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SCOTUS NEWS

Affirmative action cases up first in November argument calendar

 at 2:12 p.m.

The Supreme Court released its November argument calendar on Wednesday. Two high-profile affirmative action cases are among the 13 cases scheduled for oral argument in the November session.

front facade of supreme court building with tall chain fence and "area closed" signs in foreground

Security fencing around the Supreme Court. (Katie Barlow)

PETITIONS OF THE WEEK

Water and electric quarrels test the limits of tribal power

A weekly look at new and notable petitions seeking Supreme Court review. This week: the claims of two tribes concerning the right to regulate water and power on their land.

CAPITAL CASE

With no recorded dissents, justices allow execution of Alabama man to proceed

 at 7:24 p.m.

In a brief order, the court turned down last-minute appeals of Joe Nathan James, paving the way for his execution by lethal injection on Thursday evening.

STATISTICS

Lengthier opinions and shrinking cohesion: Indications for the future of the Supreme Court

 at 4:26 p.m.

The ruling in Dobbs is the clearest sign of a trend toward lengthier opinions.