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Wednesday round-up


  • CNN’s Joan Biskupic continues her series on the Supreme Court’s internal workings during its 2019-20 term. In her latest installment, Biskupic reports that Justice Brett Kavanaugh “urged his colleagues in a series of private memos this spring to consider avoiding decisions in major disputes over abortion and Democratic subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records.”
  • At Talking Points Memo, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy argues that the court’s rulings on subpoenas for Trump’s financial records – Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Vance – may have an “unnoticed winner.” The rulings, Torres-Spelliscy writes, may help Summer Zervos, who is suing Trump for defamation.
  • In the National Review, Josh Blackman makes the case that Justice Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh “have separated themselves” from the president who appointed them but, in doing so, have “carefully guarded presidential authority for decades to come.”
  • Westlaw Today’s Meera Gajjar reports on tribal plaintiffs’ assertion that the recent decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma works against federal defendants’ argument that the president had the power to revoke national monument status.

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Recommended Citation: James Romoser, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 29, 2020, 7:49 AM),