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ARGUMENT ANALYSIS

Supreme Court likely to block EPA ozone regulation

 at 3:50 p.m.

At oral argument on Wednesday a majority of the court seemed sympathetic to a group of states and fuel industry associations who asked the justices on an emergency basis to block an Environmental Protection Agency rule that would obligate 23 states to reduce ozone emissions that travel across state lines.

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The four consolidated challenges to an EPA air pollution rule, fast-tracked off the justices’ emergency docket in December, headlined Wednesday’s arguments. (Katie Barlow)

CASE PREVIEW

Social media content moderation laws come before Supreme Court

 at 4:14 p.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral argument in two cases concerning laws in Texas and Florida that would restrict social media companies from banning content based on the views that it expresses. The cases are the second of three disputes before the court this term arising from the relationship between the government and social media companies.

RELIST WATCH

Holding protest organizers liable for injuries

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A regular round-up of “relisted” petitions. This week: The court clears out a lot of relists, and considers holding organizers liable for injuries sustained during protests. The justices will be considering 109 petitions and applications at this week’s conference. Just two of them are new relists.

EMERGENCY DOCKET

Court declines to put hold on Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan

 at 5:14 p.m.

With an unsigned order on Thursday the Supreme Court rejected a request from a group of sexual abuse victims to temporarily put on hold a bankruptcy plan for the Boy Scouts of America while their challenge continues in a lower court. The issue with the plan, they said, is the same as that at the center of December’s Purdue Pharma case.