For The Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin report that several “petitions seeking Supreme Court review of abortion restrictions are currently pending, and the justices could act on some of them in coming weeks.” At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost discusses what the court’s ruling last week overruling a 40-year-old precedent in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt may mean for the justices’ approach toward abortion cases.


  • At E&E News, Pamela King reports on Lynda Like v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, a cert petition that challenges a natural-gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, in which the petitioners claim that “many appellate courts are improperly allowing Transco and other pipeline developers to engage in a ‘take-first-pay-later’ form of eminent domain sometimes known as ‘quick take’ or immediate possession.”
  • Kimberly Robinson reports for Bloomberg Law that “[c]hallenges over cross-border shootings of Mexican teens by U.S. border patrol agents are again before the Supreme Court, which confronts the issue amid tension over Trump administration immigration policies.”

  • At The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie looks at Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, a pending cert petition that stems from two bakery owners’ refusal on religious grounds to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, in which the justices have been asked to overrule Employment Division v. Smith, a 1990 case holding that “[m]ere incidental burdens on one’s religious practice are inevitable and cannot be considered infringements on religious liberty” under the Constitution.
  • In the latest episode of the Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast, “Elizabeth Slattery chats with Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett about how he learned he was on President Trump’s Supreme Court short list, where to find the best BBQ in Austin, and why he walked away from Twitter.”

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