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Court will hear challenges to affirmative action at Harvard and University of North Carolina

 at 11:44 a.m.

The Supreme Court agreed to revisit the debate over race-conscious admissions policies in higher education in a pair of consolidated cases that will likely be argued in the fall.

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The campus of Harvard University. (Jorge Salcedo via Shutterstock)



The rise of certiorari before judgment

 at 5:44 p.m.

A procedure that allows the Supreme Court to hear cases before federal appeals courts have weighed in used to be exceedingly rare — but in the past three years, it has become far more common. The justices haven’t explained why.


Justices affirm Crawford’s application of confrontation clause to testimonial evidence

 at 12:41 a.m.

The decision in Hemphill v. New York rejected a New York rule that carved out an exception to defendants’ Sixth Amendment rights. 


Justices take up cases on power of district courts and regulation of wetlands

 at 12:15 p.m.

The court will consider the power of a district court to hear a constitutional challenge to the Federal Trade Commission’s structure. They also will wade into the scope of the Clean Water Act.


Court reaffirms duties of retirement-plan sponsors to monitor and update plan options

 at 4:24 p.m.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a succinct opinion for a unanimous court reviving an ERISA lawsuit against Northwestern University.