At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that yesterday “[t]he Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to give the president more control over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency that regulates mortgages and credit cards,” “[a]sking the court to take up a pending appeal” and to rule that “the Constitution requires that the president be allowed to fire the agency’s director for any reason.” Jess Bravin reports for The Wall Street Journal that “Tuesday’s brief, filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, reverses the position the CFPB took before the lower courts, continuing the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the bureau’s power and roll back other provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that the banking industry complains are too burdensome.”


  • Robert Barnes writes for The Washington Post that “[r]evivals of allegations against [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh roil the White House, Capitol Hill and the Democratic presidential nomination trail,” but “at the Supreme Court, once you’re in, you’re in.”
  • At Lambda Legal, Diana Flynn argues that “discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status,” at issue in three cases the court will hear this fall, “necessarily takes determinative account of the victim’s sex” under federal employment-discrimination law.
  • At the Volokh Conspiracy, Josh Blackman announces the publication of “An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know,” a “book and video series [that] teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries,” co-authored by Blackman and Randy Barnett.
  • At National Review’s Bench Memos blog, Kristen Waggoner urges the court to review Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, in which the court will decide whether the First Amendment bars Washington state from requiring a Christian florist to design flowers for a same-sex wedding, and to rule “that the government should not tell creative professionals what they must celebrate through their art.”

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