Yesterday the justices, with no recorded dissents, temporarily blocked a lower-court order that required the federal government to turn over additional documents related to the administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Amy Howe covers the ruling for this blog; her coverage first appeared at Howe on the Court. At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports that “the ruling stressed that the Justices were not taking a position on who should win the case in the end.” Additional coverage comes from Stephen Dinan for The Washington Times, Adam Liptak for The New York Times, and Josh Gerstein at Politico, who reports that “the fact that the Supreme Court’s new opinion is largely a procedural road map and not a final ruling on what records DACA supporters are entitled to may have led to the consensus decision.”

Yesterday the court also released the argument calendar for the February session. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage, which first appeared at Howe on the Court.


  • At Reuters, Lawrence Hurley reports that “[e]ight months into his lifetime U.S. Supreme Court appointment, Neil Gorsuch has given every indication through his votes in key cases and remarks from the bench he will be a stalwart of the conservative legal agenda, as President Donald Trump promised.”
  • At CNN, Joan Biskupic reports that “Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday called for a review of the federal judiciary’s procedures for protecting court employees from misconduct.”
  • In the latest episode of the Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast, Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates “share their Christmas wish lists and discuss the best and worst decisions of the year.”
  • A Daily Journal podcast features a discussion of this term’s second partisan-gerrymandering case, Benisek v. Lamone, with election-law expert Richard Pildes.
  • In audio available at The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro talks to former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about new research showing that “coveted clerkships at the Supreme Court continue to mostly still go to white male lawyers.”

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