For The Washington Post (subscription required), Robert Barnes reports that in a public appearance yesterday at Georgetown Law with the Clintons, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she knew there was concern about President Bill Clinton nominating a 60-year-old to the Supreme Court when he picked her in 1993”; “’If you worried about my age, it was unnecessary,’” she continued. At ABC News (via How Appealing), Devin Dwyer reports that Bill Clinton “revealed … that he openly discussed the issue of abortion” with Ginsburg before he appointed her. Ariane de Vogue reports at CNN that Hillary Clinton “admitted … that she had played a pivotal role in [her husband’s] decision” to choose Ginsburg.


  • Greg Stohr reports at Bloomberg that “[t]he Trump administration [has] asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out a lawsuit by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors that challenged the federal government’s hoarding of almost all the mortgage giants’ profits.”
  • At Bloomberg Environment (subscription required), Ellen Gilmer reports that “[t]he Supreme Court shouldn’t wade into a legal fight over state water permitting for hydroelectric dams and other energy projects, lawyers for the Trump administration said in a new filing.”
  • In another post at Bloomberg Environment, Gilmer reports that “[i]n a new petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service urged the justices to review a ruling from a lower court that required the agencies to turn over draft documents from an Endangered Species Act consultation process” under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • At The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie notes that “when the Supreme Court decided in June that it was ill-suited to policing partisan gerrymandering, Chief Justice John Roberts wove in a faint silver lining for fans of democracy” – lawsuits in state courts under state statutes and constitutions, and that a state court in North Carolina this week “effectively erased as a violation of North Carolina’s state constitution” “[t]he same skewed congressional map that the justices declined to straighten out in accordance with the federal constitution four months ago.”

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