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At Balkinization, Marty Lederman notes that the federal government has filed its first brief opposing certiorari in the challenges by non-profit religious groups to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate.  And in The Economist, Steven Mazie discusses two other Affordable Care Act rulings and the prospect that the Court will weigh in.  He concludes that it’s “[n]ot likely” but adds that “few expected the court to hear the frivolous semantic complaint known as King v Burwell last year.” 


  • In the Supreme Court Brief (subscription required), Tony Mauro discusses a new novel, by law professor Kermit Roosevelt, on Supreme Court clerks during World War II.
  • Tomorrow night at 6 p.m., C-SPAN Radio will air the next installment in its series on Supreme Court cases and the movies, with Rodney Smolla discussing the 1987 case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell.


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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 14, 2015, 8:55 AM),