Archive for October 2, 2011
Tomorrow is Monday, October 3, the first Monday in October, and therefore the opening of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) for the 2011–2012 session. The court’s current calendar was set in 1916 by an act of Congress.
Generally, First Monday proceedings are largely ceremonial. It’s not clear whether the court will memorialize Jill Clayburgh, who was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court (at least in the movies). Still, I will raise a toast to one of my favorite actresses.
One bombshell announcement over the past week was that the Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court to consider the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (pejoratively referred to as “Obamacare”) sooner rather than later. Clearly, the Obama Administration senses a win-win (or at the very least, a win-draw) opportunity by forcing the issue and asking the court to adjudicate PPACA and announce their decision in the heat of the 2012 election season (presumably in June, at the last possible moment, as it usually does for big cases).
After the jump, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting cases that will certainly be considered by the court this term, and then preview some cases which might be considered but have not been officially added to the calendar (including PPACA). (more…)
Talk show day is upon us again. The big topics this week are Herman Cain’s win in Florida’s straw poll, and the killing of top Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to Politico, here’s the lineup for this week: