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  • At USA Today, Richard Wolf reports that “[a]mong the issues that deeply divide the Supreme Court[,] … one of the most personal is whether to take their reserved front-row seats for the president’s annual State of the Union address,” and that “[f]our of nine justices attended President Trump’s delayed address Tuesday night, led as usual by Chief Justice John Roberts, who has lamented the partisan nature of the event.”
  • At the Cato Institute’s Cato at Liberty blog, William Yeatman is skeptical of claims that a victory for the challengers in Kisor v. Wilkie, in which the justices will reconsider precedents that require courts to defer to a federal agency’s reasonable interpretation of its own regulations, “would rock the foundations of administrative law.”
  • At Rewire.News’ Boom! Lawyered podcast, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy note that “[t]he Supreme Court issued a stay against an anti-choice law in Louisiana—but only for a few days, perhaps,” and they “try to make sense of this puzzling move by the Court and what might happen next.”
  • At Huffpost, Paul Blumenthal writes that some progressives “are turning to a new strategy to keep the [Supreme Court] from damaging their policy priorities: presenting arguments to its conservative justices in a language they understand.”
  • At Law360 (subscription required), Alan Ellis and others weigh in on United States v. Haymond, a constitutional challenge to a statute that required a judge to reimprison a sex offender found to have violated the conditions of his supervised release by possessing child pornography, noting that a victory for the defendant would “will have far-reaching implications not just for sex offenders, but for the tens of thousands of individuals currently on supervised release[,] and perhaps even add another nail in the coffin of judicial sentencing based on uncharged conduct not found beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 6, 2019, 7:00 AM),