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Yesterday the court held a formal investiture ceremony for the newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Amy Howe offers a firsthand account of the event for this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. For The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin and Brent Kendall report that “[a]lthough it followed an age-old ceremonial script, Thursday’s investiture couldn’t avoid implicit references to the political struggles surrounding the court.” Additional coverage comes from Jennifer Jacobs and Greg Stohr at Bloomberg, Tony Mauro for The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Ariane de Vogue at CNN, and Robert Barnes for The Washington Post.

The court announced yesterday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office on Wednesday evening, breaking three ribs, and was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning for observation and treatment. Coverage comes from William Cummings and Richard Wolf for USA Today, John Wagner for The Washington Post, Tucker Higgins at CNBC, Lydia Wheeler at The Hill, Pete Williams at NBC News, Jesus Rodriguez at Politico, and Eileen Sullivan for The New York Times, who reports that “[t]he next sitting of the Supreme Court begins Nov. 26, and Justice Ginsburg’s history suggests the injuries are not likely to keep her away.” At Vox, Aja Romano writes that news of Ginsburg’s hospitalization “has created a stir on social media.”

At NPR, Tim Mak reports that “Christine Blasey Ford is still being harassed after leveling sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers say.” Anna North discusses this story at Vox.


  • Richard Wolf reports for USA Today that “[s]o far, at least, [Kavanaugh] has emphasized ‘common sense’ over conservatism” from the Supreme Court bench.
  • For The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin reports that, on the wake of the Supreme Court’s “inconclusive technical ruling[]” last term in Benisek v. Lamone, “[a] federal court struck down a Maryland congressional district drawn by Democrats to eliminate a Republican House seat, setting the stage for another Supreme Court battle over gerrymandering.”
  • Kathryn Moore analyzes Wednesday’s argument in Culbertson v. Berryhill, which involves a statutory cap on attorney’s fees in Social Security benefit cases, for this blog.
  • At National Review, Carrie Severino argues that the midterm election results reflect “that there were tangible electoral consequences for red state Democrats who voted against Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 9, 2018, 7:01 AM),