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  • At the Human Rights at Home Blog, Jeremiah Ho weighs in on Matal v. Tam, in which the court struck down a bar on registration of disparaging trademarks; he observes that “[i]f trademarks that disparage can be permitted in the marketplace, then negative, anti-progressive sentiments, such as hate, prejudice, and bigotry, can be commodified much more easily,” and that “it’s possible now that SCOTUS has seemingly given permission for incivility.”
  • The Heritage Foundation’s Scotus 101 podcast features discussions of “SCOTUS in the movies [and] an important 2nd Amendment case out of the D.C. Circuit,” as well as an interview with the Washington Post’s Supreme Court reporter, Robert Barnes.
  • In The University of Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Review, Daniel Tokaji looks at last term’s racial-gerrymandering cases, noting that “[t]aken together, [the two cases] limit states’ use of racial targets when drawing district lines” and “are likely to have a big impact on the next round of redistricting, especially in states where Republicans hold the pen.”
  • At Empirical SCOTUS, Adam Feldman analyzes the Supreme Court’s death-penalty-stay-application docket.
  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro points to some recent cases in which the solicitor general’s office has opposed the views of another federal agency, noting that “these intragovernment conflicts draw attention and criticism from legal purists and from judges who would prefer to hear the government speak with one voice.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 31, 2017, 7:30 AM),