epps in The Atlantic, Elizabeth Warren in The Washington Post, Steven Mazie in The Economist (registration or subscription required), Mark Joseph Stern of Slate, Zachary Roth at MSNBC, and the editorial boards of The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News

The Court also heard oral arguments that day in the Fourth Amendment case Rodriguez v. United States. Rory Little covered the case for this blog, with commentary from Leslie Shoebotham at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights.  And at ISCOTUSnow, Edward Lee predicts the winners in both of Wednesday’s oral arguments based on the number of questions for each side.

Other coverage and commentary focus on Tuesday’s oral arguments.  David H. Gans weighs in on the argument in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center at the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Text and History Blog, while at PrawfsBlawg Richard Re considers the scenario (noted by Justice Kagan at Tuesday’s argument) in which the federal government’s brief does not include signatures from relevant government agencies.  The National Constitution Center has a podcast on Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, in which the Court is considering whether Florida can prohibit candidates for judgeships from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

On Wednesday, a conservative group filed a petition asking the Court “to end an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen supportive organizations, arguing that the probe was an unconstitutional infringement of their free speech rights.”  Coverage comes from Scott Bauer of the Associated Press (via, M.D. Kittle of the Wisconsin Reporter, Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Dee J. Hall of the Wisconsin State Journal.


  • At crImmigration, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández discusses last week’s grant in the immigration case Mata v. Holder, in which the Court will consider whether “a regulatory deadline by which motions to reopen must be filed could be bent.”
  • Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk marked the fifth anniversary of the Court’s decision in Citizens United with a program that discusses the decision and its impact.

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 23, 2015, 6:35 AM),