Weekly Roundup, March 11, 2016

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What did Justice Kennedy whisper to Justice Roberts? The National Law Journal wrote about the history of the Justices’ private bench conversations.

At ISCOTUSnow, Chris Schmidt looked at the usually silent Justice Thomas’s questions from the bench last week and a few of his other contributions to oral argument.

In an unsigned opinion, the Court overturned an Alabama Supreme Court ruling and held that states must recognize an adoption by a same-sex parent that occurred in another state. Reporting from SCOTUSblog, Vox, USA Today, and The New York Times. The Atlantic called it a “Writ of Duh.”

Senate Republicans remain unbending in their opposition to considering any potential nominees for Justice Scalia’s seat.  “The partisan divide . . . has all but guaranteed an eight-justice court for the next year,” reported The National Law Journal. “The significance of the Senate’s action lies in reminding us that the Supreme Court is not an ordinary court but a political court,” Judge Richard Posner wrote on The Washington Post. Further reporting from Bloomberg Politics, The Originalism Blog, CNN, and Politico.

Justice Ginsburg is publishing a book, “My Own Words,” in January 2017. The publisher describes it as “a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.”

On Friday, The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law that, according to its critics, would leave the state with just a single abortion clinic. Reporting from the New York Times and The Washington Post.

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