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  • The AP reports that “[t]wo journalists who helped cover the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh are working on a book about the newest Supreme Court justice.”
  • At, Tony Mauro covers the recent uptick in law firm bonuses for Supreme Court clerks, reporting that “the prevailing hiring bonus for Supreme Court clerks is $400,000—up from $300,000 in 2015,” and that “[i]f the trend continues, the clerk bonus will soon approach twice the annual salary of the justices they work for.”
  • In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Brett Reistad explains the significance to veterans and others of the monument at issue in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, an establishment clause challenge to the placement on public land of a World War I memorial shaped like a cross.

  • At the Cato Institute’s Cato at Liberty blog, Ilya Shapiro and Michael Finch urge the justices to review Gunderson v. Indiana, a challenge to the state’s “attempt[] to take … beach property without just compensation by abusing the common-law doctrine of ‘public trust.’”
  • In an op-ed for The Hill, Richard Custin argues that the court should review Daniel v. United States, a challenge to a “doctrine [that] bars active-duty service members from bringing any claims of medical malpractice against the military.”
  • At The National Law Review, Rachel Berry and others discuss the recent opinion in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, in which the justices held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to all state and local governments, no matter how many employees they have.
  • Also at The National Law Review, Rafael Reyneri looks at PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc., a dispute over “junk faxes” that asks “whether federal courts are bound to accept a federal agency’s interpretation of a statute such as the [Telephone Consumer Protection Act] without considering the validity of that interpretation,” which “has important implications for administrative law.”
  • At Florida Court Review, John Cavaliere unpacks Justice Stephen Breyer’s statement respecting Tuesday’s cert denials in Reynolds v. Florida and a group of related challenges to Florida’s capital-sentencing process.

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 15, 2018, 7:11 AM),