Weekly Roundup, April 1, 2016

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Check out the latest reporting and opinion on Obama’s Merrick Garland nomination from Slate, The Washington Post, NPR, Politico, USA Today, and Vox.

George Mason University voted to rename its law school after Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday afternoon. News reports from the Washington Post, Above the Law, and Wall Street Journal.

Oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest religious liberty challenge to the ACA’s contraception coverage requirement, generated a predictably heated debate. “At its core, this case . . . is a case about religion’s role in civil society,” wrote Linda Greenhouse for the New York Times. Further coverage from The Atlantic, NPR and The Economist.

Is Puerto Rico its own sovereign state? This question is at the heart of the challenge in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. Read more on The Atlantic.

Justice O’Connor’s animated civics game Win the White House teaches students “to compete civilly against opponents with divergent views on issues like immigration and gun control.” Reporting from the New York Times.

On Tuesday, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association was left in a 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court, leaving in place the appeals court ruling and snatching away what “right to work” advocates hoped would be a major blow to labor unions. Reporting from BloombergView, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.

For more on the challenges of an 8-Justice Court, see Richard Wolf’s article in USA Today. He write: “Change has come to the high court, and the justices are dealing with it in fits and starts.”

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